I think it's because there's a lack of accurate and comprehensive sex ed classes, lack of parental involvement in teaching their children responsible sexual behavior, and ignorance of the sheer amount of work involved in being a parent for some teens who choose to become pregnant. In middle school, there were a group of girls who wanted to have babies because they thought it'd be like having a living doll. In High School I knew even more girls with the same outlook.
Granted, some states to a better job at sex ed, not all parents abdicate their responsibilites, and not all teens who choose to have babies do so because they think they'll be getting a living Cabbage Patch kid...but there's enough of a breakdown in information that it leads to a rather embarrassing amount of misinformation and outright ignorance.View Thread
My sex ed class covered anatomy, but not the mechanics of reproduction--and I only learned about female anatomy. The boys and girls were separated and taught the anatomy specific to their genders, and guys were informed about condoms...Which they promptly turned into weird balloon animals after class. The girls found out about condoms after seeing a latex zoo in the halls. I didn't actually learn about BC pills/female contraception options (short of commercials) until I was in college.
My parents were always too embarrassed/uncomfortable to have 'the talk' with me, but like tlkittycat, I loved to read. I hunted down anatomy books, and I raided my mom's romance bookshelves...so between the two, I kinda filled in the gaps in my education.View Thread