Once again we have puritanical forces at work. When will people stop burrying their heads in a Bible and really get out there and see the world for what it is? If we were meant to have sex at 18 or 21 then our bodies would come to sexual term at that age, period. This is nothing but a group of people trying to force their beliefs on an entire population. Nature clearly dictates that we become sexually active at a much earlier age than what the State defines as adulthood. It is Nature which endows young adults with the urge to have sex, not the young adults themselves. A man begins to sexually mature in his teens and reaches the peak of that maturity at approximately 21 years of age. From then on it's basically down hill. Women reach their peak of sexual maturity in their mid to late 30's or early 40's. Who is the President, or anyone else for that matter, to declare that we should control what Nature has given us? No one makes the choice to feel sexual, and I believe it's pointless to ask people to live contrary to their nature, or worse yet, teach them that what they naturally feel is "bad". How can it be?
Now, I'm not advocating that we all go out there humping everything in sight, just that we should make allowances for our nature, and begin adjusting our lifestyles accordingly. We need to realize that these old traditions and ideas of sex and marriage don't square with the natural inclinations of our bodies. It's pointless to try to prevent a young budding teen from wanting to have sex. It's a natural cycle in the process of their maturity. Rather, it makes infinitely more sense to teach them how to responsibly address these urges that they will eventually feel. Asking them to simply ignore these urges is not responsible. They could eventually indulge in misguided practices as a result of a lack of education; it is then that we will have failed the future generation.
I see the problem here as not one of unruly teenages unable to control their hedonistic urges, but that of PARENTS 1) avoiding the task of having to sit down with their kids and have a frank discussion about sex without the constant moralising and preaching, 2) failing their kids and attempting to shift the blame, 3) not accepting their children for who and what they are and 4) forcing their own beliefs and ways of life on their children instead of nurturing them and allowing them to choose the best path for themselves.
For some strange reason, many Americans are obsessed with placing too much faith in morality, righteousness and religion and fail to acknowledge that times are changing and that they should adapt accordingly. Instead of living in denial by preaching abstinence, these parents need to be sitting with their kids and explaining to them, look, this is how it works and this is how you do it responsibly. You have to inform them and allow them to choose.
Parents are rightfully afraid to place any trust in their children because they know they have failed them and they know they will ultimately make uninformed decisions. Perhaps this whole abstinence thing is just our guilt screaming out.