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March 14, 2014 - 8:30 am

I Love Sex EdCamille Paglia is my hero. Strange, I know. What does a homeschooling, conservative, Christian mom have in common with a lesbian who is also a feminist and an atheist? The answer is common sense and courage. And she’s showing us how it’s done once again.

I have long been highly critical of what passes for sex education today from the stupidity of putting condoms on bananas to pretending that there is no such thing as a biological clock for women. Paglia has written a common-sense guide for sex educators that we should take very seriously.

First, anatomy and reproductive biology belong in general biology courses taught in middle school by qualified science teachers. Every aspect of physiology, from puberty to menopause, should be covered. Students deserve a cool, clear, objective voice about the body, rather than the smarmy, feel-good chatter that now infests sex-ed workbooks.

Amen!

Second, certified health educators, who advise children about washing their hands to avoid colds, should discuss sexually transmitted diseases at the middle-school or early-high-school level. But while information about condoms must be provided, it is not the place of public schools to distribute condoms, as is currently done in the Boston, New York and Los Angeles school districts. Condom distribution should be left to hospitals, clinics and social-service agencies.

Sing it, sister! Show those photos of weeping sores. Teenagers need to see the burning, bleeding, puss-filled infections up close.

Similarly, public schools have no business listing the varieties of sexual gratification, from masturbation to oral and anal sex, although health educators should nonjudgmentally answer student questions about the health implications of such practices. The issue of homosexuality is a charged one. In my view, antibullying campaigns, however laudable, should not stray into political endorsement of homosexuality or gay rights causes. While students must be free to create gay-identified groups, the schools themselves should remain neutral and allow society to evolve on its own.

Someone give Camille Paglia Arne Duncan’s job right now! I would like to add that those teachers answering questions about anal sex should also objectively provide the information that this practice can make you very ill and even kill you. How many of those super cool, anything-goes sex educators ever discuss¬†bowel perforation and anal fissures? This is a highly important part of sex education considering there is a push by media like the Huffington Post to convince heterosexual college kids that anal sex is the best thing since the iPhone 5.

The genders should be separated for sex counseling. It is absurd to avoid the harsh reality that boys have less to lose from casual serial sex than do girls, who risk pregnancy and whose future fertility can be compromised by disease. Boys need lessons in basic ethics and moral reasoning about sex (for example, not taking advantage of intoxicated dates), while girls must learn to distinguish sexual compliance from popularity.

Contrary to the claims that conservatives do not want kids educated about sex, we actually want them better educated about it. We want them to learn about all the risks just like Paglia describes, while leaving the political ideology to the families and individuals to decide for themselves.

Megan Fox is a homeschooling mom to her three children and happy wife to her husband of fourteen years. She writes, gardens, composes conservative folk music and enjoys angering "faux feminists" as often as possible. www.Facebook.com/MeganFoxWriter

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I reads Camille Paglia's books in college and have always believed her to be a truth-teller. Agree, disagree - she's never couched her opinions in political hyperbole - just always tells it like it is. What a bossy boss :-)
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I've been trying to explain this very thing for years and she's just nailed it. We always get accused of not wanting to provide sex education but the truth is, what's being sold as sex education is actually political bullying and NOT sex education. Real sex education is what Paglia describes...NOT what is being delivered in classrooms today. She should write a sex ed curriculum. I'd buy it for my home-school. I love her.
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Thanks for posting this! I first became a fan of Paglia's while attending a very conservative Evangelical seminary. My favorite Professor David F. Wells (also very conservative) assigned readings from Paglia.

Although I disagree with her on some subjects (e.g. Pornography, Homosexuality) I have always been impressed with how clear, intelligent and unbiased her work usually is. Unlike most lesbian/gay liberals who misrepresent and shout down their opponents, she generally listens to those she disagrees with, discusses their opinions without derision or misrepresentation, and dialogues with them.

