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With Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law (which has nothing to do with saying “gay,” oddly enough) and all of the disproportionate hand-wringing, mud-slinging, and poo-flinging for all to see, I have come to wonder why we let schools have sex education anyway.
It is possible that this will mark me (yet again!) as some sort of dinosaur. But follow me here. What was the original purpose of sexual education? If you ask Planned Parenthood, it is to promote sexual health and wellness. If you ask others, it is to promote awareness of the body, reproductive functions, and to limit negative behaviors that result in unwanted pregnancies and STIs. If you ask even more people, they’ll tell you that it is to teach healthy sexuality and promote monogamy. Everyone has their own definition and purpose of what it is. Newsweek even had an article on the history of sexual education in the US starting from the 1920s onward.