[VIDEO] Outlets & Plugs: Why Are Boys and Girls Different? Chinese Sex Education Video

Tea Leaf Nation‘s Liz Carter writes:

…These slickly produced videos, which depict a hand drawing cartoon figures, are likely not aimed at young ones, but instead at parents searching for narratives to pass on to their children: The rapid-fire voiceovers use some high-school level vocabulary, including two bleeped cusswords hopefully outside most primary school students’ lexicon. Given a widespread reluctance to talk birds and bees — in China’s version of the stork story, parents often tell children that they were picked up “out of a garbage dump” — the Nutcracker narrator is something of a myth-buster for the young and for the ill-informed. The language and visual illustrations have amused adult viewers with hilariously off-color comparisons: In the first video, the narrator explains insemination by comparing it to an injection received at a hospital. The second clip, called “Why Are Boys and Girls Different?” addresses anatomical differences by likening male and female reproductive organs to electrical outlets and plugs. (The caption on the photo, from the second video, states: “Why does that boy have a little pee-pee and you don’t?”)

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Because of China’s long-standing need for accessible, accurate sex ed, young adults might also find them edifying. On Sept. 29 Hu Zhen, an academic specializing in sex education issues, told China’s largest state-run news agency, Xinhua, that sex education in Chinese schools lagged “at least 60 years behind” Sweden and other developed countries, and emphasized that only about ten of China’s 180,000 primary schools, and only 500 to 600 of China’s approximately 500,000 secondary schools, were providing sex education.
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‘Embarrassed and Mortified’: Oklahoma High School Teacher Confessed to Sex with Student Inside Teacher’s Lounge Multiple Times

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WAYNOKA, Oklahoma — An Oklahoma teacher has admitted to having sex with a student multiple times in the teacher’s lounge at the school according to state officials

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation questioned Daresa Poe, 32after receiving an anonymous tip reported KFOR-TV.

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According to a Woods County affidavit, investigators questioned the Waynoka School teacher and the student on Tuesday, only hours after the two had sex in the student’s pickup.

The two allegedly had been meeting up since December, both admitting to having sex in Daresa’s home, in the student’s vehicle, and several times in the school teacher’s lounge.daresa-poe

The affidavit includes a written confession by Poe:

“I am Daresa Poe, a wife, mother and teacher. I have made a horrible mistake. I have let my judgment falter and I am embarrassed and mortified for the decisions I have made in the last two weeks. I have had sexual intercourse with a student. I am so very sorry for the [decisions] I have made. I would take it back in a heartbeat if the chance was given to me…I hold a position of importance where people and student[s] look up to me and I have failed. For this I am truly sorry.”

Waynoka School officials did not comment on the matter, but did confirm that Poe had been suspended with pay. Poe has been a teacher at the school for six years. Read the rest of this entry »


Camille Paglia Talks Birds & Bees

Paglia Tells Educators to Get Real. When public schools refuse to acknowledge gender differences, we betray boys and girls alike

2007-10-12-98-birds-and-bees-and-birdsCamille Paglia writes:  Fertility is the missing chapter in sex education. Sobering facts about women’s declining fertility after their 20s are being withheld from ambitious young women, who are propelled along a career track devised for men.

“Too often, sex education defines pregnancy as a pathology, for which the cure is abortion.”

The refusal by public schools’ sex-education programs to acknowledge gender differences is betraying both boys and girls. The genders should be separated for sex counseling. It is absurd to avoid the harsh reality that boys have less to lose from casual serial sex than do girls, who risk pregnancy and whose future fertility can be compromised by disease. Boys need lessons in basic ethics and moral reasoning about sex (for example, not taking advantage of intoxicated dates), while girls must learn to distinguish sexual compliance from popularity.

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Above all, girls need life-planning advice. Too often, sex education defines pregnancy as a pathology, for which the cure is abortion. Adolescent girls must think deeply about their ultimate aims and desires. If they want both children and a career, they should decide whether to have children early or late. There are pros, cons and trade-offs for each choice. Read the rest of this entry »


In Defense of Boys

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When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a male

James Taranto  writes:  The New York Times’s Charles Blow had an interesting column the other day, and we mean that as a backhanded compliment. Blow opens by announcing that his intention is to transcend the “simplistic, black-or-white, conservative vs. progressive discussion around the dissolution of the traditional family and high single-parent birthrates” and instead “focus more on complex areas of causation.”

That’s awfully ambitious, if not impossibly so, for an 800-word column. And Blow ends up spending most of that space decreeing various arguments off-limits.

“We can’t look longingly at the halcyon ideals of yore,” he avers. Good to know. “We must provide thorough and unimpeded sex education.” After all, “abstinence . . . won’t be for everyone.” For the sake of the nonabstainers, “we must provide a full range of reproductive services–prophylactic and contraceptive as well as post-pregnancy.”

In this context, the adjectives “prophylactic” and “contraceptive” are synonyms, but we guess he means to allude, respectively, to male and female methods. “Post-pregnancy,” however, is a new euphemism for abortion, so the bottom line is that female sexual and reproductive choice may not be questioned.

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The Bareback Generation: Why Young People Aren’t Practicing Safe Sex

The percentage of young people using condoms has stalled, while STD rates are on the rise

 reports:  There were certain things that the 1990s just did better — including getting the word out about the dangers of unprotected sex.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of American students using condoms hit its peak at around 60% a decade ago, and has stalled since then, even declining among some demographics. A recent studyreleased by the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada found that nearly 50% of sexually active college students aren’t using condoms. Other reportshave found that while teenagers are likely to use a condom the first time they have sex, their behavior becomes inconsistent after that.

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