Let’s talk about sex education this morning because you guys are really good at helping me see opposing view points.
Before I fully read the article, I thought to myself, “Tsk. This mother is probably all upset because the booklet dares talk about body hair in new places, voice changes, and the sudden interest in the opposite sex. Chill out, mom. This is 2011.”
But then I read the article and saw what was in the pamphlet and WHAT THE VAN HALEN?!
This is what the schools are giving to 10- and 11-year-olds?
I have a very distinct junior high school memory of watching a “puberty” video in health class and the most explicit part of the video was an animated girl stick figure suddenly sprouting hair in a place where hair hadn’t been before, resulting in explosive laughter from the totally mature classroom. The video also had nice animated acne and animated profuse sweating.
That was then; this is now.
I found the booklet, which is from Proctor and Gamble, online in PDF format and read some of the stuff. Snippets:
- When a boy or man is sexually excited, or sometimes for no reason at all, his penis becomes harder and stands away from his body. This is called an erection.
- You can get an erection any time your penis is touched or rubbed, you have happy or exciting thoughts, or if you see someone attractive.
- The average ejaculation contains more than 40 million sperm.
- Sometimes semen spurts out of the penis.
Sex education is important and the booklet does a good job of answering questions that might be asked, but I don’t think this booklet should have reached the hands of a 10- or 11-year-old by way of a school nurse, or at least they should let the parents preview the booklet before deciding how they want to use it.
Some parents might give it to their child early.
Some might want to wait until their child starts asking more serious questions beyond, “Dad. Why do my pits stink so bad all of a sudden?”
Some might want to use different literature.
And some might be like my parents. “Sex? SEX?! Have you been watching Three’s Company again? Ask me again when you’re thirty.”
It’s a miracle my sisters and I all aren’t either crazy cat ladies or giant sluts with ten kids apiece from four different babydaddies.