Sharon Stone recently offered this bit of advice to teenage girls: if they don't want to have sex and they're feeling pressured, just offer oral sex instead.
An article in Contact Music UK reports Stone as saying:
Young people talk to me about what to do if they're being pressed for sex? I tell them: oral sex is a hundred times safer than vaginal or anal sex. If you're in a situation where you cannot get out of sex, offer a blow job.
It's hard to imagine advice that could possibly be worse than this, not even in our Gallery of Bad Advice. Never mind how many STDs can be transmitted via oral sex. Teens really do have the right to say no--entirely--to sex. I realize this may seem novel nowadays, but isn't it better to give them the tools to say no, if that's what they want to say, instead of sending them the message that they'd better have some sexual favor to offer? What about their value as individuals, apart from their ability to offer sexual favors?
If someone is really "pressing" a girl for sex, as Stone puts it, then what ever happened to the old-fashioned slap in the face?
If you're despairing because of Stone's remarks--don't, because there's always hope. This month, it comes in the person of one Mary-Margaret Helma.
She's brilliant, she's inspiring, and she even makes cool modest clothes.
So, who do you think is the wave of the future: Mary, or Sharon?