Teenage sexuality has been a perpetual concern for parents--and for good reason. In our own times, American teenagers have unprecedented opportunities to experiment sexually and they are bombarded with cultural messages that encourage sexual experimentation and promiscuity. In a very real sense, the chickens have come home to roost as this nation faces the inevitable result of a breakdown in sexual morality. A shocking portrait of the new shape of teenage sexual activity is provided in a cover story published in the February 6, edition of New York. Brace yourselves--this is a shocking form of reality therapy. Morris first introduces his readers to Alair, a sixteen-year-old junior at Stuyvesant High School. Alair is dressed in a tight white tank top that is cut off above the hem in order to expose her midriff. She accessorizes with a black leather belt that features metal chains and studs, and she attracts a great deal of attention as she walks down the halls of her very selective high school. Alair is on her way to the "cuddle puddle" that takes place during the students' free tenth period of the day. As Morris describes the scene, "There are girls petting girls and girls petting guys and guys petting guys.
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So, while some people may have been taken aback by the results of a recent study published in the medical journal Pediatrics, I was not. According to the study, one in ten sexually active New York City teens reports having had sexual contact with a person of the same sex. But the study also found that a large proportion The way I see it, New York City teenagers are more exposed to diversity than teens in small towns where everyone knows each other, and that is what makes us more open to diverse types of conduct. But in general, I think New York City teens are more accepting of difference—and more willing to try out different identities themselves. That fact alone shows how accepted same-sex relationships have become.