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sherlocklovesmuffins
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So as part of my PE/health course I'm required to take abstinence only sex ed. Now I've been visiting scarleteen for a while now and am familiar with their way of teaching making this program a bit of a shock. Anyone have advice for how to deal with this class?

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Heather
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Oh boy. You know, I'm not sure we ever had a user reading us at the same time they were starting an AB-only class. Yowza.

So, am I getting right that you're unhappy with/freaked about this class and what's been in it?

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Captain Girl
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I don't suppose you could get your parents to try and get you out of this on religious grounds?

Abstinence-only is totally a soapbox issue for me. I'm against it. And I hate that it may actually suck less for people like you, who have access to and experience with sources of real information, than it does for people who don't, and who wind up believing things that aren't true.

You have a bunch of options. You can sit quietly, and write satirical notes to your friends. You can raise your hand over and over again and cite medical journal articles that contradict the information presented. You can go to school board meetings and politely speak your mind to the people who stuck you with this crap. You can combine these things into something that works for you.

If you do decide to go for the second option, above, talk to your parents first. Not that you need their permission, but if you're going to start trouble at school (for excellent reasons), it's nice if they agree to get your back, and if they aren't going to, it's nice to know that ahead of time.

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Heather
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I was also going to suggest Margaret-Meading it. It's what I do in situations like that.

In other words, you figure you are an observer, studying this given culture, and emotionally detach yourself from the situation. You take notes, you make your own analysis, you observe.

Then you can talk about whatever this is later in a very informed way, and know about it in-depth.

Heck, you could write a piece fr us about this experience. [Smile]

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