Columnists Laila Yuile and Kathryn Marshall battle over the issues of the day. Winner of the last duel on the B.C. budget was Laila Yuile with 82%.
This week’s topic:
Are graphic flipbooks going too far in sex education classes?
Recently, the parents of a 13-year-old boy in Nanaimo were shocked to see the contents of a graphic flipbook he brought home as a prize from his sexual health class. Outraged, they contacted school officials who immediately apologized. The young man’s father said it was nothing more than cartoon pornography and his mother stated that while you can teach about safe sex, kids shouldn’t be shown how to actually do it.
The flipbook in question is titled Put on Something Sexy and depicts a young couple. It begins with the woman putting a condom on her partner after he gets an erection and when you flip the pages quickly, you see the couple having sex — and enjoying it…
Read the rest of this weeks Duel at http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/03/03/graphic-materials-needed-if-they-offer-valuable-information and vote for the columnist you agree with at that link!
2 thoughts on “This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: ” Graphic materials needed if they offer valuable information “”
If you go into a classroom with a bunch of 13yr. olds, you will quickly realize that half of them have reached puberty, and the other half have not. The most important part of these materials is the age at which they are presented. 13yr. old? It’s viable that some of the materials are age appropriate, others not so much. It’s better than looking at the Eaton’s catalogue which many did years ago, or film’s of Africa, to explain the intracies of sex.
What I think, after listening to one of the proponents of this program on the weekend is the ridiculous statement that they use; “If you can’t make a sandwich then you are not ready for sex”. Well, my grandaughter can make a sandwich at 4yr.’s and I don’t really think she is ready for sex, or any materials that pertain to it. Plus, I don’t believe she even thinks about it. This holds true for many youth, and yes, even some 15yr. old’s. Again it comes down to, ‘what do you as a parent want to do with this subject area, and when do you want to start talking about it?’ If you don’t want your child involved with these course, then, pull them out. Unfortunately, there is a segment of parents who never talk about it, so where do their children learn about it, on the street?
Erm. This should be a no-brainer; I don’t understand why pearl-clutching puritanical parents matter more than public health. Can we PLEASE get out of this 19th-century mentality about sex?
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