Monday, April 29, 2013

Sex (Ed) Positive

I love the Interwebs - where Crazytown is never more than a click away!

Try to imagine the shitfit you would throw if your child's public school allowed this woman to come scream at your kid for an hour about the perils of sex.

Her name is Pam Stenzel, and she earns $4,000 - $6,000 per appearance to tell kids there's "No such thing as sex without a price." And when you're trying to scare the shit out of kids, why stop at "I could look any one of you in the eyes right now and tell if you're going to be promiscuous." Wouldn't it be more effective to just LIE? Here are some whoppers from a speech given this month at a high school in West Virginia.
As part of the Welfare Reform Act, we are now requiring in all fifty states the Social Security Numbers of both parents on every birth certificate of every child born in this nation.

Girls, infertility, the inability to have children of your own biologically has risen over 500% among women in ten years.

Our university campuses are one big giant disease!

In the 1950s we had five sexually transmitted diseases we knew about and were treating. Five! You could count them all on one hand.

You get one of these diseases, and you've got it for life! Which is a lovely thing, boys, when you're getting ready to get married. Found this girl you love, I mean this is it. She's the one you want to marry. All those other girls were just messing around. Pull out that diamond, look her in the eyes... and say, "Marry me. By the way, I've got genital warts. You'll get it, too, and we'll both be treated for the rest of our lives. In fact, you'll probably get a radical hysterectomy, cervical cancer, and possibly death. But marry me."
Wanna listen to the whole thing?

Take a deep breath and think of Katelyn Campbell the George Washington High School student body vice president who refused to attend the assembly, calling it slut shaming. School Principal George Aulenbacher threatened to call Wellesley College, where Katelyn will be enrolled this fall, to tell them about her "bad character."

The College's response, via Twitter.
Thank Heaven for that! But, back in West Virginia, telling public school kids that premarital sex will devalue them, scar them emotionally, leave them infertile and cause marital infidelity remains totally kosher.

Telling them that sex is normal and enjoyable . . . Aww, hell no!

Let's start by saying that these images were not produced by Planned Parenthood, much less used as part of the organization's sex ed curriculum. As Wonkette points out, these cartoons are from a book for kids called It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie Harris and Michael Emberly. Which makes it all the weirder that an organization called Twelve Generations of First Cousin Marriage American Life League is using these images as part of a campaign against Planned Parenthood.

This week, ALL presented this ad to the Washington Post and New York Times, both of which deemed it too graphic to run. Then ALL claimed that Planned Parenthood was using federal funding to distribute these images to public school kids. Please, World Net Daily, enlighten us as only you can.
Judie Brown, president and co-founder of ALL, agrees that the images are shocking, but says that the images come directly from Planned Parenthood materials funded by American taxpayers and aimed at those taxpayers’ own children. 
“Parents tax dollars are being used to turn their own children into Planned Parenthood’s future sex customers,” says Brown. “Their abortion business is based on exploiting young minds and filling those minds with all manner of sex instruction. 
“It is a grisly trail, but it leads from sex instruction to contraception to abortion when contraception fails,” she says. “That is the Planned Parenthood recipe, and the media likes it.”
It's not the blatant lying that surprises me, really. Or even the gross violation of copyright law. No, what shocks me is that these people actually buy their own PR. Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity may be carnival barkers, laughing all the way to the bank. But I think these crazy abstinence activists truly believe this stuff  - which they are perfectly entitled to do.

As a taxpayer and a parent, though, I have a major problem with educators lying to kids or shaming them into thinking sex is dirty, or only one version of it is okay. Particularly the girls - because it's always the girls who bear the brunt of all the shame and embarrassment. I'd rather have my kid learn about sex from a cartoon of a penis in a sport coat than listen to someone tell her that the only good sex is between married people.

So, I know it always comes back to Planned Parenthood, but I gotta give it up to them again today.

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