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Kansas Middle School Sex Ed Poster Listing ‘Anal Sex’ and ‘Sexual Fantasy’ Outrages Parent

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Denying hormonal teenagers basic education about human sexuality and safe sex is the equivalent of handing them a loaded gun and saying they're "not ready" to learn about gun safety. 

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When Kansas father, Mark Ellis, discovered what they were teaching his 13 year-old daughter in her sex education class, he was shocked. Part of one of the lessons included a poster that listed different ways that people "express their sexual feelings", and oral and anal sex (as well as "hugging" and "kissing") were included on that list. Ellis quickly demanded that the poster be removed and is now on a crusade for the school to remove "that portion of the curriculum" from the class entirely. In other words, he would like them to remove the "sex-ed portion" of the sex-ed curriculum.

Here's the thing, of course parents are going to being concerned about their kids engaging in sex at a young age. But denying hormonal teenagers basic education about human sexuality and safe sex is the equivalent of handing them a loaded gun and saying they're "not ready" to learn about gun safety. 

The rate of teen pregnancy in the United States is consistently higher than the rate of any other developed nation and teen pregnancy and STD rates are especially high in states that don’t provide students with adequate sexual health instruction. As Think Progress reports, "Abstinence-only courses often present misleading information about contraception… and a full 60 percent of young adults underestimate birth control’s effectiveness and are more likely to skip it because they don’t believe it will make a difference."

Comprehensive sex education programs have been proven to reduce instances of teen pregnancy and STD transmission. This is evident in California where,"the teen birth rate has dropped nearly 60 percent as a result of expanded sex education programs, according to a report released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)." Of this change, a major factor "was the state’s school sex education program, which law requires to be comprehensive and medically accurate. The report also credits community-based education programs that provide sexual health information to teens and their parents."

Elli's home-state of Kansas could use some help. According to the Office of Adolescent Health in 2011, Kansas was ranked 17 out of 51 in terms of teen births among females aged 15-19 (with 1 representing the highest rate and 51 representing the lowest rate). In addition, it was reported that only 29% of high school girls used birth control pills and 53% used condoms before their last sexual intercourse. 

The reality is that we have a serious problem with a lack of comprehensive sex education in this country and operating under an antiquated and puritanical mindset is not going to help anyone, especially our daughters. 

So, why don't we listen to the kids for once on this one: “It’s just a poster. Yes, they’re words and they’re going to be eye-popping of course, but it’s better they show us now than later on,” Lyssa Watland, an eighth-grader, told WDAF. “There are kids that are my age, honestly, that are sexually active. They don’t know the consequences.”

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