Actually 'cola, "abstinence" is the single accepted answer as far as the Bush administration is concerned for STDs, unwanted pregnancies, and everything else. Partly because conveniently enough if you DO abstain from sex, you WON'T get pregnant or get an STD, but mostly because our current government is full of evangelical christians and this really has far more to do with religion than it does with health care.
"Abstinence" as a birth control and STD control method is what GETS you tons and tons of teen pregnancies and teen chlamydia cases, 'cause let's face it, teenagers like to fuck and (GASP!) often don't respond that well to authority.
i don't really see why it's such a bad thing. less unwanted teen pregnancies, less complicated broken relationships, less stds (maybe). i dunno. i don't really understand what your govt has to do with abstinence though...?
oh. i just realised you were probably embittered because of the govt, not because of the Just Say No message. maybe.
I can't speak for Jimbo, but I happen to think that marrying someone before you know how sexually compatible you are with them would be a bad idea.
Also, getting married doesn't magically make people want to have kids right away, or ever. There are sometimes -- gasp! -- unwanted pregnancies within marriages, too. Many, many, many married men and women use birth control.
Therefore, the government is stupid. But you are not. See, choosing how to deal with this issue for one person is a lot simpler than saying you've decided what the whole country should do.
oh yeah, sexual compatibility is important. but i reckon you can learn a lot about a person without actually having sex and just doing..er.. other things. i think i just like the idea of saving One Thing for the person that you truly love/are meant to be with.
and i know there are unwanted pregnancies within marriages, but usually if you're married you're in it for the "long haul" and it (theoretically) should be easier to deal with than if you're just dating or whatever.
the billboard kinda sucks but i do think sometimes kids need to be reminded that you don't HAVE to have sex. even if you do love them. it's not a requisite.
Oh please, oh please, oh PLEASE let Mastercard or Visa or whoever it is sue them to take it down. I generally hate corporations being assholes about parodies of their ad campaigns, but in this case, I will definitely make an exception.