Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Well that clears it right up!

Oh yes, Maturation Night in 5th grade, characterized by awkward silences, giggling and cookies. And, at least in my experience, encompassed the entirety of anything that could be considered sex education in the school system.
“Conservatives say teaching sex education in the public schools will promote promiscuity. With our education system? If we promote promiscuity the same way we promote math or science, they've got nothing to worry about.” Beverly Mickens
I was completely baffled. Didn’t everyone know this stuff? Plus, based on the information presented, I didn’t see how it could enlighten anyone. The only specifics I remembered were; take lots showers and if you have to pick something up off the ground, squat down, don’t bend over because you risk showing your underpants.
My parents, being fans of both education and rationality, had long ago explained the reproductive system along with all the other physiological body systems. I was well prepared from an academic point of view. However, from an emotional, religious and societal point of view I was taught abstinence only and I was as naïve, guilt ridden and anxious as any adolescent girl.
“You can educate yourself right out of a relationship with God.” Tammy Faye Bakker
One of my boyfriends reported his sex education encompassed the coach saying, ”Here is all you need to know; condoms are cheaper than diapers.”
Based on our current system, it is somewhat miraculous that teen pregnancy rates aren’t higher. I’ll be quiet now because if we don’t discuss “IT”, then “IT” won’t happen.

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