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justinbieberfan
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As part of the health curriculum at my school, we are required to take what seems to be abstinence only sex ed. Sure, I believe you should hold off sex until you are ready... but the people who teach it always find a way to sneak fear of one's own sexuality at my age into it. I also believe that abstinence only sex ed leans towards sexuality being filthy and disgusting. My health teacher says that he is planning to teach abstinence. I personally believe in safe sex, that people are capable of using birth control (e.g. condoms, birth control pills, cervical barriers, safe sex practices, etc.) and am usually liberal about sex in general, so this really is hitting home for me.

[ 09-27-2011, 06:57 PM: Message edited by: justinbieberfan ]

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Yakri
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Well, one key problem with it is it isn't sex education, it's preaching/propaganda/etc.

I mean, well, I'm not sure where you're going with this.

Abstinence only sex "education" is horse s- manure(can't remember the rules on cursing here . . . ), and everyone knows it.

The fact that some nincompoop at your school wants to teach it is outrageous, and I hope someone a little more informed than me might know of some ways you can combat that misinformation spreading.

I'm glad to hear you're down with safe sex and are educating yourself on the subject since your school won't though. ^_^

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Jacob at Scarleteen
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Yeah I agree

What do your parents think about it, jbf?

Different schools seem to do things differently, and unfortunately seem to sometimes appreciate complaints from parents more than students, which sucks, but if your parents are on board with you, you might be able to make stronger objections, or at least be able to sit out of the class.

Really sorry to hear that your health teacher of all people wants to teach abstinence!

If you're feeling brave you could even put up a bit of an argument to what's said... so long as you're not putting your place in the school at jeopardy, or your work. It kind of depends on what their approach is to discipline.

What do other students think about it, is there any student committee in place to protest it too?

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Heather
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You know, I think that if you feel up to it, being an active participant in that class including stating your feelings and calling out any misinformation is an awesome, awesome thing to do.

Might that be something you feel able to do and think would be a positive for you and your fellow students?

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justinbieberfan
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Like I said, I'm liberal about certain things. [Smile]
I talked to my friends about this issue, and they told me that they were somewhat against abstinence-only-until marriage sex ed. The truth is, I live in Upshur County, WV, which is a mainly conservative (Republican) county. My health teacher, at the least, might not even care about my views towards my school's approach to sex ed. It's probably best for myself if I just sit there and pretend I'm listening (since comprehensive sex ed is the BEST sex ed in my opinion, and this is the best place to get information [Wink] ).

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Heather
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Or, you could take constant notes and report back! I'd be delighted to help you craft a guest-blog entry for us like that. [Smile]

But I'd also vote for speaking up even if the person listening doesn't care. After all, that can help your fellow students and if no one young speaks up, you can be very sure this kind of sex ed will continue without alternatives being just as available so young people will keep having to go without comprehensive information.

Lastly, not to be too big a nudger, but IMO, speaking up when we disagree -- respectfully, of course -- is part of really participating in our own education. And doing so potentially influences how everyone thinks just as much as a teacher or curriculum does. [Smile]

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justinbieberfan
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I've never really thought about posting on your blog... hmm...

I'll definitely think about it.

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sherlocklovesmuffins
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I'm having the same problem JBF. By the time I started taking it I have already been on Scarleteen for a while and new the importance of contraception, communication, and the like. My big problem is that they are saying that sex = HIV/AIDS or STD or pregnancy. Completely ignoring the fact that contraception can almost eliminate that factor when used properly. I remember one day they asked the class what the best way to prevent STds, HIV, and pregnancy was and my friend and I said loud enough that hopefully they could hear "Condoms". The sheet they sent home to alert our parents of this said they would teach us about contraception but thus far haven't. My mom told me about Scarleteen, and agrees with your ideas and is anti-ab only believed the sheet instead of me when I tried to convince it was ab-only. So I have parental support.

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Heather
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A joint blog post, perhaps? [Smile]

(Also, rock on, Mom!)

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I would LOVE to post here. If JustinBeiberFan wants to do a post together I'm cool with that.

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