Today marks a lucky escape for teenage girls. MPs were going to debate Nadine Dorries’ proposed Abstinence Bill which would make “just say no” a compulsory part of sex education lessons. For girls. Because boys don’t need to be taught to say no, obviously – you guys, they have hormones and can’t control themselves.
As it happens the bill has been mysteriously withdrawn. For now.
We’re not big fans of the Dorries approach here at SB, so we thought we’d suggest some lessons in saying ‘no’ that might prove more useful…
2. Ill-fitting bras – whilst it’s embarrassing to be poked and prodded (fyi you will not ACTUALLY be poked and prodded) down Debenhams; it will all seem worth it when you realise the highlight at end of the day is not taking your pinchy bra off.
3. Dumbing down - If you’re a girl and your dream is to have children, then great, go for it – the world needs mums. We also need scientists, train drivers, athletes and detectives – and none of these professions are off-limits just because you happen to have A) breasts and B) mothering ambitions. It might seem like I’m stating the obvious here, but when t-shirts are marketed to young girls with slogans including “I’m too pretty for homework” and toys are divided into gender lines by the cunning ruse of making the girls’ toys the same but pink we’re still sending out the message that who you are and what you do with your life is determined by what’s between your legs, not what’s between your ears. One for the boys to say ‘no’ to as well!
4. Leaving your coat at home - Young lady! Have you not read in The Sun and the Daily Mail that female youth have been dressing so skimpily on a night out that they have succumbed to hypothermia? I’m not your mother but come 2am you will be glad of a smart coat and sensible shoes.
5. Alcopops - drinking overly-sugary luminescent drinks where the taste of alcohol is deliberately hidden, just so that you can get drunk? Not a great idea, and not good for your teeth, wallet or palate. That sugary drink is nasty, get a beer if you must, and don’t go raiding your parents’ liquor cabinet. (SAY YES TO DRINKING RESPONSIBLY)
Squeamish Kate & Squeamish Louise