By Zachary Davis, LSU Reveille
Sexual education is a difficult subject for many.
Trying to teach students before they start experimenting on their own and after they’ve reached the right maturity to handle it is a fine balance indeed. While we have been trying for some time to find the right age to teach it, places like China and New York have recently put new programs in place.
First of all, though, we have to address the weird relationship we have as a country when it relates to sex.
As we saw last week from fellow columnist Gabie Bacques’ article and the subsequent responses it received, sex is an important, yet controversial part of our society. Whether for fun, for emotional reasons or simply for procreation, it’s impossible to deny how prevalent it is in our lives.
Sexual imagery has deeply ingrained itself within many different types of media in our country, whether it’s on television, in movies or plastered everywhere we go in the form of advertisements. With all of this sort of imagery around us, it’s very hard to ignore it.
While this is going on, we also have adults who refuse to truthfully talk to those most impressionable by their surroundings — children — about what it is they’re seeing. Abstinence-only education may be a good idea in theory, but it just doesn’t translate well into reality.
Look at states like Texas, which receives the most federal abstinence-only funds. When questioned about whether or not the policy works in Oct. 2010, Gov. Rick Perry stressed it does, and showed he vehemently supports it.
Unfortunately though, reality doesn’t care how much someone like Rick Perry may… READ MORE>>>
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