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Lisa Masterson, M.D. The Experience of Youth Young women today may be sexually knowledge- able but there's still a lot they have to learn. Today's young women - and by that I mean teenage and pre-teen girls, ages 12 to 18 - are media creatures. A such, they are Sxposed to an enormous amount of information, much of it sexual, by both the traditional media of television, film and video as well as new media such as the internet. The speed with which ado- lescent girls (and this holds for adoles- cent boys too) are able to acquire infor- mation is astonishing to those of us who learned to type on a typewriter. Thus, teenagers appear to be more mature and sexually savvy about the world than any previous generation. Sure, our girls are getting a lot of infor- mation about sex and sexuality but we have to ask ourselves: Is it accurate? Is it appropriate for their age? Is it serving them as well as it should? The numbers speak for themselves. Half of all adolescents are sexually active by age 17. Approximately three million The tragedy is that behind each and every one of these numbers there is a story. And your daughter could easily be one of these numbers and this could be her story. First and foremost, by reinforcing the normalcy of their development and encouraging a good self image even as they are barraged with unrealistic female body images provided by the media, is possibly the most important thing you can do for your daughters. You can shift |fApproximately three million teens acquire an STD each year, and two thirds of persons who get an STD are under the age of 25. teens acquire an STD each year, and two thirds of persons who get an STD are under the age of 25. Furthermore, sexu- ally active teens have the highest rates of STDs, but are the least likely to obtain care. Approximately one million adoles- cent women become pregnant each year. Teens account for 20% of the total num- ber of abortions performed in the U.S. the focus away from their physical appearance and more towards who they are as a person by helping them to explore their interests and seek goals. As a gynecologist, I see a lot of ado- lescent girls in my practice. For the teenager, confidentiality is an extremely important issue and I ask that both the girl and her parents sign a confidentiality agreement respecting this. No matter how close you are to your daughter, she may not feel comfortable discussing issues of sexuality and/or her sexual experiences with you. (Think about it, would you as an adult discuss issues such as sexuality or sexual dys- function with your parents?) What's important isn't so much that your daughter gets the correct informa- tion from you but that she gets the correct information, treatment and counseling from a trustworthy source, period. Today's young girl is tomorrow's woman. With all the technical advances and continued social changes, the future is extremely bright for women today. However, we want to make certain that our daughters' choices in life are not lim- ited by wrong decisions that could change their lives and deplete their futures forever. Thus, we have a responsi- bility to encourage our young women to discover who they are. to purqe their dreams and to respect their boc,cs Ill Dr. Lisa Masterson is an obstetri- cian and gynecologist in private prac- tice with offices at Cedars-Sinai and Santa Monica. Opening to public February 2nd Lunch & Dinner 7 days a week THE REATA HISTORY In March of 1995, AI Micallef, Grady Spears and Mike Evans opened the first Reata restaurant in Alpine, 5 miles west of Fort Worth, Texas. Alpine is the headquarters of the Micallet's CF Ranch, one of the largest fam- ily owned ranches in the country, expanding over hundreds of thousands of acres and two time zones. Alpine is also just a half an hour east of the production headquarters of the epic, Giant. The George Stevens film starred Rock Hudson, Liz Taylor, and James Dean. The tradition of Giant had not been capitalized until the trio teamed up. They chose the name "Reata" from the movie's ranch headquarters After receiving rave reviews, fourteen months later they decided to move on to a major market and selected Fort Worth, a town where all three of the partners have deep roots. Judging from the reception that Reata Fort Worth received, it was the right choice. Eight hundred dinners are served on a busy weekend night. Accolades have come in from sources near and far: Texas Monthly selected it as one of the state's best Southwestern restaurants; Martha Stewart hying featured Spears and his cowboy cooking in an eight-pagespread along with 13 recipes; POV labeled the young chef"The Lone Star Star," and the Dallas Morning News says "Reata is the place that makes everyone feel at home." In January. 2000, the partners have truly gone west, offering their wares on the west coas tin a new flagship facility on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Reata offers a collection of great foods from which cowboys built hearty., tasty, and intriguing cuisine. Reata's menu specializes in simple, flavorful food in the tradition of western cooking. Executive chef and co-owner, Grady Spears, fuses cowboy culture wth ingredients that explode ith flavors of the west. "Real cowboy food, the kind that sustained real people doing really hard work, relied on a base of beef, fish, biscuits, and locally available grains and vegetables. Mainstream and adaptable it was ideally suited for people in a hurt3', haing to move a lot of bull. In other words, perfect for today." Cooking Light Magazine. 18 Beverly Hills Weekly