The War on Children: Sex Education in America

I will tell you that I had a mother last night come up to me here in Tampa, Florida, after the debate. She told me that her little daughter took that vaccine, that injection, and she suffered from mental retardation thereafter. –Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), on the HPV vaccine, Fox News interview, Sept. 12, 2011

I know that you wouldn’t want your child to cross the street until they understood the rules and the dangers of such an activity. Yet, sex education in America today is a lot like telling your kid to never cross the street without letting them the know the dangers and arming them with the information necessary should they ever find themselves having to cross a street. Check that: adults in America are waging an anti-sex campaign in which we’re pushing our children into a no-man’s land full of hidden mines.

It’s obscene.

And the adults in this country repeatedly claim they’re doing this in the name of children’s safety. For the children, for the children… they repeat over and over.

The battle over sex education, however, isn’t about what’s safe or healthy for children. It’s about what’s comfortable for seriously sexually repressed adults. In the War on Sex, it’s the children who are the victims. The welfare of our children is being sacrificed so that religious fanatics to inject their beliefs into the structure of our government. The safety of our children is being sacrificed so that adults can feel better about themselves. It should be, of course, the other way around.

The battle over sex education is the battle over childhood and adolescent sexuality. Our government, controlled by corporations and their right-wing authoritarian pawns, has set a clear, tragic, and dangerous challenge: Preventing young people from having sexual experiences and ignoring their health needs as they do.

They’re forcing kids to join them in an unholy crusade to deny sexuality — in the process creating a toxic synergy of teaching kids to fear sexual feelings, while adults fear sexual information. They’ve put kids on the frontlines of the War on Sex as shields and demanding they patrol a toxic landscape of a cultural conflict.

And they’re doing this with your money. Anti-sex educators were awarded more than $200 million in funding in 2006 alone, in every state in the nation. Abstinence-only-until-marriage has been taught in more than half of American public schools and most private schools. Probably in your kid’s school.

Meanwhile, regardless of what parents do or say, the overwhelming majority of today’s kids pledging abstinence are going to have sex before they marry (duh) — unless, of course, their parents can do away with TV, the internet, eliminate cell phones, bomb the fashion industry, and manage to shackle their kids to underground bunkers.

And so what we’re left with is millions of children being systematically prepared for what they won’t experience: adolescence and young adulthood without sex. Of course, that also means that they’re being systematically being unprepared for what they will have: sex, sexual feelings, sexual relationships, sexual decision-making.

In the following weeks, I will be addressing the various issues embedded in this War on Sex and the harm it’s doing to our children.

My name is Eddie and I’m in recovery from civilization…

  • CommonSense

    Cool, could you please add in how so many teenage children becoming unwed mothers and making young women grandmothers totally impacts lives

  • Actually, I will be addressing the FACT that these programs have the opposite effect of the so-called intended purpose. Long-term studies show, for example, that children subjected to the ignorance of abstinence ONLY sex ed are more likely to engage in sexually risky behavior, and more likely to get pregnant, than children who are granted an INTELLIGENT and comprehensive sex ed program.

    You would think that anyone attempting to comment here would arm themselves with KNOWLEDGE, but then that would mean that SENSE is actually “common.”

    SMDH

  • CommonSense

    Sure, because the last thing you would expect is someone who is intelligent to comment on this site and the manner in which you hastily attempt to personalize and attack any other view other than the one you propose is telling.  I am sure you have statistics to back up the increase in teen births coinciding with the decrease of morality and application of common sense.   Common sense such as children are children and perhaps similar to you,  do not think and act like adults, rather they indulge in instant gratification and simply seek justification being blind to the impact of the consequences.  Proof? Look at specific cultures.

    So be sure to highlight the increase in teen pregnancies and social diseases including aids in your theories, specific cultures also have a large representative rate in this area, coincidentally the same ones that have high teen pregnancies. There are correlating studies that highlight these very facts.   What is your end goal? Do you really believe that common sense is nothing but a social taboo and removing all social taboos to unbridled teen sex will make the hormonal effect diminish and suddenly furnish them with better judgement? Do you really think teens, your personal capacity not withstanding do not know everything you are suggesting they be taught?  Of course unless you are targeting pre-teens with your snarky attitude.

    Anyway, judging by your immediate defensiveness I would gather you aren’t an intellectual man rather one who wants his clambake theories accepted despite the glaring holes and preteen leanings.

  • THREE paragraphs of blah blah blah and you never even addressed the most salient point:

    ABSTINENCE-ONLY SEX ED LEADS TO HIGHER RATES OF TEEN PREGNANCY AND STD INFECTIONS.

    I put it in caps just in case you missed it. And no, the above statement is NOT a “theory,” it is a FACTUAL STATEMENT.

    Now, for an individual calling itself “common sense” you fail to exhibit any. For example, you erect the following strawman:

    “Do you really believe that common sense is nothing but a social taboo
    and removing all social taboos to unbridled teen sex will make the
    hormonal effect diminish and suddenly furnish them with better
    judgement? Do you really think teens, your personal capacity not
    withstanding do not know everything you are suggesting they be taught?”

    This is YOUR argument, not mine. NOWHERE in my post do I make such an assertion. I am saying that we should EDUCATE our children so that they’re fully armed with the knowledge necessary to navigate our world. to keep them ignorant of sex and information about sex is STUPID, not “common sense.”

    And the FACTS back me up on this.

    As for defensiveness? I’m not being defensive, I just can’t abide idiotic responses devoid of substance. It’s a fucked up character flaw, yes, but being intolerant of fools is a flaw i can live with.