First off, from what I have seen, this is not an urban myth. The incident in the Michigan town got its very own hour news documentary a couple of years back. --Essentially, when a few hundred 12-15 year olds all get venereal disease, it garners interest.
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The generation itself is not to be judged. --I've read a couple of indignant responses from teens regarding this stuff which leads me to think that there is some percieved guilt/blame nonsense making the rounds. Put that away.
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The frustration others are feeling is screen-static. Ignore it, if you can. --I've read many responses from people who are so charged up with their own foibles and regrets and desires and various conflicting issues that they can barely make sense from one paragraph to the next. Trust me. You don't want to be 14 years old again so you struggle through those challenges.
This cultural scenario springs from several sources. . .
1. Over-hyped sexuality in the media. The corporate logic, "If sex sells, then logically, more sex ought to sell. . . More!" --But that corporations are destroying the world is not exactly news. It pays to recognize it, though.
2. Hopelessness. The writing is on the wall for our world, and it has been for some time. Kids are not necessarily more aware of this than most, but the effects of even a garbled message can easily run deeper with a young person than it does with many adults who have been anesthetized by the grind of daily work and too little time to think; and by the fact that they have worked out to some degree who they are. News Flash; Columbine was another facet of this same animal.
But since sex is part of the issue here, as usual, it becomes the only issue. There was little mention that it wasn't just sex which many kids today are dealing so poorly with, but also drinking and drug taking and violence. --All issues which are being noticed, but which are also being compartmentalized and the way our dipshit society has been trained to do. Big pictures are not popular in our "directory/folder/file" society which renders itself impotent in the arena of recognizing, let alone solving, core problems. How can you when all the puzzle pieces are kept in different drawers? --And when some of those drawers are locked up tight because the puzzle pieces happen to be painted in particularly ugly colors. --What? Consider cattle mutilations in the same breath as sexual practices, in the same breath as Wal-Mart towns? Shit, are you out of your mind? People's brains crash when you try to combine ideas even if they are tightly tied together. People don't even have the 'software' to take the first logical step! They veer off into some subroutine, usually involving ridicule and denial. The Blue Screen of Death is a merely a mean laugh in meat-space.
Essentially, there is a huge rage & hopelessness component to this 'kids having destructive sex' issue. And no, it's not just, "a randy itch long before reaching puberty," or some kind of response to the sexual revolution, as those studying it seem to suggest in their bland attempts at insight.
3. Selfish parents wanting to be their kid's friends rather than their parents, and (look out!) Moms having careers.
--I'm sorry, and I apologize, and I commiserate, but when our corporate world pushed our women into the workforce, (see #1 re: corporate evil), and reduced the amount of time parents have to spend with their kids, it's a foregone conclusion that kids are going to make bigger, more catastrophic mistakes.
It's only been in the last 15 years or so that kids have even had access to an empty house in which to go nuts. --An empty house was damned rare when I was a kid back in the 70's. Parents exist for a reason; to provide boundaries and guidance through a child's life. And during the years of puberty, when things get really tough on a kid, not having any (or enough) adults around to keep things steady is just asking for trouble. What the fuck did people think was going to happen when they turned all 'Me-First', 'what about MY feelings'? If you want to focus on YOU, or if you can't afford to keep one adult around while a child grows up, then don't have kids. Parenting isn't a fucking game. Sheesh.
4. Car culture. --Thanks to the American auto industry, all our city planning was designed around everybody having a car. You can't even get to the local hell-hole mall without one of those damned ass-mobiles these days. Before kids get their driver's license, they are stranded in suburban boredom land, where all the houses are identical, all the adults are away, and they are bombarded with distilled televised evil.
So who's to blame? The kids aren't. The Parents should be, but they've been brainwashed and manipulated into being idiots, so you can't really blame them either. The media? Sure, but the media is just the mouthpiece and hypnotic eye of one head of the hydra.
The problem goes very, very deep and it has many roots and, yes, it has dark purpose. "Slaying the World with what Business Knows." That's just a piece of it. But since most people are too screwed up worrying about petty blame and guilt, (owning a car, having a day job, MY feelings, MY stuff, MY god!!!), that they aren't even willing to admit that they're in the middle of a labyrinth. --A maze from which the only escape comes at the price of painful awakening, and painful change. Of letting go.