Sex Ed: Hazardous to Your Child’s Health?

Sex Ed: Hazardous to Your Child’s Health?
The primary goal of sex education is not eradication of disease, it’s social change.

An [National Review Online] Q&A

Is sex-ed hazardous to your child’s health? The industry line is, argues Dr. Miriam Grossman, a psychiatrist who has worked on college campuses and seen too much pain and illness that the sexual revolution has wrought. She’s the author of the new book You're Teaching My Child What?: A Physician Exposes the Lies of Sex Ed and How They Harm Your Child, and took questions earlier this week from National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez.

For the interview, see http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YTQwY2U1ZDExN2QxNjAxYjlhYjE5MWFkOWE1YjcwZmI=&w=MA

1 comment:

Family Man said...

See also: Anonymous, M.D., Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student (New York: Sentinel, 2006).

A lot of interesting stuff about how postmodern "healthcare" targets obesity and tobacco use, but excuses and even encourages sexual promiscuity in the name of personal liberty vis-a-vis an allegedly oppressive religious fundamentalism. In our post-Natural Law era, what else should one expect?

More pertinent to this blog, note one of the latter chapters, which argues as follows. Career counseling and other literature promote careers for women and warn against sex discrimination in terms of hiring, pay, promotions, or sexual harassment in the work place. Hardly anyone warns against fertility declines that come with aging, or against the psychological distress resulting from a failure to fulfill developmental psychologist Erik Erikson’s notion of “generativity,” which he says is normal during early adulthood. Erikson’s point was that maturation occurs throughout the lifecycle, not just for children and adolescents, such that early and late adulthood differ from one another. A woman delaying childbearing for a career thus will naturally feel out of balance. By the time she decides to do something about it, it can be too late to conceive. Even fertility treatments are expensive, emotionally stressful, and less effective the older one gets, though the media sends a false message that childbearing can be activated on command. (119-41) “The average age of female students on my campus is twenty-six. Almost all plan to have children. They hear all the time about breast cancer and bone disease, the importance of exercise and a healthy diet. But from my review of campus health Web sites and pamphlets, I see no evidence that anyone is teaching these young women about the best time to have a family.” (131)

When is the best time? When God gives you the gift of a spouse, then be ready also for His gift of children, but also be patient in case He choose to withhold that gift. Either way, view it as a gift.