December 9, 2004

More on the Federal Sex Ed program

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Ladies, are you frustrated by your failure to land a man? According to a popular text used in federally funded "abstinence" training programs, the problem might be that you're too uppity:

One book in the "Choosing the Best" series presents a story about a knight who saves a princess from a dragon. The next time the dragon arrives, the princess advises the knight to kill the dragon with a noose, and the following time with poison, both of which work but leave the knight feeling "ashamed." The knight eventually decides to marry a village maiden, but did so "only after making sure she knew nothing about nooses or poison." The curriculum concludes: "Moral of the story: Occasional suggestions and assistance may be alright, [sic] but too much of it will lessen a man's confidence or even turn him away from his princess."

This, and more totally false and unhelpful information, is detailed in a new report (26-page PDF) prepared by Rep. Henry Waxman's office on exactly what US$170 million of federal abstinence education money is paying for. Waxman's staff reviewed the 13 most commonly used curricula in federally funded abstinence programs, and found that all but two contained outright falsehoods, or presented subjective opinions as objective fact. To wit: HIV can be spread via sweat and tears; Half the gay male teenagers in the United States have tested positive for HIV; A 43-day-old fetus is a "thinking person"; Women who have an abortion "are more prone to suicide" and as many as 10 percent of them become sterile; Touching another person's genitals can result in pregnancy. Joe. S. McIlhaney Jr., who runs one of the groups producing these materials, admits a few mistakes but defends the rest. Alma Golden, deputy assistant secretary fin the Department of Health and Human Services, said that Waxman's report does a "disservice to our children."

How about a nice old piece from the 1970s on the origin of violence in the sexual repression of young people?

Or slimming pills during pregnancy related to instances of homosexuality in the resulting children?

Every dream turns into something on a T-shirt. - Shriekback

Posted by duver001 at December 9, 2004 3:10 AM