Sometimes I feel as if everyone has gone crazy with these "puritanical" views or maybe they are just the extreme voices that make it through all of the 24 hour news cycles, and maybe it's just hugely influenced by the small town I live in... here's an article that was posted on KPEL, by Bernadette Lee, my favorite talk radio show host in the mornings here, and you can tell she's speaking to her "audience" - I live in a very small CONSERVATIVE town.
This is not how I remember Sex Ed/ Health Class...
I remember health class being about just that, health. I remember sex-ed in Junior High School (6th, 7th and 8th grade) and how it wasn't porn 101 it was just a very forensic class about your body and the birds and the bees. And there were a few classes about STDs that could truly make you want to lock yourself in a closet. They mentioned condoms but we never had the cucumber or banana demonstration, honestly I don't remember that even happening in high school.
I also remember that it was a big deal to "french" kiss someone in 6th grade and to have a boyfriend who held your hand in front of his friends...
Times have changed.
Now a blow job is no big deal, the girls are chasing after these little boys as if they are the ultimate prize, teen pregnancy is rampant and 1 in 4 have HPV... an STD that stays with you for life and can lead to many cancers including cervical and throat.
So you would think that Health and Sex Ed classes would now become more detailed and scary to try and get these kids to focus on something else... but the opposite is true! Abstinence only education... huh?! How does that help these kids?
There are diseases now that there are no cures for, hormonal reactions to sex that both boys and girls are unaware of and therefore unable to pinpoint and deal with.
Basically we are handing hormonal kids loaded guns closing our eyes and saying... "Good Luck with that!"
Can you imagine getting a new gun then going to a "Gun Safety" class and all they tell you is... don't shoot it til you're older and married. Class dismissed!
So what is the big deal about telling the truth to our kids? Why is it so shocking for parents and educators to partner in teaching our kids about their bodies and how to keep themselves healthy? Why is Sex-Ed suddenly being considered Porn 101? We have become a very dramatic nation... my suggestion is that we all take a deep breath and tell our kids the truth.