USA Squeamish About UN Guidelines

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

Looks like the US is once again living up to it's Puritan roots.

Looks like the US is once again living up to it’s Puritan
roots. According to a report in the New York Times yesterday, the UN is putting together international sexual education guidelines-offering information about bodies, relationships, and sex-to children as young as 5. Apparently, the American right is still worried that teaching kids how AIDS is transmitted-and
that legal abortion by a medical professional in a clean environment is safe-will turn them into sex-crazed adults.

"The guidelines, scheduled to be released by UNESCO in a new draft next week, would be distributed to education ministries, school systems and teachers around the world to help guide teachers in what to teach young people about their bodies, sex, relationships and sexually transmitted diseases," the New York Times reported. "They would address four different age groups."

Not surprisingly, Fox had a different take. But one criticism in particular seems most ludicrous: "The
U.N. insists the program is ‘age appropriate,’ but critics say it’s exposing kids to sex far too early, and offers up abstract ideas – like ‘transphobia’ – they might not even understand." I’m sorry, what was that? How is transphobia
any different from other abstract ideas that we teach children? Like racism, or sexism? Or math?

Looking over a June draft, it seems that the worst that
could happen is these kids would grow up to be healthy, educated adults in functional relationships. Acutally, I could see how this might be a problem for the GOP.

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