Social issues are usually not my thing. I think they’re more often than not emotionally driven than logically driven, not that there aren’t logical reasons to be opposed to certain things, but the rhetoric just tends to be on an emotional level that doesn’t help anything. And I by no means am I a prude…but then there’s things that you see Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services do…and even I have to think, what the hell are these people thinking.
For instance let’s take a look at www.girlshealth.gov put out by HHS, a site that should be dealing with girl’s health issues …notice I use the term girl’s not women’s, because, well, take a look at the web site.
How else do I know this is for really, really young (or at least really, really dumb) ladies…well let’s take a look at the glossary. There you’ll find such words defined as “flirting”:
and this one
And perhaps the word “homicide” (although I will be damned if I can figure out why homicide is in this list given it doesn’t appear anywhere else on the site)
(Interestingly though the term rape, which might be a little more of a possible issue if dealing with sex-ed isn’t defined here.)
My point here you have to be very young or very dumb to not know the words “flirt” or “homicide”. And that’s fine. You have a site put up by the government that deals with health issues that young people might deal with, basic anatomy, basics of puberty….oh and…
(Fun fact, more government quality work is at play here…the link to “genitals” doesn’t go anywhere as the term isn’t in the glossary.)
Again I’m not sexually prudish, I think sex education should be done early and honestly (by parents…because if you want to trust the schools to teach stuff like this, you’re a terrible parent…but then again there are lots of terrible parents out there who expect schools and teachers to do all the things parents used to be responsible for)…but honestly, if you’re too young to know what the word flirt means there is no goddamn justification for introducing mutual masturbation to someone this inexperienced in even basic social interaction. Let’s ignore whether it’s the government’s or even a school’s place to teach such things,*let’s ignore that lots of parents are also doing a terrible job and not talking to their kids about sex–If a child doesn’t even know what a crush or what flirting they’re not ready for anything more complex. This is kind of basic developmental psychology.
I don’t necessarily object to a lot of the information on this web site…but for an older age bracket. This is clearly being marketed to kids that almost certainly prepubescent and you don’t need to be giving them ideas about anal sex (yes that’s there too) and mutual masturbation when they haven’t even figured out what a crush is.
But then again this is the same government that thinks 12 year olds should have easy access to the morning after pill...yeah nothing will go wrong there.
Rabid social conservatives often seem a tad unhinged and annoying…but it’s moments like this that gives credence to some of their rants. Yes, clearly something has to be done in terms of sex ed. so I never have to hear again “If you sit on cold concrete after having sex you won’t get pregnant,”** but while statements like that are unspeakably stupid, I tend to think this is more a result of government and public education and not because of a lack thereof. And introducing concepts to age brackets too young to understand them isn’t going to help.
*My favorite part about the sex ed debates is that I’m trusting the same people who can’t teach children to read, write, or do basic math, to teach disease pathology, biology, and psychological issues that come from intimate relationships. How about this if teachers can figure out how to teach rudimentary language skills and the government can figure out enough math to balance a budget (and maybe not tweet pics of their junk, Anthony) then I’ll trust you to be mature enough to discuss sex.
**I am not making that up.