There’s nothing I love more than a clever video campaign for a great cause.
While I thought the recent “Have Sex With a Guy With a Mustache Day” video missed the mark a bit for Movember, a campaign to raise awareness of men’s cancer, I just uncovered a new advocacy video that hit it out of the park!
Amplify has launched a new web video series calling attention to the ridiculousness of abstinence-only education programs. The video features actual content from abstinence-only-until-marriage lessons that have been taught to students around the country – actual content.
I’ll let the video speak for itself.
Bear 1: What did you learn in abstinence-only class today?
Bear 2: First the teacher passed around a rose and had us each take off a petal. Then she said the rose was now like someone who has had sex before marriage. They lose their beauty and value.
Bear 1: Hmm. Well that is a little troubling.
Bear 2: Then she told us that having sex is like reaching into a bag of candy where some of it has been chewed and spit back into the bag. Who would ever want used candy?
Bear 1: Really? Someone who has had sex is the same as partially chewed and spit out candy?
Bear 2: That is what we learned. Then she told us to imagine a really gross toothbrush that a lot of people have used. If you have sex, you’re the toothbrush.
Bear 1: That is awful.
Bear 2: The next thing is the speaker gave me a sign that said virgin. Then she had everyone spit in a cup. She passed me the cup.
Bear 1: No please don’t say it.
Bear 2: Then she asked me to drink the spit.
Bear 1: No no no, why, why would anyone do this?
Bear 2: She said that is what losing your virginity is like.
Bear 1: Like drinking a cup of other people’s spit?
Bear 2: Yes.
$1.5 billion in federal and state funding has gone to abstinence-only education programs since 1996. Over one billion dollars to teach teens that losing your virginity is like drinking a cup of other people’s spit? What type of education is that?
What we need to do is educate young people about how their bodies work, the consequences of having sex, and the tools to protect themselves so they can make informed sexual decisions.
What do you think?
YouTube screen shot of video