Sex Education is not “Teaching Sex for Pleasure”

Printed in the Juneau County Star Times – Saturday April 10, 2010

Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth wrote area school districts a letter which may intimidate teachers, administrators, and school board members from developing or teaching a comprehensive community-based human growth and development curriculum.

The unfortunate consequence of his action will not be to delay first sexual intercourse by Juneau County teens.  It is more likely that those teens, when they do become sexually active, will not have the information they need to protect themselves from unintended pregnancies or sexually transmitted infections. Many people do not get any sex education after high school, so it is also likely those teens will not have the health information they need to make informed health care and family planning decisions when they marry and/or become sexually active as adults.

District Attorney Southworth’s statement that schools teach about sex for pleasure or that sex education is analogous to teaching people ‘how to mix drinks,’ makes it obvious that he either was not in a reputable sex education program or he wasn’t paying attention. Although there are always a few examples of highly publicized unacceptable behavior that opponents of sex education point to, there is no accepted pre-college program that teaches human sexual response to minors and I know there is no Juneau County school district curriculum that teaches techniques of sexual pleasure.

What do reproductive health educators teach young people?

  • They can prevent cancer by being vaccinated against HPV.
  • Consistent and correct use of condoms can prevent sexually transmitted infections.
  • Testicular and breast self-examinations are important preventive health care regimens.
  • Folic acid is important to pre-pregnancy planning.
  • Coercive sexual touching is illegal and destructive.
  • Hormonal contraception can prevent pregnancy.
  •  . . . and other information that helps people make informed decisions to protect their health.

None of the material is erotic and none of it could be considered in a court of law to be “encouraging young people to have sex.”

Family Planning Health Services (FPHS) is a private non-profit corporation with a mission based on the ideal that information is better than ignorance when it comes to sexual health. When we are invited to participate in any classroom, our presentation respects school district standards. We strive to be age-appropriate and medically accurate. Our first concern is always the health and well-being of community families.

District Attorney Southworth has gained a lot of media attention and there will be controversy and fund-raising on all sides of this issue.  Through that turmoil, FPHS will continue to provide the community with access to family planning services and education that is responsible and professional. We support Juneau county school districts who educate our young people and we promise to support any district or local teacher who provides lawful sexuality education as described in The Healthy Youth Act and who is charged with a crime by District Attorney Southworth.

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  • crowepps

    “Forcing our schools to instruct children on how to utilize contraceptives encourages our children to engage in sexual behavior, whether as a victim or an offender.”

    Gee, I can’t remember if the last time I “engaged in sexual behavior” if I was the ‘victim’ or the ‘offender’. This guy has some seriously twisted views on sex, but they aren’t anywhere near as bad as his views on the law.


    According to his logic, if a PARENT found out their teen was sexually active and explained birth control to them, the parent could be arrested for “contributing to the delinquency of a child” as well as “failing to report the crime of sexual abuse”.


    That’s not even to mention the fact that the District Attorney apparently is under the impression that if the Legislature passes a law and the Governor signs it, none of that counts and he gets to arrest and jail people who are actually OBEYING the law because he personally doesn’t agree with its intent.

  • ahunt

    Good Lord…I completely missed these implications.


    Hell, when this broke, all I did was reminisce about the hot monkey love the BH and moi were engaging in…at the age of seventeen…using effective contraception….32 FUCKING YEARS AGO! 


    Newsflash…teenagers have sex! Contraceptive sex. Even back in the good ol’ days.


    So I dismissed the fundie DA  as a complete idiot out of hand…and never stopped to think of the  logical conclusions one could draw from his legal stance. Crowepps, this needs to be sent to the newspaper in Madison. It is that good.




  • wendy-banks

    “…that the District Attorney apparently is under the impression that if the Legislature passes a law and the Governor signs it, none of that counts and he gets to arrest and jail people who are actually OBEYING the law because he personally doesn’t agree with its intent.”

    Wow, this guy needs to be fired– How does he KEEP his job to begin with? I spent the first sixteen years of my life in Wisconsin, and I know they are conservative, but, COME ON. Well, Arizona is worse. I’m having such fun here in McCainville, the twit Govenor tried to balence the buget by axeing most of AHCCCS (Arizona’s medicaid) and Kidscare– (AHCCCS for kids who’s parent’s make just a LITTLE too much money) Which whould mean that I and my daughter would get NO heathcare. Let’s see now I get about $1600 a month and my meds cost about $800+ Not including rent, bills, food, etc, and my doctor told me today I need surgery– Yeah, like that will work with no insurance…

    What surgery???

    She wants to roto-rooter my sinuses– I’ve had a sinus infection on and off– (mostly on) for years and can’t get rid if it. Oh yeah, that sounds like such a blast I’m gonna have her do it twice *NOT*. And, I have to stay in the hospital a day. *Oh, happy day… Just shoot me please* And Opiates make me sick– I can’t even have the fun of getting drugged out of my mind… Parden my whineing, I’m kind of a coward about surgery.

    Sorry, blathering, back to my previous interupted rant.

    And the stupid ass Govenor is a rabid pro-lifer (if she could she would ban all abortion for any reason *except if the woman will die– Well, that’s white of her I must say*, anti-birthcontrol (if a person does not want children, they should not have sex- period. Raped? Too bad… No PlanB for you), tea-bagger, birther, and wants to take the US Government to court over the healthcare bill (yeah, she’s one of those nuts). I miss Janet Napalitano, I really do— She’s sane.

    Arrg, I give up, time for Suadfed and Pain pills. G’night.

  • bj-survivor

    Wendy, I may be able to offer you some advice regarding intractable, recurrent sinus infections. I used to have them, too. I would have round after round of antibiotics and the fuckers would always come back, because they never went away. Email me at hummersurvivor at gmail, if you want to know how I got rid of them cheaply and for good.

  • bj-survivor

    Blast, I gave you the wrong address. It’s hummersurvivor at hotmail.