Sexual purity is one of the remarkable virtues which has received little attention from the society today. The attention given to this virtue sometimes ago is no more recognized. Sexual immorality has become the mainstay of the youth’s behavior.
The question as to whether it is necessary to keep oneself pure sexually has remained under numerous controversies. Majority of the youth do not see the need of keeping themselves pure in terms of sex, this is because of the rate at which free sex is increasing. The youth do not see the need why their sexual emotions should not be put to test. Many young men and women have come to embrace modern principles of living, compromising their sexual purity without a slight consideration. It is very amazing that even the older generation hardly speak about sexual purity.
Christians and their Muslims counterparts as well as traditional folks are torn between contemporary principles and their sacred principles or valued principles; curbing sexual immorality among the youth has become a major challenge to these religious adherents.
Society in general is to be blamed, since it has completely failed to address the issue of immorality among the youth. Thus it has suffered continuous sexual misconducts and abuses in every nook and corner. Sexual injunctions laid down by societies have constantly been defied. This rebellious phenomenon in recent years has expressed itself in rank permissiveness in European and American societies. Today, in Ghanaian societies too, the ancient reticence about sex is being exploded and permissiveness and promiscuous indulgence among the young and old are becoming national moral concern. The seriousness of this among Ghanaian youth is particularly alarming.
There is a poor sexual behavior in the mist of Ghanaian youth of today. This immorality is as a result of numerous factors contributing to very appalling sexual attitude.
In the first place, the youth freely indulge in boy-girl relationships without check. Curiosity is the brain behind most of these relationships. In such relationships, a guy or a lady tries to experiment his or her sexual emotions and satisfies it. Gone are the days they dare to venture into such an arena.
Besides, there is also an idea of dating a guy or a lady for reason which only the two involve can explain. This idea is growing very fast among the educated youth. Most of these ‘datings’ lack proper monitoring and counseling from responsible adults and that the two involve freely follow their emotional instinct to do whatever pleases them. The kind of dating people practice in Ghana, especially in schools and colleges, can only been described as “sex dating”.
Uncontrollable dating which lack maturity and proper monitoring always lands in sexual activities and hence immorality.
Moreover, the watching of sexy films or pornographic videos is also on the ascendancy. Pornographic films and pictures freely circulate on our markets unchecked, directly portrayed by both the print and the electronic media especially the internet and the TV stations. Our contemporary music contains quivers of sexual lyrics and quantum sexual exposure. The youth have taken the opportunity of the current situation of the society to resort to the watching of these films to satisfy their sexual drives. Many of them have ruined their minds for dirty sex, bad public exposures (showing of breast though dressed by most women) and other sexual abuses. Rape and defilement, gross fornication and prostitution are the fruits of this pornographic commercialization.
Masturbation among the youth is also another lasting challenge contributing to sexual immorality among the youth. This act has become the daily activity of most average adolescents found in our secondary schools and colleges as well as universities. Some overdo it and get themselves mad and wild for sex. The result is very unspeakable.
What is particularly lamentable is how the youth freely access family planning for their sexual gain. Family planning in Ghana has no limit or barrier in terms of it use and prescription, that is who are the right people to access it? Though meant for controlling family size, it has rather become the avenue where most of the youth find solution to their sexual exploitation and adventure. Free sex is raiding the youth unabated. Institution seems lying low concerning this trend of youth’s irresponsible behavior.
Teenage pregnancy among the less privileged is very rampant. A number of children who are born out of wedlock due to irresponsible behavior outweigh the legitimate children born to marriage couples. Due to improper upbringing, most of these children end up in the street. Those who have no choice resort to social vices such armed robbery, prostitution, drug dealings and among others. Diseases are raiding many with HIV/AIDS being the deadliest. Life spans of people are shortened these days due to immorality. Our human resources capacity is endangered everyday.
Parents, teachers, traditional rulers, educational administrators, religious leaders and other responsible adults are increasingly getting alarmed and concerned about trends in sexual behavior among the youth. There is indeed an upheaval in male-female relationships and there is a break-up of traditional sexual morality. Sexual indulgence or promiscuity among our girls is getting alarmingly high. Many boys and girls are often found with contraceptives in our schools and colleges including pornographic videos. The wave of sexuality that is engulfing the youth is accompanied by increase in thefts, covetousness, shamelessness, jealousy, pride, selfishness, wickedness, rebellion and violence. Sex seems to be the root of all evils and not money. It can be said without exaggeration that these trends pose a great danger to the future of this country; for as the dictum of Lenin rightly expresses it, “if we wish to destroy a nation, we must first destroy its morals”.