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Backgrounder on Marketing of American Sex Reeducation

Backgrounder on Marketing of American Sex Reeducation

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Published by: Judith Gelernter Reisman, Ph.D. on Aug 20, 2012
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BACRG"OONDERONHA1U(ETINGOFAKERICANSEXREEDUCATION
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by
[Judith
A.
ReismanPh.D.,andMargaretBocek
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October
1989
Schoo~sstartedtooffersexeducationcoursesinthe
1930S.t
Decadeafterdecadesincethen,statisticshaveemonsltratedtheineffectivenessofsuchcoursesin
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reducingsexualactivity,unwantedpregnanciesandvenere~ldiseaseamongteenagers.BeforethereformersmindlefsslyexpandschoolprogramsaimedatpreventingteenagEpregnancy,theyoughttoasksomeharduestirns.ButIdoubtthattheywill.
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citedlabove,Dr.LarryCuban,ProfessorofEducationatStanfordU~iversity3notedthatwhilesexeducationwassoldtotheAmericanpublicasapanaceaforteenpregnancyandvenerealdisease,tHeopposite--increasedteenagepregnancyandmassivevenereal!disease--hasalwaysfollowedsexeducationimplementatj.on.
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The"m~ndlessreformers,"CUbanrefersto,aredocumentedasasmallcaci1reofatypicalindividualswhocapturedleadershipdecadesagqinthefieldofbothsexanddrugeducation.~Today'sdYSfunctionalsexanddrugconductamongAmericanyoutheflectthegoalsandobjectivesofthesexualrevolutionlongadvocatedbythese"mindless"reformers.In
1953,
Dr.LenaLevine
l
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IIReJducationllisthemoreprecisetermtodescribechangingthesexualeducationacceptedbysocietyfora"new"formofsex-dalityproposedbysex"educators."
3
Larryfcuban,(PhiDeltaKappan,Vol.68,12/86,p.321).
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Thisfisnottheplacefordiscussionofdrugreeducation.
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ofPlannedParenthood,revealedthenationwidesexreformsthe"mindless""cadrewouldworkdiligentlytofulfill.Ouralternativesolutionistobereadyaseducatorsandparentstohelpyoungpeopleobtainsexsatisfactionbeforemarriage,wewillpreventfearand
quilt.1
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andwemustbereadytoprovideyoungboysandgirlswiththebestcontraceptionmeasuresavailablesotheywillhavethenecessarymeanstoachievesexualsatisfactionwithouthavingtoriskpossiblepregnancy.
5.
By
197p,
Dr.JohnMoneyofJohnsHopkinsUniversity(andalongtimeSIECUSboardmember),trailblazerinthesexreformmovement,wasquotedasadvocatingpornographyforschoolchildren:"Pornographicmaterialcanbealsousefulinthesexeducationofnormalchildren,
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saidDr.Money.only!withanunderstandingofthesexreformationmovementcanoneexPlaintheSkyrocketingratesofyouthfulpromiscuityandresultingepidemicofjuvenilepathologiesamongAmericanchildren...
1900to198.
Late
1800s:t
Towardtheendofthe1800sanaffluent,educatedgroupofWesternEuropeansunitedtoadvocate;'sex-hygiene,population~
eontro17
euthanasia,free-love,masturbation,homosexuality,ete.
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LaunchedbyGermanhomosexualactivistMagnusHirshfeld,(Creatorofthe"InstituteofSexology"in1897)the"sex-hygiene"movementwashedoverseasandwasmarketedtotheUSAasaplantoendvenerealdiseaseandpoverty.Ear1y
1900s:
The1899NationalEducationAssociat.ion(NEA)demanded"moraleducation[on]sex-hygiene."By1916,facingaWorldWarIi"venerealperil(moral]sexeducation"becamefairlyaccepted.
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Afterthe"moral"needforsex-hygiene,educators
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LenaLevine,"PsychosocialParenthoodNews,Summer,1953,p.10.
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JOh*Money,citedinTheMedicalTribuneandMedicalNews,Februa:ry24,1970.Development,"Planned
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See):,ornaBrown,SexEducationintheEighties,PlenumPress,NewY'ork,1987for"sex-hygiene"and"populationcontrol"discussionandseeClaireChambers,TheSIECUS.Circle,WesternIslands,Massachusetts,1977,especiallYpp.235n,324andEdgarGregersen,Sexua1Practices,FranklinWatts,NewYork,pp.35-40.
8IBID,~Brown,
pp.
4-5.
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saidsexeducationmightcorrectignoranceofreproduction.Aroundtheturnofthecentury,G.StanleyHalldiscovered.thatadolescentwomen
[SiC]9
believedthattheycouldbecomejregnantbykissing;hethusadvocatedsexeducation.'
19.11:
Thebest-selling,KinseyReports,SexualBehaviorintheHumanMale
t
(1948)dispensedrevolutionarysexual"data."Kinseycreatedthefieldof"sexology,"reeducatinglawyers,educators,legislators,parents,healthprofessionals(eg:teachingthatchildrenaresexualfrombirth;thatmasturbation,early/multipartnerchildandadultsexbroughthealthandhappiness;thatpeoplearenormallybi/homo/heterosexualandthatsodomy,pornograph'yi'bestiality,andallothersextabooswerehealthy.)
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IMPACTOFSEPARATIONOFCHURCHANt)STATERULING
The1948USSupremeCourtrUlingthaton-campusreligiousinstruction;violatedseparationofchurchand
state12
mayhavehaditsmostprofoundimpactuponsexreeducationintheschools.Manyeducators,Kthroughcollege,interpretedthissomewhatcorrectly,
)~s
arulingthatsexreeducationshouldexcludeanyreferencetoreligiousbeliefandmorality,unlessthiswastoohallenger~ligiousbeliefasunderminingsexualexpression.Thus,sex"reeduoation:"o
20S-"OS:
claimedtoteachreligiousbasedmoralityo
40s-50s:
addedreproductionandthedreadofVD.o
50s'"!80s:
rejectedreliqion.andreeducatedthepublic,espeai*llyeducatorsandyouth,inKinseyansexuality,-increa$inglyexcising"religious"JUdea-Christianm.oralsofchastity,heterosexuallove,fidelity,as"misinformation,"neglectingwarningsofVD,stressin~thepleasureofvariedsexualexpressionswith"friends."
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19508:
Kinsey'SSexualBehaviorintheHumanFemale(1953)is
9
"[Sic]"marksanerrorintheoriqinalquote.
10
Davi.dElkind,TheHurriedChild,Addison-Wesley,Mass,
1981,
p.
56.
11
JudithReismanandDeborahFink,
Tqe
KinsevReports:ChildSexualityorChildSexualAbuse,inpress.
12
See~ohnWhiteheadinSchOOlBasedClinics,Ed.,BarrettL.Mosbacke~,CrosswayBooks,Illinois,1987,p.50.
13
See~udithReisman,FromAbstinencetoAIDS:TheKinseyHefnerConnection,currentlyinpress.
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