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House Republican Has No Idea What Happens in Sex Ed

House Republican Has No Idea What Happens in Sex Ed

Guys, I’ve done it; I’ve cracked the case. I know why social conservatives get so weird about comprehensive sex education, and it’s all thanks to Texas Republican representative Louis Gohmert.

Rep. Gohmert was recently on an episode of WallBuilders Live, according to Right Wing Watch, where he joined a discussion about how the hate group fighters at the Southern Poverty Law Center are indoctrinating our children. Specifically, Gohmert is super concerned that kids are learning about sex:

Let the kids be innocent. Let them dream. Let them play. Let them enjoy their life. You don’t have to force this sexuality stuff into their life at such a point. It was never intended to be that way. They’ll find out soon enough. And, in fact, … mankind has existed for a pretty long time without anyone ever having to give a sex-ed lesson to anybody. And now we feel like, oh gosh, people are too stupid to unless we force them to sit and listen to instructions. It’s just incredible.

Whoa whoa whoa. Hold it right there. Humans have existed for thousands of years with no one giving out sex lessons? Hmm.

First, there’s no way we can know that.

Second, what does this guy think goes on in sex-ed classrooms? It’s been a while since I was in high school, but I don’t think that particular class is offered as a lab credit.

Although, can you even imagine what that class would be like? The importance of the lab partner just got amplified by a million. And the teacher would have so much to cover. First, you’d have to cover the preliminary stuff, like contraception, STDs, etc. But then, wowza! You’d have to teach so many different positions with so many different partners. Okay class, listen up. This week we’ll work on heterosexual intercourse. Next week is the unit on ménage à trois, and after that we’ll be gaying up the joint. At the end of the semester we’ll play Name that Sex Toy, and you can win your very own dildo.

No wonder social conservatives are so paranoid about sex ed. They think it’s a bacchanal of orgiastic pain and pleasure.

Somehow, the point — that sex education is actually just giving kids the means to protect themselves from getting hurt — has clearly been lost. Perhaps better efforts to explain what exactly “sex education” means would help us make progress with conservatives. Somehow, I doubt it.

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8:09AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

i laughed my but off

10:03AM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

These ultra right wing neo-pseudo christian phony bigoted morons should be tarred and feathered, and hung out to dry.

10:41AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

"And, in fact, … mankind has existed for a pretty long time without anyone ever having to give a sex-ed lesson to anybody." Ok, Representative Gohmer-pile, how exactly would you prefer young people to get information about sex and birth control? Through the time-tested method of family members molesting their kids, date rape at the age of 13, or through arranged child marriages, with the people wondering where all those damned kids were coming from?????

7:14AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

When I was in 10th grade, everyone had to take either biology or health education which included sex education. Everyone whose parents planned to send them to college after high school had to take biology. Everyone else had to take health education. Nobody got either both or neither.

2:03PM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

that guy is an idiot. sex-ed was mandatory @the school i attended & we actually learned things. but before that my mom gave me a book called What's Happening To Me? haha i still have it.

11:30AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

thanks

9:13AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Cat C. --

I think it is you who are the "child" here. This namby-pamby 'everybody is equally right, everybody is equally wrong' approach to America's socio-political scene is naive at best.....and at worst it is the very notion used by some of the very worst of our socio-political Teatards to try to justify their regressive behavior and to deflect responsibility for their behavior onto the very people who are fighting against it. There MOST CERTAINLY IS a difference between the people who throw themselves willingly into the intellectual abyss and those who try to better themselves and the society they live in by taking part in the continuing enterprise of the Enlightenment. Just take a read about 1920s/1930's Germany.

In America today, no one political party is perfect, no one party is totally evil. But there are significant differences in approach and in the direction in which they wish the country and mankind to move. I vigorously REJECT your notion that there is no difference, and that it is supposedly childish to recognize the difference. History proves my point.

8:32AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Stupid is as stupid does.

7:12AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

House Republicans have no idea period. Vote all republicans out of office in every state at every opportunity.

12:54AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

native tribes DID give sex education, at least matriarchal ones!!! speak to what you know gohmert, you obviously know nothing on history or sex education.

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