As I said, I don't agree with some of her stances, but I have never read anything by Camille Paglia that was not thought-provoking and worth the read.
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To be honest, Sex Ed needs to be confined to the home, to the family, not placed in any of the schools (public, private, the college and university campus, etc.). Don't have teachers basically teaching them about it, especially when many of them will just push an agenda anyways. I've undergone several health classes, and they were pretty terrible experiences, and my mom wasn't too happy about them either. Assuming schools or the university systems should be allowed to continue to exist, they should strictly adhere to those subjects that actually mean something that parents alone cannot cover, so sex ed is out of there. And I never got the rage for sex ed back when I was in elementary school where they experimented on it. Actually, I spent most of my time alone reading books. My mom was reluctant to allow the sex ed to occur in Austin Elementary, but she let it happen under the condition that she observe my behavior, hence how she knew. Some of the staff weren't happy with her decision.
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The current teaching of sex ed apparently just involves body part functions and passing out a list of contraceptives. There's the other part of it, taught by parents who are doing their job.. The part that teaches kids the physical, emotional, and financial consequences of their sexual choices, the family displeasure that will result from the wrong choices, the benefits of delayed gratification and impulse control, and when it is appropriate to bring children into the world and when it isn't.

Too many parents, particularly Black and Hispanic, have failed in their responsibility. If we are to reverse our sky high illegitimacy rates, schools may have to start teaching the above. It's just too costly to avoid it.
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I reads Camille Paglia's books in college and have always believed her to be a truth-teller. Agree, disagree - she's never couched her opinions in political hyperbole - just always tells it like it is. What a bossy boss :-)
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Strange world, no? Paglia is on my list of most-admired, as well, and I refer people to her all the time. I will go so far as to say here (protected by anonymity of course) that many of my "conservative" and "Christian" friends and family could not hold a candle to this woman. Her perspective, her brillance, her common sense, and I would go so far as to say her moral reasoning (not going to spar with anyone over that so give it up), and her fairness are extremely important. When see speaks, I sit up and listen.

With all that said, she is wrong, and terribly misguided on ONE thing here: public schools have NO business allowing ANY student groups based on sexual interest, sexual activity, or sexual identification WHATSOVER, straight OR gay. Student groups should be based on interests alone, not identification. PERIOD. Anything else, in the midst of today's sexual chaotic climate, is just BEGGING for problems.
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I am a lot like you Megan. Camille and I are probably diametrically opposed on most issues but as a trained biologist I couldn't agree with her more -- we need to bring REAL sex education to our schools taught by professionals who know their subject matter. Camille is a powerful voice for common sense sex education and a voice that needs to be listened to but alas, I don't think that is going to happen. And as to your suggestion that she should write a sex ed curriculum, I would love to see her step up and do just that. Camille Paglia is welcome in my company anytime!
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They showed us all the nasty results from dirty sex when I was in school many moons ago. It was a great deterrent, but they've since decided to promote the Star Wars bar scene all across the nation to create idiots who vote reliably for the trinkets dispensed from on high.
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Camille Paglia is pretty damn awesome, this is good stuff.
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She describes the defects well but her solution is a non solution.
"A national conversation is urgently needed for curricular standardization and public transparency. The present system is too vulnerable to political pressures from both the left and the right"
And how will this conversation and standardization not be vulnerable to those same pressures?
Boils down again to the government should do something and there should be no local control.
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She may be off on how to implement but her suggestions on content are right on
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Hey, Megan, good article. But you had your turn. Now, let the readers talk. It is unprofessional and you have an obvious conflict of interest coming here and defending your position and your hero. Again, you had your chance. Now, it's ours. Seriously.
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Megan,
I think it's quite wonderful that you (and other bloggers at PJ Media) interact with others in the comments section. It shows you pay attention, listen and dialogue with your readers.

Thanks!
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You're welcome! I think anyone who doesn't interact with their readers is missing out. I can't tell you how many times many of you have inspired other columns. Over the years I've also developed friendships with readers. This community is a neat one and I love being in it. Thanks for reading!
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Thank you for continuing the dialogue!! Thanks also for having the courage to identify yourself as a lesbian, atheist AND conservative. Most all the gays, lesbians & atheists I know are lefties, must have bern difficult to "come out as a conservative"!!
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I think you're mistaking me for Camille Paglia who is a lesbian feminist atheist. I am a married, conservative, homeschooler. But, if you are interesting in gay conservatives who are "out" as conservatives check out Tammy Bruce, GoProud, Log Cabin Republicans....there are many out there. One of my colleagues, Kevin DuJan, who writes with me on the library investigation is also a gay conservative. They exist and their opinions and contribution to the conservative cause are important. I'm sure I'm forgetting some important ones I just am not thinking of so forgive me if I left you out of this list.
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I don't always agree with her but Camille Paglia is a national treasure.
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