The controversy over sex education is not going to diminish anytime soon. One reason is that the promoters of a “sex positive” culture—that is, a culture that embraces Aleister Crowley’s mantra to “Do What Thou Wilt”—continues to completely misrepresent what is fact in the debate over what content should be included in sex education programs. The article below claims that there is “compelling proof that comprehensive sex education has a hugely positive health impact.”
On its face, this is a ludicrous assertion. Tell me, what does the term “comprehensive” mean? The dictionary defines the term as “complete; including all or nearly all elements or aspects of something.” What research “proves” that teaching everything that there is to know about sex to children is good for their health? The truth is that there is no such proof. It doesn’t exist.
There is no consensus on what content at what ages should be taught to children. Both content and age appropriateness remain hotly debated.
At the core of the sex positive movement are the following: 1) children are sexual from birth, 2) that children have a right to engage in sexual activities whenever and with whomever they want, as long as there is mutual consent, and 3) that children should be encouraged to explore their sexuality as a means of determining their sexual orientation and identity.
We traditionalists assert that 1) children are born male and female, not sexual, 2) children have no legal or mental capability to make sound and reasoned judgments and, thus, have no capacity to grant consent, and 3) children should be encouraged to exercise self-control and self-discipline, delaying sexual activity until marriage.
Given these positions that are at opposite ends of the spectrum, debates over “comprehensive” or “abstinence only” are meaningless and simply avoid the issues. Disagreements over the content of sex education programs cannot be resolved until the purpose of sex education can be defined. The question is: should we focus on raising “sex positive” or self-controlled children?
I vote for self-controlled.