Archives: 2014 & Earlier

Red Sex, Blue Sex

The New Yorker

Conservative Christians’ reactions to Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s announcement that her unwed 17-year-old daughter was pregnant were starkly different from the shocked responses among liberals of all denominations. Many evangelicals focused on what they saw as the positive side of the story: Bristol Palin’s decision to keep her baby and marry the young father. Such reactions reflect the prevalence in “red” Republican states of evangelical teenagers who – despite their vocal support for abstinence – are more sexually active, initiate sex earlier, have higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases and are less likely to use contraception than teens in “blue” Democratic states. Experts say that while religion is a good indicator of attitudes toward sex, it’s a poor indicator of sexual behavior. A more reliable indicator is how “embedded” teens are in their networks of friends, family and institutions (including churches) that reinforce their goal of delaying sex and that offer alternatives to America’s hyper-sexed culture. Nov. 3,



Youth Today is the only independent, internationally distributed digital media publication that is read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field.

Youth Today adheres to high-quality journalistic standards, providing readers with professional news coverage dedicated to examining a wide spectrum of complex issues in the youth services industry from legislation to community-based youth work.


Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue.


We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Donors may be quoted, mentioned or featured in our stories. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions…(read more)

Recent Comments




Kennesaw State University Mountain Logo & Ceneter for Sustainable Journalism Logo
LOGO Institute for Nonprofit News 3 turquoise boxes stacked in "J" shape

Copyright © 2018 Youth Today and MVP Themes --- Published by Center for Sustainable Journalism,
Kennesaw State University, 1200 Chastain Blvd. Suite 310, Kennesaw GA 30144

To Top