A school textbook has some Mexican residents in an uproar. Education officials say it's intended to teach kids the facts of life. But some parents say it's teaching them more than they need to know and they're firing back.
What is sado-masochism? How is oral sex safely practiced? Where can I get a morning after pill, or get treatment for an S.T.D.? Questions answered in the latest official sex education textbook for 13-18 year olds in the Mexico City school system. Questions government officials say students need answered, and that the National Union of Parents says are, well, an abomination.
"This book promotes death," said the leader of the parent's organization. The union countered the official textbook with its own pamphlet aimed at students, which states homosexuality is not natural and can be cured with proper psychiatric help. So what do the students say? "We need to know more about our bodies and sex. So many taboos here have not allowed us to access information. I think it's a smart thing to do," said one student.
"It is our responsibility to give them truthful information that is not based on religious beliefs. These kids know sexuality is a part of the human condition and we have to answer their questions in a responsible and truthful fashion," said an administrators. Sociologists agree, saying the information in the text is of use not only to teenagers. It's the facts of life and this book could be beneficial to adults as well. there are many adults in Mexico who don't know much and have an unhealthy sex life out of ignorance.
The problem is that some parents and church groups have a different view of where the truth lies when it comes to young people and their sex lives.
How much will you tell your kids about sex? Just the basics or the kinky things some people do? Yikes! I will probably stick with the basics.
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