…On March 25, the Massachusetts Department of Education, the Governor's Commission for Gay and Lesbian Youth, and the Gay and Lesbian and Straight Education Network co-sponsored a statewide conference at
The May 2000
At this point, a child of about 16 asked why someone would want to do that. He stated that if the hand were pulled out quickly, the whole thing didn't sound very appealing to him. Margot Abels was sure to point out that although fisting "often gets a really bad rap," it usually isn't about pain, "not that we're putting that down." Margot Abels informed him and the class that "fisting" was "an experience of letting somebody into your body that you want to be that close and intimate with."
…Let's consider It's Perfectly Normal, a popular elementary-school sex-ed text written by Robie Harris, a member of the Planned Parenthood Board of Advocates. The book is designed for 10 year-olds and contains material recommended by the Connecticut Department of Education for fourth graders. Over fifty graphic colored illustrations of naked boys and girls are used to teach little children about various sexual practices and to assure them of the normality of homosexuality. The book shows children how to masturbate and how to engage with others in sexual activities, short of intercourse. It discusses contraceptives and illustrates how to put on a condom. It also lists nine reasons for having an abortion.
Probably the most popular sex-ed text in American high schools is Changing Bodies, Changing Lives. It teaches that" bisexuality is an openness to loving, sexual relationships with both sexes - our true nature," and graphically describes sexual practices of homosexuals. Then there is Learning About Sex, which is, says the blurb on the cover, "a must for all young people." This textbook blithely observes that "Sado-masochism may be very acceptable and safe for sexual partners who know each other's needs." All texts for older students recommend fornication. Learning About Sex also in effect recommends adultery:
"Some people are now saying that partnerships - married or unmarried - should not be exclusive. They believe that while a primary relationship is maintained with one person, the freedom for both partners to love and share sex with others should also be present."
Bestiality is similarly given space, in the blandly normalizing statement that "a fair percentage of people probably have some sort of sexual contact with an animal during their lifetime...." (Animal-rights activists may want to check how their clients feel about this.) Wardell Pomeroy, author of Boys and Sex and Girls and Sex, also writes of "a loving sexual relationship with an animal," but Pomeroy is more interested in human fornication from a consumerist point of view. "Premarital intercourse does have its definite values as a training ground," he advises the children, "like taking a car out for a test run before you buy it." He neglects to mention that couples who fornicate before marriage are much more likely to divorce than couples who are chaste before marriage. (But maybe he likes the idea of a large supply of preowned spouses available at bargain prices.)
After reading such books, one can understand why the schools in
…The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) was promoting its own curriculum at the NEA convention last summer. Inclusive Curriculum: The Silent Minority Comes to the Classroom states in the preface:
Since each of our schools has a significant gay population, since these students, teachers, and parents have needs and concerns that we have been ignoring for too long, and since everyone in our school community would benefit from increased awareness and education about homosexuality…
It then continues for many pages about how best to correct this oversight. Of course, it ignores the fact that the vast majority of parents do not believe that this is the responsibility of the public school system. Even many parents who do not disagree with the concept of homosexuality disagree with having public schools focus valuable classroom time on a biased social agenda. They, along with those who disagree with homosexuality, believe that schools should concentrate on educating children.
Of course, once you get to the higher-grade levels, the agenda can become even more offensive. A Los Angeles schoolteacher sent me a huge stack of material used or recommended in the Los Angeles Unified School District. One example includes recommended reading from a book called Young, Gay, and Proud. I’ll only quote you a small section because the language quickly becomes pornographic in describing masturbation, and oral/anal sex.
In sex there are no rules. One of the great things about being a gay person is that we’re not held back by a lot of the same limits and fears of heterosexual society. The body is a temple … But it’s also a playground. Have a good time, and explore however few or many of the unlimited possibilities for pleasure that you choose … Get to know your body. Use a mirror for all those hard-to-see places …
Another book on the recommended reading list by LAUSD includes One Teenager in Ten. This particular book describes a sexual encounter between a teacher and a twelve-year-old student while they are away for a weekend dance performance.
She slipped the leotards over my shoulders … leaving the costume hanging at the waist with my breasts bare … she licked her index finger and began …
I won’t read any farther—you get the idea.
Forgetting the idea that this is about lesbian sex, it is pedophilia! And yet LAUSD believes this is appropriate reading for high school students. How safe is the promotion of pedophilia?
Another book that has been used in several states is called Changing Bodies, Changing Lives. This book is in its third edition. On page 147 it discusses homosexual sex.
Most homosexual sex is just like heterosexual sex: kissing, fondling, fooling around with someone you like or love and are attracted to, telling each other what is exciting to you, making love. … People sometimes wonder what it is that homosexuals do. A young lesbian told us, “I thought there’d be something that girls did together that I didn’t know about.” In fact, there is nothing so different about what girls do together. Sometimes they might lie together and press their bodies against each other, or one might caress the other’s …
It then goes on to describe oral or anal sex and using dildos. The next paragraph does much the same thing in discussing male homosexual sex.
Page 95 of this book tells its young readers: “For many people, rape fantasies are a way of letting you imagine yourself having sex.” How safe is that?
Programs promoted by the Centers for Disease Control urge schools to have children as young as nine shop for condoms and conduct condom races in which students line up in teams and practice putting condoms on dildos or cucumbers. Of course, the team that finishes first wins! By the time they are 14, students are urged to shop in grocery stores or convenience stores for alternative lubricants. They are told that maple syrup, honey and grape jelly are examples of alternative lubricants that can be used with condoms. Grades nine through twelve are told to call a clinic for a list of services and hours of operation, or better yet, to visit a clinic “with their boyfriends or girlfriends, even those that aren’t in the class.” And finally, students are, of course, told that they don’t need their parents’ permission to get birth control at a clinic.
What is interesting about the recommended CDC programs is that the CDC fails to mention that their own studies, which they use to flaunt their “safe sex” message, are in fact seriously flawed. Twenty-eight experts released a report published by the National Institutes of Health in July 2001, in which they found that the so-called safe sex studies cited by the CDC for years do not support that condoms are effective barriers against sexually transmitted diseases. Instead, what they found is that condoms do not offer any protection for women against the leading cause of cervical cancer — the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV); that they are only 85 percent effective against HIV/AIDS; that they do offer protection for men from contracting gonorrhea from women but do not provide the same protection for women. In all other instances the studies are inconclusive about whether condoms offer any protection against STDs.
This shouldn’t be so surprising when we realize that condoms aren’t all that effective in preventing pregnancy. And they were designed for that purpose!