Massachusetts legislators are demanding the shut-down of MariaTalks.com, a sex-ed site for teenagers, on the grounds that "the language that is used on this site is disgusting," in the words of State Rep. Elizabeth Poirier. So what constitutes "disgusting," in the eyes of Liberal Massachusetts? The most explicit language  Salon's Tracy Clark-Flory could find on the site was in a section that translates sexual slang. Are you ready to be appalled?

"digital sex" ("fingering/hand job"), "cunnilingus" ("going down on her"), "clitoris" ("clit"), "fellatio" ("giving head" or giving a "blow job"), "erection" ("hard-on")," "anal sex" ("butt sex"), "anus" ("rectum" or "butthole").

"Clitoris" is one thing, but "clit" is entirely unacceptable, teenagers! Poirier added that "there are words that I would find difficult to speak;" I am enjoying imagining her attempts at same. ("B... b... b... blowjob!") Representative Marc Lombardo also described the site's language as "inappropriate and crude." It's pretty crazy that in 2011 we still have elected representatives who sound like the crusty deans from bad '80s college movies.

In any event, sex ed in the U.S. remains pretty fraught, although Congress and President Obama recently eliminated two federally funded abstinence-only programs in favor of, you know, actual sex ed. If you're a Massachusetts teenager wondering why actual grownups running your state government have such childish hangups about sex, just be glad you don't live in Arizona.

Commentarium (10 Comments)

Apr 29 11 - 1:56pm
anon

man, that's pretty pathetic.

Apr 29 11 - 2:54pm
yawn

No "cleveland steamer?" No "dirty Sanchez?"

Apr 30 11 - 2:31am
nope

BUT WHY ARE BOTH VERSIONS IN QUOTATION MARKS?

Apr 30 11 - 2:32am
nope

But seriously, what the fuck? There's saltier language on network TV.

May 01 11 - 7:15am
Yeah,

you're right. The clinical terms shouldn't be in quotes.

May 01 11 - 5:10pm
itsmass

don't forget this is where the Puritans started out.

May 03 11 - 12:57am
Kateleo

I'm a high school student from Arizona. The most recent "sex-ed" video I saw was made in 1987...

May 15 11 - 5:40pm
Meh

Honestly, I know my high school friends were pretty dumb and wouldn't know that "digital sex" meant fingers. They definitely would have thought it was about online sex. Using slang in this context isn't to be "edgy" or "raw," it's to be clear on what is being discussed.

Jul 28 11 - 11:23am
David

Sounds like an attempt to silence freedom of speech to me. I think there's a law against that. Oh yes, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The Miller test might be used to classify this text as obscene, but I'd imagine that MariaTalks.com would be able to use education as a defence. If not, they're free to move their servers outside the community areas where the material was found to be obscene.

Jan 06 12 - 8:49pm
edwin duarte

sounds wiked and sexy give me a "fellatio" Maria!!!!