Here's an awkward reality: kids grow up, and one of the things parents are responsible for teaching them is the whole story of the birds and the bees. The March 13 episode exposes just how hypocritical American culture can be when it comes to the differences between young men and women taking that life step. When Dre finds out that Junior and his girlfriend Megan are having sex, he's thrilled. It takes the usual chastising from Bow and a woman coworker for Dre to realize that any sex his son may have equally affects his female partner — and that realization comes with a trip to the Sunken Place when Bow reveals that Zoey has also become sexually active while away at college. For a multitude of reasons, Dre is horrified by this development, even though he was high-fiving his son just moments earlier. Part of this is because he's always had a closer, more protective relationship with Zoey than Junior.
But concerns about virginity and teen sex are not necessarily backed by the data and not every adolescent is in a pact to lose their v-card before college. The reality is that only about half of teenagers have sex before high school graduation, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and that figure has not changed for over a decade. But, despite having equal rates of consensual sex, LGBTQ teenagers are nearly twice as at risk for sexual assault. So while the data may quell some concerns, it raises new ones for parents as well. Only about 1 in 4 ninth graders report that they have ever had sex.
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Looks like you're in the UK. Did you know The Strategist is too? These days, Nicole is thinking a lot about sex.