Blame it on The Clenis:
The teenage oral sex panic began in the late 1990s. It is in some ways a part of the Clinton legacyâ€”more specifically, the Clinton-Lewinsky legacy. It was Clintonâ€™s most famous line (â€œI did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinskyâ€) and the subsequent debate on whether receiving oral sex qualified as â€œsexual relationsâ€ that produced the apparently shocking disclosure that a lot of teenagers were not only engaging in oral sex but regarding it as not quite sex.
Worse: According to press accounts, Americaâ€™s young Monicas werenâ€™t just having oral sex; they were having it in circumstances that would raise Hugh Hefnerâ€™s eyebrows. In July 1998, The Washington Post ran a front-page story with the headline, â€œParents Are Alarmed by an Unsettling New Fad in Middle Schools: Oral Sex.â€
Blame it on The Limbaugh:
Teen smoking and drinking continued to drop, but teenage abuse of prescription drugs has become “an entrenched behavior” that many parents fail to recognize, a survey released Tuesday showed.
For a third straight year, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America study showed that about 1 in 5 teens have tried prescription drug painkillers such as Vicodin or OxyContin to get high â€” about 4.5 million teens. It also indicated that many teens feel experimenting with prescription drugs is safer than illegal highs.
What will we tell the childr—