Sex and Sexuality – a week of weirdness

April 25, 2010 at 9:15 pm (Uncategorized)

What a strange week it’s been.

Ontario’s Liberal government unveiled an updated sex-ed curriculum and then almost as quickly shelved it for a “rethink.”

My first thought was “How am I going to learn it now?” I’ve got two children, so I assume I can pass the practical, but I’m still a little weak on the theory.

But seriously, like most people in Ontario, and assuredly like the loudest critics of the now-shelved document I haven’t read it. However, I did enjoy the soundbites: anal intercourse, vaginal lubrication, masturbation.

It’s a shame though that a lot of the opposition seemed to be religious-based. Charles McVetty of the Canada Family Action Committee accused Premier Dalton McGinty, who seemed just as uncomfortable as anyone else,  of listening to “special interests” such as former education minister Kathleen Wynn (Wynn is gay).  I’d say the gay community is less of special interest that McVetty’s coalition, but maybe that’s just me.

The party line seems to be that subjects such as sex-education is something best discussed by parents with children. I don’t often agree with the Globe’s Margaret Wente, but I think she’s on to something when she noted that most teenagers would rather poke out their eyes that discuss masturbation with their parents.

Of course, McVetty’s line is a smokescreen. When people say parents should discuss something what they really mean is teachers should discuss this, and neither will we (except to say it’s sinful).

The day after this all seemed to settle down, I read about Boobquake.  On April 16,  Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi insisted, ” Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes.” Huh?

So now there’s a scheduled, er, protest tomorrow, April 26 where women are asked to wear low cut-tops to  test the theory. I’m going to take the high road and not make any jokes, but you have to wonder what was going through Sedighi’s mind. Well, probably thoughts of women’s breasts.

Last, I read today of accounts of dozens of Afghan schoolgirls taking sick after apparently being poisoned, perhaps because of their outrageous decision to seek an education.  If the first two stories here come across as farce, this must be tragedy.

Sex is one of the most powerful human urges. It’s natural; it’s normal. And yet so many fear this drive, especially in women. Actor Jack Nicholson once said if he cut off a breast in a movie, the film would receive an AA rating; if he kissed it, it would receive an X.

What a strange world it is.

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