A Though on Sex Ed, Teen Sex, And School-Sponsored Cheerleaders Shaking Their Cute Little Asses

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A Brief Though on School, Teen Sex, And School-Sponsored Cheerleaders Shaking Their Cute Little Asses

We have a new gym at my school, and it officially opened today. There was a pep-rally to celebrate it's opening and the first game that is to be held in it. Of course, there were plenty of cheerleaders there, doing their little dances and stunts (so of them were quite impressive).

Now, my question is this: what is it that compels the administration to, on the one hand, refuse to provide free or low-cost safer sex materials to students in the clinic or bathrooms - there was a big stink about the issue last year - and on the other hand, support and sponsor such blatantly sexual activity? There's no way you can convince me that putting a dozen pretty girls up on stage in ultra-short skirts and bare tummies to strut and shake and bounce their stuff is not obviously and vigorously sexual.

What, exactly, is the administration trying to say here? "Look, kids, sex before marriage is dangerous and wrong! Don't you see that giving you easy access to condoms would only encourage you to violate your natural love of chastity? What kind of caring adults would we be if we did something to acknowledge that you young people have insanely active libidos? Now, please sit back and enjoy while some scantily clad young women thrust their hips at you in an enthusiastic manner!"

While I'm sure that there were teachers and staff members who - enjoyed - the show, I think that is is clear that the cheerleaders are there mostly for the kids - the cheerleaders seemed to enjoy doing their sexy little dances, and the striaght and bi guys and queer girls certainly liked it. Why does the administration feel it's responsible to put on sexy cheer-shows while leaving it's students high and dry when it comes to actually having safer sex? The only thing that we were taught in health class about safer sex was that we should wait, but if we wanted to be irresponsible and stupid and respond to our screaming hormons, well, we should use condoms, not that we're going to give them to you and contribute to your delinquency. They never told us about how to use condoms or about (mutual) masturbation or about diaphrams or latex gloves or lube.

Does no one else see the hypocracy and sheer stupidity of the adults that run the school in smilingly supporting teen sexuality when it is poorly veiled as a wholesome girl's sport and then letting their own little discomforts and fears get in the way of actually protecting the sexual health of their students?

- a.

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OverlappingElvis's picture

One way...

You're absolutely right. There is so much hypocrisy when it comes to sex ed in this country... I really wish that there was a way to just make it all go away, but there really isn't. One excellent thing to do (in my opinion) is to engage in a little bit of guerilla sex ed. Flyers are wonderful, stickers are better, sticky flyers are even better. Put them in bathrooms, hallways, anywhere you can think of where they would make an impact. How to use a condom, what a dental dam is for, etc. Make sure that they're tasteful; the last thing anyone needs is to get in trouble for trying to get accurate and above all realistic information out there. And of course, if you don't want to do something like this, I totally understand. But if you do, just don't get caught. Even though you could almost certainly stay mostly out of trouble on free speech grounds, there's still a huge chance that you could get suspended or (unlikely) expelled. But I really think that this sort of direct action can be effective and is often necessary. Just my two cents, though.

Peace.

TheLittleRowboat's picture

Don't blame your school, blam

Don't blame your school, blame George Bush's American theocra....er....government. His moronic refusal of teaching anything but abstinence is going to kill me.....

And amen to the above for the underground resistance. Power to ya. But, to clarify one thing, the Supreme Court has upheld that the second you get onto any public school's property you have no constitutional rights. There is actually a section in my student handbook about 'unauthorized publications' AKA- anything the administration happens to not approve of. So, if you are willing to accept the possible consequences of your actions, fight the Man!

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If I had a dollar for everytime I'd been wrong,
I'd be a selfmade millionaire and you'd still be gone.

Eegriaga's picture

At our school

Wow, you are right
well at my school they don't mention condemns or birth-control pills No-offense but i really dont want kids...
but im drifting from the point
they say gay or lesbian sexual activity is evil an wrong
it made me gulp and then i remembered that our guidance counselor is a total BITCH
and her daughter (stupid teachers pet)

"There are no flowers no not this time" AFI

solvent's picture

Re.: Guerilla Sex Ed

OverlappingElvis wrote:

One excellent thing to do (in my opinion) is to engage in a little bit of guerilla sex ed. Flyers are wonderful, stickers are better, sticky flyers are even better. Put them in bathrooms, hallways, anywhere you can think of where they would make an impact.

I really like that idea! I usually get to school early, before most of the students and some of the teachers get there, so I could well be able to put up some flyers/stickers. I think I could also get some covert staff help from my uber-liberal, pro-sex dedate teacher.

Do you know of any web-sites where I could download or order such posters/flyers/stickers? The only one I know of is the the Coalition for Positive Sexuality.

Black Strangle wrote:

they say gay or lesbian sexual activity is evil an wrong
it made me gulp

I'm so sorry that you have to learn about sex in that kind of hostile environment :( I'm glad I don't go to a religious school. They didn't say anything about queer sex at all, which is pretty bad, but at least it wasn't condemned.

- a.

"My finger is on the smiting button right now. Don't test me."
- Eric, _Eric, the Power-Mad Dungeon Master_, Mark Arenz

the mouse that roared's picture

*nods vigorously to what everyone said*

Yes. I completely agree. And that sucks that your school has that sort of an environment, Black Strangle.

I also like Overlapping Elvis' idea. Though in our school sex ed is *slightly* better than what it sounded like at yours. They actually mention homosexuality and say it isn't wrong. But they don't really explain how to use contraceptives.

My church does an OWL (Our Whole Lives) class for ninth graders. This is a wonderful, understanding, very complete sex ed program that taught me so much useful stuff. I think every teen should take it.

At the end of the program they gave us stickers with a picture of a consom on them saying "Just Wear It!" I suppose that isn't really the best educational tool, but it's better than nothing. They came from the GRM FOUNDATION. The slogan on the back it "FOR PREVENTION OF HIV, OTHER STD'S, AND UNWANTED PREGNANCIES, WEAR A CONDOM." There wasn't a web site, but maybe one could look it up? The phone number was 212/837-4360...

OverlappingElvis's picture

I know that Planned Parenthoo

I know that Planned Parenthood gives out a lot of free literature as well as stickers. There are offices all over the country, and you could probably check their website as well.