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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