Sex, Suicide, and STDs: The Good News and The Bad
Recent national and international data hit home hard on matters connecting life, love, and death. Good news is, the way forward is clearer because the contrasts are sharper.
The Washington Post has mapped the changes: over the last decade the nation has shifted from lower (blue) to higher (red) rates of suicide.
There is a link between sexual intercourse, suicide and depression: Back in 2003 Robert Rector and colleagues at the Heritage Foundation illustrated the clear link between sexual activity, depression and suicide attempts, among teenagers. A few weeks ago, the California Surgeon General released a report on a very significant increase in serious sexually transmitted infections, and this week the CDC reported significant increases in suicide rates.
In the past, in Mapping America, we reported that enjoyment or fear are significantly influenced by the presence or absence of marriage and worship.
The two great loves triumph here: love of spouse and love of God make for the most enjoyable sexual experiences.
But the absence of spouse and God have their own correlates: fear and anxiety.
The other really bad news of late was California’s Surgeon General report on sexually transmitted diseases: significantly up! On this issue the absence of spouse and God tell the same tale: increased sexually transmitted diseases and increased risk of contracting them.
So, on the disturbing news we can turn to solid ground: get the fundamentals right (marriage and worship) and much of the rest falls in place. Avoid the fundamentals and much of the rest falls apart.
The core strength of the nation in matters sexual and psychological is the intact married family that worships God weekly. All our children need to be so blessed.
With and eye to the child, the future of America,