Skip to comments.When Sex Ed Becomes Porn 101
Posted on 09/01/2003 9:31:21 AM PDT by Jean S
Its Back To School time again, and heres the first pop quiz. No, its not for the kids. Its for parents, and they have to answer only one question: Do you know what your children are learning in sex-education classes? If youre like most parents, the answer is no. But if the program is billed as abstinence-based, you probably dont feel particularly concerned. The important thing, as far as youre concerned, is that your kids are being taught to say no to sex.
But are they? The fact is, nearly all of the government-funded abstinence-based or abstinence-plus programs delivered in schools nationwide contain little, if any, reference to abstinence. They may mention it briefly, but its often presented as something that (wink, wink) kids in the real world will ignore.
Far worse, though, is what abstinence-plus programs do contain: explicit demonstrations of contraceptive use -- especially condoms -- and direct encouragement to experiment sexually.
This despite the fact that parents consistently say they dont want their children to be exposed to such messages. A recent Zogby poll found that three out of every four parents disapproved or strongly disapproved of abstinence-plus curricula. About the same number say they want their children to receive an authentic abstinence education.
More likely, though, their children are being exposed to programs such as Focus on Kids (which, like other abstinence-plus programs, is heavily promoted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Kids are told, among other things, to go on a condom hunt to local stores to survey the various types of family planning methods and ask: Whats the cheapest price for three condoms?
Focus on Kids also has teachers stage condom races between teams of students. (Warning: Explicit language ahead.) Each person on the team must put the condom on the dildo or cucumber and take it off, the program says. The team that finishes first wins. But intercourse isnt the only topic on the agenda. Teachers are told to have the kids brainstorm ways to be close. The list may include body massage, bathing together, masturbation, sensuous feeding, fantasizing, watching erotic movies, reading erotic books and magazines
Unfortunately, Focus on Kids isnt the only program that takes such an approach. In Becoming a Responsible Teen, or B.A.R.T., kids get an education not only in condoms but in lubricants: If you were trying to find something around the house, or at a convenience store, to use as a [lubricant] substitute, what would be safe? Why? Some grocery store lubricants are safe to use if they do not contain oil: grape jelly, maple syrup and honey.
Then theres the ironically named Be Proud! Be Responsible! program, which lists several ways teachers can show kids as young as 13 how to make condoms fun and pleasurable. For example, once you and a partner agree to use condoms go to the store together. Buy lots of different brands and colors. Plan a special day when you can experiment. Just talking about how youll use all of those condoms can be a turn-on.
And who knows where youll be when the mood strikes? Perhaps thats why the CDC-approved Reducing the Risk program advises teachers to tell kids, while theyre shopping for condoms, to put down the stores hours, too, because it may be important to know where to get protection at some odd hours. There are also family-planning clinics, of course: Students who might worry about what Mom and Dad think are told, you do not need a parents permission no one needs to know that you are going to a clinic.
It helps to engage in some role playing, too, according to the Be Proud! Be Responsible! program. Two females, Tyceia and Felicia, are told to begin negotiating safer sex together. Theyve been sexually active with males in the past, but now they can accept their bisexuality. Male students arent excluded: Gerald is told that Allen has never used condoms. You want to have sex with him, but not without using condoms.
Its bad enough that these sex-ed programs hide under an abstinence-plus label while completely undermining what most parents want for their children. But when they encourage indiscriminate condom use and sexual experimentation, theyre sending kids a troubling message -- that we expect them to be sexually active and approve of it, provided its safe. And its all billed to you, the taxpayer. Is that what we want?
Robert Rector is a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation (heritage.org), a Washington-based public policy research institute.
Distributed nationally on the Knight-Ridder Tribune wire
Maybe I am becoming and old fogie, but I don't remember this type of encouragement in high school. I remember having to carry around a drained egg for 2 weeks to simulate the care that would be needed if I were stupid enough to have sex, get a girl pregnant, and have a baby.
I am certain that isn't taught anymore; rather, the girls are shown how to have sex and simply directed to the nearest abortion clinic.
This is insanity.
Providing opportunities to consider the personal and social rewards (pressures) of engaging in sexual risk-taking behavior. Through all its varied learning activities, youth learn to create positive feelings about themselves without engaging in risky behaviors. In addition, in Session Two, youth dispel the myth that all peers approve of risky behavior.And here is the picture of the guy who wrote this:
Examining the health risks involved in unprotected sexual behavior. Sessions Two, Three, Four and Seven increase youth's sense of vulnerability to becoming infected with HIV and their awareness about the difficulties of living with HIV.
Identifying the alternatives to sexual risk-taking behavior. Through the SODA Decision Making model, the Family Tree Activities, and role play activities, youth learn to consider the alternatives to risk-taking behavior and practice decision making, communication and condom use skills necessary to act on healthy decisions.
Now not to judge a book by its cover, but I wouldn't trust my children around this feral, rat-like-looking, John Holmes-mustache-wearing individual.
I agree. And that brings up something else that I knew we have been bantering around lately: why is everything "gay" this and "gay" that? What is going on?
It seems that the "gay lobby" (read: almost every person in show business...at least it seems) has made it chic to be gay. What I find weird and (of course) 100% hypocritical is that gay people talk about being born this way or it being a "lifestyle" choice. Ok, so why is it somehow "wrong", "uncool", or whatever to be a heterosexual?
Why is it that you have to be a homo all of the sudden? And, why do young people, who are having a hard enough time as it is figuring out who they are and what they are about, have to be further confused?
If their statements are true (you are born gay), then you can figure that out on your own with time. If it is a lifestyle choice, why be forced to make (or at least confront) the choice at 13? These people can't make a decision on what the best way to parallel park a car is, but you are asking them to chose whether they are gay or not?
This is insane.
Understatement of the year. The message is more than "troubling". The secular humanist-moral relativist- whore-mongers want to turn the country into a free-for-all brothel. They are also recruiting future abortion clients. Anyone who doesn't home-school their kids or send them to a decent and trustworthy private school is courting disaster. Not every kid sent to gov't school will get ruined but the odds are very good. Kids are notoriously "peer influenced" - and DO soak up the atmosphere, values and what is being taught. That's why the homo and hedonism promoters want to get at them young. If they waited until the kids were in college, they'd have a much harder time destroying them.
Soon to be part of the course, I'm sure.
The only taboos left are incest and pedophilia (and profs and psychologists, supported by NAMBLA and their brothers-in-arms the ACLU are nomalizing that as we speak), bestiality, necrophilia, and cannibalism. Everything is else is normal, natural, fine, and okey-dokey.
Even ten years ago most people would have shuddered with horror to see what now is commonly accepted and seen on TV. It's called desensitizing the sheeple. Or putting the frog in cold water and gradually turning up the heat.
The only solution I can see short of major catastrophe of some sort is a strong religious revival among a lot of people.
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