Skip to comments.The Cuddle Puddle of Stuyvesant High School (Kids in same-sex/bi-sex encounters at school)
Posted on 02/04/2006 1:02:15 PM PST by XR7
Researchers find it shocking that 11 percent of American girls between 15 and 19 claim to have same-sex encounters. Clearly theyve never observed the social rituals of the pansexual, bi-queer, metroflexible New York teen.
Alair is wearing a tight white tank top cut off above the hem to show her midriff. Her black cargo pants graze the top of her combat boots, and her black leather belt is studded with metal chains that drape down at intervals across her hips. She has long blonde curls that at various times have been dyed green, blue, red, purple, and orange. (A mistake, she says. Even if you mean to dye your hair orange, its still a mistake.)
Despite the fact that shes fully clothed, she seems somehow exposed, her baby fat lingering in all the right places. Walking down the sterile, white halls of Stuyvesant High School, she creates a wave of attention. Shes not the most popular girl in school, but she is well known. People like me, she wrote in an instant message. Well, most of them.
Alair is headed for the section of the second-floor hallway where her friends gather every day during their free tenth period for the cuddle puddle, as she calls it. There are girls petting girls and girls petting guys and guys petting guys. She dives into the undulating heap of backpacks and blue jeans and emerges between her two best friends, Jane and Elle, whose names have been changed at their request. They are all 16, juniors at Stuyvesant. Alair slips into Janes lap, and Elle reclines next to them, watching, cat-eyed. All three have hooked up with each other. All three have hooked up with boyssometimes the same boys. But its not that theyre gay or bisexual, not exactly. Not always.
Their friend Nathan, a senior with John Lennon hair and glasses, is there with his guitar, strumming softly under the conversation. So many of the girls here are lesbian or have experimented or are confused, he says.
Ilia, another senior boy, frowns at Nathans use of labels. Its not lesbian or bisexual. Its just, whatever . . .
Since the school day is winding down, things in the hallway are starting to get rowdy. Jane disappears for a while and comes back carrying a pint-size girl over her shoulder. Now I take her off and we have gay sex! she says gleefully, as she parades back and forth in front of the cuddle puddle. And its awesome! The hijacked girl hangs limply, a smile creeping to her lips. Ilia has stuffed papers up the front of his shirt and prances around on tiptoe, batting his eyes and sticking out his chest. Elle is watching, enthralled, as two boys lock lips across the hall. Oh, my, she murmurs. Homoerotica. Theres nothing more exciting than watching two men make out. And everyone is talking to another girl in the puddle who just came out, meaning she announced that shes now open to sexual overtures from both boys and girls, which makes her a minor celebrity, for a little while.
When asked how many of her female friends have had same-sex experiences, Alair answers, All of them. Then she stops to think about it. All right, maybe 80 percent. At least 80 percent of them have experimented. And they still are. Its either to please a man, or to try it out, or just to be fun, or cause youre bored, or just cause you like it . . . whatever.
With teenagers there is always a fair amount of posturing when it comes to sex, a tendency to exaggerate or trivialize, innocence mixed with swagger. Its also true that the puddle is just one clique at Stuyvesant, and that Stuyvesant can hardly be considered a typical high school. It attracts the brightest public-school students in New York, and that may be an environment conducive to fewer sexual inhibitions. In our school, Elle says, people are getting a better education, so theyre more open-minded.
That said, the Stuyvesant cuddle puddle is emblematic of the changing landscape of high-school sexuality across the country. This past September, when the National Center for Health Statistics released its first survey in which teens were questioned about their sexual behavior, 11 percent of American girls polled in the 15-to-19 demographic claimed to have had same-sex encountersthe same percentage of all women ages 15 to 44 who reported same-sex experiences, even though the teenagers have much shorter sexual histories. It doesnt take a Stuyvesant education to see what this means: More girls are experimenting with each other, and theyre starting younger. And this is a conservative estimate, according to Ritch Savin-Williams, a professor of human development at Cornell who has been conducting research on same-sex-attracted adolescents for over twenty years. Depending on how you phrase the questions and how you define sex between women, he believes that its possible to get up to 20 percent of teenage girls...
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Do you suppose that when they take a nostalgic look back at today's high school days they will title it "Happy Days?"
I had John Lennon glasses (and a hat too) way back in the old days when John Lennon did.
The 'wet spot'?
This is too disgusting for words-our now-grown kids went to Catholic school until their last two years of high school-but if they were still school age, they would graduate from private school or be homeschooled to keep them from being exposed to garbage like this.
Thanks again, President Clinton! Your legacy lives on.
I guess this is what our tax dollars are funding. Just another reason to homeschool.
One of the reasons I chose NOT to raise my kids in "the Village" or "downtown" was the rational fear that the offspring of my neighbors would be Bad Influences on my kids.
The Upper East Side is dull and white bready, but it's worth the tedium when I see the kinds of kids raised hereabouts.
Not that there're no risks in my neighborhood -- far from it -- but the odds of a positive outcome are clearly better.
Probably so. Evidently they consider sex a toy to play with. These people are nutz.
I picture the scene in Animal House when Bluto is walking down the stairs and that guy is playing the guitar and singing "I gave my love a cherry...
BTW, Stuy is THE crown jewel of the NYC public school system. Chuckie Schumer's daughter was enrolled there on 9/11, when they turned its gym into a triage center.
The end times are here. To think of such as this is to weep. Yet another irrefutable sign. Pray that God may yet be merciful.
We badly need to bring back the stocks and whipping post.
Yes, the pro homosexual, spread AIDS with abandon, people have taken over the government school systems. So, yes, you will have kids trying all kinds of sexual experiments (that they must do due to their genetics, of course).
These morons have nothing to contribute to American Society. Is it any wonder companies are looking overseas to fill jobs.
This is a sick example of why some people shouldn't reproduce. The idiot parents are worse than their over-indulged, clueless offpring, who will be bored completely with life by the time they're 19.
It is an insult to some of us who can't too.
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