Last night we watched Texas Teenage Virgins. Thanks to ex-Governer George bush, it’s apparently illegal for schools to teach sex education. This, of course, is leading to soaring rates of teen pregnancy, but the religious right are insistant that they are doing the right thing. Teens are encouraged to take a “purity pledge” saying that they won’t have sex until they are married. Sixteen-year-old-stepdaughter and I watched in complete amazement. Of course it was unintentionally funny in many places but ultimately it is deeply scary.
Sixteen-year-old-stepdaughter has some great views on christianity in general. And she has no worries about expressing them.
TV Narrator: Teenagers in Texas talk to god to give them the strength to keep their pledge.
16-y-o-s: Talking to god is a bit pointless, he’s not going to answer.
Me: well christians would say that he talks to them.
16-y-o-s: They’re such liars.
 One teenage boy described his personal method for sticking to the rules as “stay out of the box”. By this he meant an imaginary box box drawn round a woman’s torso. I don’t think he knew the other meaning of “box”.