Real Education About Real Sex? Priceless

12 03 2008

The first national study of four common sexually transmitted diseases among girls and young women has found that one in four are infected with at least one of the diseases, federal health officials reported Tuesday.. . . the new findings “emphasize the need for real comprehensive sex education.”

“The national policy of promoting abstinence-only programs is a $1.5 billion failure . . .and teenage girls are paying the real price.”

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12 03 2008
JJ

Other Snooking about parents, daughters, real sex with real consequences, and sex lies/truths within politicized “education” programs:

“Parental Rights and Responsibilities:Parenting Sex and Parenthood”

“Kansas Coming From From Land of Church-Driven Curriculum”

“My Problem With Homeschool Blog Awards Is That They Aren’t” — Favorite Daughter’s famous extra virgin olive oil essay about purity is linked within

And something that clearly connects for me, whether or not it does for concrete literalist rule-wielding definer types:
“Tarting Up and Dumbing Down: More Thinking About Meaning”

12 03 2008
Nance Confer

Just pushing from the other side with almost-as-badly-slanted info, though. The age range (14-19) isn’t what I would consider “girls.” And the inclusion of HPV, a virus most sexually active women and girls are exposed to at some point, slants the info to the scary side.

Not to suggest that abstinence “education” is a good thing but . . .

Nance

12 03 2008
JJ

Slanted rather than reasonably credible research, even from the CDCs?
And 14-19 not (teenaged) girls? What then? (Going back to story’s lead, I do see a reference to “girls and young women” which seems to cover it?)

I’m not quarreling, just surprised at both of these points —

12 03 2008
Nance Confer

I’ve been seeing this story splashed across TV and the wording has always been “girls.” And I’m not saying the info — the counting — isn’t accurate. Just that it is being spewed in the same way as the anti-sex-ed info is used — to frighten.

The antis have a “better keep them down on the farm and away from anything dirty” theme and this has a “better fund sex ed classes or they’ll all die of VD” slant.

I hate the hard sell — either way.

Nance

12 03 2008
JJ

Gotcha.
And we Thinking Parents aren’t falling for any of that!

12 03 2008
Crimson Wife

Nobody ever caught an STD from sitting in a sex ed class of any kind, whether it’s “abstinence only” or “comprehensive”. So it seems absurd to me to blame it on anything other than risky behavior…

12 03 2008
JJ

You can’t see ignorance as a contributing cause?

13 03 2008
Crimson Wife

Ignorance of what? That STD’s are transmitted by engaging in intimate behavior with an infected person? I think that fact is covered in all sex ed classes regardless of type.

If I lectured my 2 year old about the dangers of fire but then turned around and showed him how to “safely” light a match, I’d be considered a totally irresponsible parent. He lacks the maturity to make good decisions about the proper conditions for matchlighting.

The same goes IMHO for teens and sex.

14 03 2008
Nance Confer

So your two-year-old won’t be using matches until he is a married adult?

That you know of. . .

Nance

14 03 2008
JJ Ross

Hey, wasn’t there a blog meme going around, about dangerous things we should encourage kids to do if we want them to grow up strong and fine, including playing with fire? Not JC? CW? A little help?

(Sorry, I have no time to search around, I’m writing about the poor kids at the Horton Hears a Who movie premiere, traumatized by the anti-abortion protesters — right up there with the military funeral antiwar protesters (just from the opposite fringe of Exploitation.)

7 04 2008
JJ

Favorite Daughter showed me a hot website among her college peers last night, called Scarleteen: Sex Ed for the Real World — obviously not for two-year-olds but real, appropriate “education” for the strong, fine young women ready and willing to learn these life skills.

7 04 2008
JJ

This is very unschooling-appropriate in intent, origin, info, and philosophy!

About Scarleteen:

Scarleteen is owned and operated by Heather Corinna and a handful of international volunteers, many who are young adults themselves, and currently serves from 20,000 – 30,000 teens and young adults, as well as parents and educators, every day of the year, 24 hours each day.

. . .Scarleteen began in 1998 when other young adult sex education sites were not yet around. It wasn’t exactly planned: rather, via a different website, emails started coming in from young adults with sex questions, making clear there was a profound need for a website like this.

We didn’t have a mold or a precedent for Scarleteen, so we built the site — and maintain it still — based on what our users were and are asking for, and take the sort of approach they appear most comfortable with. Scarleteen is the highest ranking sex ed site online, despite the fact that we don’t have a big organization behind us or any public funding, nor have we ever run any advertising. Scarleteen is as popular and well-known as it is because of word of mouth amongst young adults, advocates and educators, and we think that says quite a bit.

We offer Scarleteen as a far better resource for sex information for teens than adult sexuality sites, as well as a supplement to in-home and school-based sex education. Many parents we have heard from have used it as a tool to initiate discussion with their teens on some of the topics addressed. Homeschooling parents have used Scarleteen as curricula for sex education; colleges add out articles to their syllabi often. We encourage you to do the same: we think the best sex education anyone can have is not only comprehensive and accurate, but is a diverse, well-rounded education that comes from more than but one source or perspective.

Few young adults nor parents can rely on school alone, or at all, for comprehensive, accurate sex education. There is every evidence that most in-school sex education is not working. . .

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