Sex not just a physical act

Is sex overrated?

Yes and no. Sex simply equals responsibility.

The average college student thinks they comprehend that fact, but in reality they don’t truly grasp the concept of sex. At least not before being burned in some way or another at least once.

For those who understand all of the ramifications and have a trusted sex partner it is definitely not overrated.

Sex is a gift from above and the cheapest form of exercise on earth. Sex does not require you to have any special equipment, gear, shoes or clothing.

However, for those who don’t understand the complexity of sexual intercourse, I’ll start with pregnancy.

After one year of attending Florida A&M University at least one of your friends will get pregnant. According to the College Student Journal, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 86 percent of college students nationwide have had sexual intercourse and that nearly one-third of college women attending four-year institutions have experienced a pregnancy.

Many women, who become pregnant in college, have abortions and that decision will usually haunt them for the rest of their life.

For those who decide to keep the baby, their life will be altered forever. The life they created will rely upon them for at least 18 years. That is a financial, spiritual, moral, mental and physical obligation that most stable adults never feel prepared for, let alone a struggling college student.

Health is also a big issue associated with sex. According to the Medical Institute for Sexual Health’s Web site there are approximately 25 STDs. The report estimated that of the 12 million Americans who are newly infected each year, 63 percent of those are people less than 25 years old.

Would you trust a thin layer of latex to protect you if you knew your dream partner had AIDS?

Another thing to consider about sex is satisfaction. According to Details magazine only 76 percent of men and 28.6 percent of women “always have an orgasm.” That same survey found that six percent of men and 13 percent of women have never experienced an orgasm.

The best part of sex is the orgasm, so what’s the point in engaging in the act without the payoff?

I don’t even have enough room to go into how having multiple partners can impact self-esteem and social interactions.

The sooner you accept all the responsibilities that come with sex, the sooner you can enjoy all of its benefits.

Ellecia Centeno is a junior visual fine arts student from Ponchatoula, La. She can be reached at