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Seriously? – “U.S. Campaign to Promote Abstinence Begins”

June 3, 2008

Just go read the Washington Post article. I watched the campaign video, and I have rarely seen such blatant fear-mongering. As the article notes:

The three-minute video depicts a mother of a 13-year-old girl becoming alarmed after learning details about sex ed curriculum being used in her school, including suggestions that teenagers can take showers together and give each other condoms.

Proponents of comprehensive sex ed condemned the campaign as misleading, noting that the “Be Proud! Be Responsible!” curriculum cited in the video was developed to reduce the spread of the AIDS virus among African American males ages 13 to 19. Showering was cited as an example of a behavior that entailed a low risk of transmitting the virus.

The crazy-fear-eyes suburban white lady in the video asks her daughter something like, “Did they tell you it’s okay to shower with boys?” to which the daughter sheepishly replies, “Yes.” Right, because we shouldn’t educate kids about which activities do not spread HIV, lest they think that they are required to perform those activities. Woo-hoo, let’s take everything out of context! Blech.

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  1. June 3, 2008 3:19 pm

    That’s a disturbing little video they have there! It especially weirds me out as a parent (to, admittedly, a toddler rather than a teenager): who is this teacher drumming up parental support for crazy abstinence-only education and shaming? This grown woman who’s embarrassed to read aloud from a sex ed guide? Who is this parent who’s afraid of discussing sex and her values about it with her kid, not to mention who seems more afraid of condoms than of HIV, teen pregnancy, etc.?

    I get scared whenever I realize that, in vast portions of the US, these ideas and attitudes are more ‘normal’ than my family’s values. I hate imagining my child exposed to them.

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