Abstinence-only-until-marriage speaker Pam Stenzel presented her message of shame to the wrong students last week. Many are complaining that her speech was “slut-shaming” and at least one is filing a complaint with the ACLU.
A new document designed to settle debates over how to approach teen pregnancy prevention implies that evidence should trump content. As a sexuality educator and a mother, I have to disagree. What you say is important, as is how you say it and, frankly, equally important is what you deliberately leave out (e.g. no mention of same-sex relationships).
During the Bush Administration, the official Hey Day of the abstinence-only-until-marriage industry, Heritage Community Services, a South Carolina organization thrived on $12 million of federal funding. Now, with the Obama administration placing its curriculum on the list of evidence-based programs, its poised to do so again.