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March 1982

Contraceptive Advertising-Reply

Author Affiliations

Division of Biosocial Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Box 690, Department of Pediatrics University of Rochester Medical Center 601 Elmwood Ave Rochester, NY 14642

Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(3):278. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970390092028

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In Reply.—

I appreciate Dr Mittleman's attempt to clarify the issue of adolescent sexuality. Unfortunately, I believe that he is missing the point, and, by placing his head in the sand (with regard to this issue), he is only seeing the mud of this complex situation. Dr Mittleman joins the throng of individuals who believe that knowledge of a reality is dangerous. I do not conclude that teaching our youth about the dangers of unprotected sex is wrong or ill advised.

Dr Mittleman's letter is one of negativism: do not use television, do not teach our youth, and do not confront the problem directly—as it will only confuse or worsen the situation. I simply do not agree with his approach. Television has already entered this arena: a message of overt sexuality is being presented and is essentially unchallenged! Television is not to blame for the increased coital activity noted

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