On Sex And The Youth On Status Quo
When it talks in the category of metaphor, sex is utilitarian, the expressions young people used to refer to ‘having sex’ included phrases such as, “putting Colgate on a toothbrush” or “opening a girl”. Girls referred to female genitalia by saying, “they are like doors”. Young people’s analysis about numerous sexual partnerships were expressed via opinions such as, “It is good to have a spare tire; if one gets flat, just fix the other,” or: “Girls say, you don’t need to have one cloth only.” On the other hand, these examples reveal that the adolescents’ metaphorical language emphasized the utility of female genitalia as an item which – much like a suitcase or a set of doors – may be opened, entered through, or exited from. Why is it, no double implication deliberately intended, so hard?
To be brutally honest with you, I have to admit that I am as clueless as most young people of today with issues related to adolescent health which essentially talks about sex that affects an individual or greater entity in the society. The deafening and almost disgusting endless issues of corruption, poverty, social seclusion and injustice have unfortunately lost my faith in our government and politics. And well today, ironically, I am task to talk about an important matter that adheres to the call of world association of girls and young women on the importance of sex on which strained me to do substantial research with the internet and friends.
Let me first articulate about the 4th key message of what girls worldwide say that it is important to talk about sex. A survey confirmed that a third of girls first told by their parents about sex. However, 38% receive no formal sex education in their state; eventually, 85 % feel more comfortable talking to girls about it on their on age and 61% wanted to make up their own minds about when to have an intimate relationships and not be persuaded by their own peers. Certainly, the survey only implies that girls globally are doing this for they are in desperation or in depression on not doing such activity and passionately they believe that it is fashionable and is of not succumbing to the seductive sirens of an easy morality, perhaps it is what they assume that the community is looking for. While at the end of the day, nothing ever so significant, save for the fact that it is much worse than before. Am I right? Precisely.
In the past, long before the information period, the time when countries and nationalities were much secluded and linkages were strictly confined within geographical boundaries, the idea of fighting against AIDS, making healthy food choices, preventing adolescent pregnancy, talking about sex, chatting about the danger of drugs and banning in smoking in public places by which these concur in the seven key messages of what girls worldwide say is nil if not non-inexistence. Inasmuch as MTV fever has affected the youth all over the human race, the concept of global village is an inevitably process. Things have changed, people feel that there lives will never survive without forging any such catalyst towards progress and sustainable humanity.
As we all know, a metaphor is a figure of speech which helps us understand and/or experience one thing in terms of another. As we communicate with one another, we unconsciously use metaphors to help us make logics of reality. Our conceptualizations of sex can, therefore, be formed by metaphors, thus, persuading our sexual decision-making, action and languages.
Language shapes the way we suppose about life, and therefore manipulates our actions. Analyzing the metaphors young people use while chatting about sex can provide valuable insights into the shire habits in which they comprehend sex, sexual behaviors and sexual relationships. These imminent may have untapped potential for enhancing the effectiveness of sexuality education interventions.
Seen this way, despite the increasing levels of awareness about HIV and AIDS in Africa, North America and even here in the Philippines for over the past decade, many young people in the region still lack detailed knowledge on protecting themselves from sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies. Studies show that young people become sexually active at relatively early ages, have multiple sexual partners, and often do not use condoms or other contraceptive methods. In these circumstances, intrusions raise awareness and consciousness and to manipulate attitudes and behavior require being well-designed and available for immature people.
Scrutinizing the metaphors young people use to speak about sex is one of a number of ways through which one can value youth culture and adapt sexuality education advances consequently. An important approach from academic research on cognitive linguistics is that the ways in which we think are produced by metaphorical language, which ultimately influences our actions and performance.
Many times girls are taught that they don’t recognize what is best for them. A doctor knows what is best for her health, a social worker distinguishes what is best for her emotional health or judge knows what is best for her- period! We don’t say to girls what to do, we don’t give advice and adults don’t take control of adolescence lead jobs. We generate as many prospects as possible for girls to be in leadership positions and adults do not do all the fundamental works and do not make the entire decisions. Being entrusted, means that girls are active in the appraisal they build about their lives.
Young women and young men must be better educated about what the future seizes. The model for the upcoming circumstances is that the lives of women and men will be equal. Both will be human resources for a majority of their adult lives. Both will be parents. As parents and adults, I’m requesting youth to make hard and clearheaded decisions about their lives and futures … during a time of remarkable social stability and uncertainty. We cannot ourselves be that clear-headed; we cannot avoid right now giving them many assorted messages. We must assist them to know the specific and probabilities about their futures.
Fortified with pragmatic expectations, high aspirations, and sturdy support systems, youth can be primed to move into strong partnership, parenting, employment, and community leadership roles. Youth development and empowerment education programs must have a challenging function to teach the sorting, prioritizing, practice, and exploration that young people must embark to practice for their futures. This basically means that I believe that girls are the experts in their own lives.
In simple terms, this whole thing about the importance of talking sex whether in terms politics, culture and dealing with the entire human race is like a tsunami that has come to our shore. In reality we cannot stop it from coming but we have just to deal with the tide and used it for are own advantage as well as it must ventures closer to the developmental needs of young people as it faces the dilemmas of balancing an existing and more traditional objectives for family, career, and personal attainment. Thus, it assures intergenerational conversation, provides exploration and reflection which emphasizes goal-setting and decision-making skills as it looks forward for a better individual.
Now, isn’t it a nice label? Probably.