Tuesday, April 05, 2005


By Stockton

Oral Sex Safe and Not Really Sex, Say U.S. Teens

CHICAGO (Reuters) - One in five U.S. teenagers say they have engaged in oral sex, an activity that some adolescents view as not sex at all and certainly less risky than intercourse, a report released Monday said.

The survey of 580 children with a mean age of 14-1/2 found 20 percent said they had engaged in oral sex, compared to 14 percent who said they had engaged in sexual intercourse.

"Adolescents also believed that oral sex is more acceptable than vaginal sex for adolescents their own age in both dating and non-dating situations, oral sex is less of a threat to their values and beliefs, and more of their peers will have oral sex than vaginal sex in the near future," she wrote.

Scientists and child behavior experts had some hard questions for the youth of today. "I can't believe what these children today are thinking," said Sociologist Ken Layman. "If you don't think oral sex is sex, you're just not doing it right."

Princeton Professor Lisa Mellman agrees. "There's no way that fellatio should be less of a values threat. Trust me. I remember the Sunday morning walk of shame quite well, when all I wanted to do was get my hands on some mouthwash and forget the weekend."

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