Some parents of children who attend a Kansas middle school are not happy with what they think is an explicit listing of sex acts that was posted on the wall of their kids’ sex ed class. It’s definitely the strangest grouping of activities I’ve ever seen thrown together on a middle school pamphlet, I’ll give you that much.
The list was titled, “How Do People Express Their Sexual Feelings?” Beneath it, there is a laundry list of activities that I’m not sure I would throw together for a bunch of 13-year-olds. Also – it’s just all over the place:
Oral sex, sexual fantasy, caressing, anal sex, dancing, massage, masturbation, holding hands, talking, cuddling on the couch, hugging, touching each other’s genitals, kissing, vaginal intercourse, talking, saying “I like you,” grinding.
Um, what? Is it just me or is this all over the place? It’s like Mr. Rogers and Jenna Jameson got together to brain storm this list.
As can be expected whenever you talk about sex in schools, some parents were not happy. Mark Ellis, a parent of one of the kids told his local television station WADF:
“Why would you put it in front of 13-year-old students?”
“It upsets me. And again, it goes back to who approved this? You know this had to pass through enough hands that someone should have said, ‘Wait a minute, these are 13-year-old kids, we do not need to be this in-depth with this sexual education type of program.'”
District spokeswoman, Leigh Anne Neal, says the poster should be viewed in the context of a bigger curriculum, which she refers to as “abstinence-based” for students in middle school.
I’d have to agree with her. This is actually better sex education than abstinence education, because if I would have had to listen to my seventh grade sex ed teacher Mrs. Beardsly saying the words “caressing” and “touching each other’s genitals” I would have been turned into a definite “sexual feelings introvert.”
I think it’s important to talk to kids about sex. I’m not sure that this list would piss me off as a parent, but I admit I find it a little odd.