“Progressive” Sex Ed is Actually Still Conservative and Awful
An article posted on ThinkProgress explains a new Illinois law that would ban abstinence only education in school, saying ” Illinois’ current law requires sex ed classes to emphasize abstinence as “the expected norm,” and stipulates that “course material and instruction shall stress that pupils should abstain from sexual intercourse until they are ready for marriage.” Public schools can choose between teaching abstinence-only education, using a mix of stressing abstinence while providing comprehensive information about birth control and condoms, or simply declining to provide any sex ed instruction. Under HB 2675, schools won’t be able to choose the abstinence-only option anymore — they’ll need to either offer comprehensive information about prevention methods, or decide not to offer any sex ed courses whatsoever.”
And progressives are happy about this? The debate has been framed so far in the favor of abstinence only propaganda in years past, and we’ve been so accustomed to the teaching of lies and fear about sex being the norm, that we’re supposed to be happy about the “progressive” choices of 1. not teaching sex ed at all (which is a disgrace), or 2. stressing abstinence while also providing “comprehensive” information about prevention (which is a total crock). I don’t think anyone knows what the word COMPREHENSIVE means.
- Complete; including all or nearly all elements or aspects of something: “a comprehensive list of sources”.
- Of large content or scope; wide-ranging.
Teaching about condoms and HIV under a context of stressing abstinence from sexual encounters and calling it “comprehensive sex education” is a joke. Preventing pregnancy and infections makes up a sum total of about 2% of what it means to me to be a sexual being. How can a lesson plan on sexuality ignore culture, power, gender, violence, emotions, pleasure, politics, orientation, identity, ability, privacy, function, relationships, biology, love… and get to be called COMPREHENSIVE? But because this is the *most* progressive approach, sex-positivists are celebrating. But I argue, no. It’s still not good enough.
Sex education in this country is in a sad and sorry state of affairs if the outlawing of sexist and heterosexist propaganda and lies, to be replaced by no education at all, or education that omits 98% of the topic at hand, is celebrated as progress by liberal websites. This is “progress” like Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was progress in 1993. “We used to be able to fire you at will if we suspected you were gay, but now we can’t unless you freely admit it. Progress!”. Um, no. “We used to be able to tell children that condoms usually fail and if girls have sex before marriage no man will ever want to marry her, but now we can’t say that, and the only thing we can say about sex is AIDS will kill you and use a rubber. Progress!” Um, no. We need to be setting the bar a lot higher and not accept this wolf in sheep’s clothing version of “sex ed” as a victory.