In preparation for what may eventually be another Lila Rose grainy expose trumpeted by the Right, it’s helpful to brush up on where millions and millions of tax-dollars are going to pay for sex “education:” ineffective and stigmatizing abstinence-only-until marriage programs.
For decades, students’ likelihood of receiving sex ed in NYC public schools has come down to the luck of the draw. New York City’s universal standard for sex education, announced in August, seeks to put an end to the loose patchwork of programs across the city. But the usual suspects are using fear-mongering and falsehoods to push their agenda of ignorance.
Calling the program “graphic and explicit,” three local politicians spoke out yesterday against the city’s sex ed mandate at a protest rally (or maybe it was just a press conference) in Brooklyn.
An op-ed in today’s New York Times preys on parents fears about sex ed but a closer look shows that it is not as much about sexuality education as it is an overt example of how far the socially conservative agenda is pervading all aspects of our culture.
A right-wing group affiliated with the Catholic Church hierarchy is advocating against New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s new sex-ed mandate while also opposing access to family planning services and decrying the city’s abortion rate.
Earlier this week, New York City announced that all public middle and high schools must provide a semester of sex education in 6th or 7th grade, and again in 9th or 10th grade. HIV-positive women worked for several years to make this happen.
New York City takes steps to protect students by mandating that public schools offer comprehensive sex education.
For some, the idea of including pleasure within sexuality education is a no-brainer. For others, it is the forbidden subject—the Voldemort of sex ed that should not be named under any circumstance.
Next week the Tennessee legislature will vote on a law to prevent teachers from talking about homosexuality in class. This is not the first or the last time lawmakers have censored educators.
The Illinois House is using the conservative Agriculture Committee to pass anti-choice bills, North Dakota is looking at a personhood bill, and Sen. Lautenberg and Rep. Lee introduce a bill banning federal funding of ineffective abstinence programs.