Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sex education: vibrant edition

I really fail to see how anyone could possibly object to this multicultural approach to sex education. After all, in the USA, kindergarten teachers are hell-bent on teaching their students how to apply condoms to bananas:
Girls as young as ten are being sent to initiation camps in Malawi to be taught about how to have sex and in some cases lose their virginity. The girls are told by their families they are attending a camp with their friends, but when they arrive they are shown how to have sex and told they must lose their 'child dust' as soon as they can or they will get a skin disease.

When she was aged 10 Grace was sent to an initiation camp which took place not far from her home in Golden Village, where Grace lives with her grandmother, reports CNN. 'I was playing outside when my mother told me I would marry. My life was ruined': Ethiopian child bride, forced into marriage at 10, pregnant at 13 and widowed by 14, on the moment her world changed forever

During her week-long stay she said she was taught her about respecting her elders and doing household chores, but also how to have sex by the women that led the camp who are known as he women, known as anamkungwi, or 'key leaders'. She told a group of journalists visiting Malawi with the United Nations Foundation that the women  demonstrated sexual positions and encouraged girls to do 'sexual cleansing,' also called kusasa fumbi, which meant they should get rid of their inexperience with sex through practice.
I'm just curious as to what grounds American advocates of sex education could possibly find this hands-on teaching to be objectionable. It seems to me to be an obvious consequence of the trend that began in the seventies. What are we to conclude from this, that one culture's approach to sex education is less viable than another's? Perhaps it is the American secular approach that is simply too repressed for its own good.


Grime Knight said...

Even more vibrancy! I mean, clearly it is so prudish of us to start sex-ed sooooo late in development. And screw having parents teach their own children that because teachers are licensed professionals!

It is the tried and true method after all.

tz said...

But these are women doing it to woman grrl power. Like the forced abortion grannies in china.

Feather Blade said...

I'm just curious as to what grounds American advocates of sex education could possibly find this hands-on teaching to be objectionable.

On the grounds that they didn't think of it first, and now if they try it here it'll look like they're copying.

swiftfoxmark2 said...

This is probably better than the vibrant education that young black girls receive in the United States. At least they are taught how to take of household chores and showing respect for her husband.

And at least they are getting married. I'll grant it's not perfect, but it is a step up from the inner city black girls are taught.

Marissa said...

I've heard the most dedicated multiculturalist woman say we can't judge the Africans who mutilate their children's genitals. Multiculturalism is pure evil.

Anonymous said...

I'm fine with sex ed for all kids, even including the strange argument that this somehow 'encourages' sexual activity (like teenagers would never have had any interest without those pesky teachers bringing it up).

Once you've got an age of consent, teenagers having sex with each other is simply not a crisis. What the world needs most is a lot less fighting and a lot more f***ing, as a wise man said.

Revelation Means Hope said...

It always disgusts me when I read or hear about people and cultures who degrade one of the most precious gifts that God bestowed upon his creation.

But then, I remember that we have an implacable, malevolent enemy who will stop at nothing to get back at Christ.

LP2021 Bank of LP Work in Progress said...

I can't handle reading this.

Well, this is what the baby boomers wanted; free love. Ah, boomers and their wondrous global ideas for their progeny. Such futures!!

Debauching children is punishable in hell.

LP2021 Bank of LP Work in Progress said...

Oh, I failed to recall F'ism's glories, this would please the women's and abortionettes leagues.

Surely they would distance themselves from such teachings in their modern world but for this V edition, its good enough for them to suffer like this. The girls have nothing to look forward but suffering minus medical to address the obgyn issues.

Hey, can the girls smoke opium too?

Black Poison Soul said...

The problem is that the west isn't progressive enough. Sex Ed should use vibrators instead of bananas, plus show and let them experiment in groups. After all that's exactly what the porn industry teaches - and it'll give them a running start at the sex-toys industry too. It's all about avoiding those icky boys and the evil patriarchy.


Anonymous said...

Copyleft, there's nothing "strange" about that argument. Sex ed sanctions teenage sex. When you hand out contraceptives, it doesn't matter how often you tell them not to do it, kids aren't stupid: they know you're expecting them to do it. Knowing that adults are basically expecting them to do it, even if they'd rather they didn't, takes away a major restriction.

It's a typical example of liberal bull-headedness:

Liberals enact solution B to fix minor problem A.
Minor problem A grows into a major problem.
Liberals insist that solution B just wasn't pursued strenuously enough, and they add solution C to reinforce it.
Major problem A grows into a huge crisis.
Liberals insist that something -- probably white male privilege -- kept solutions B and C from being enacted properly, so they present solutions D, E, and F and set up a new federal department to oversee solutions B-F and explore the need for new solutions.
Major crisis A levels off because things in nature eventually have to, and its new outrageously high level and solutions B-Z become the new norm.

And your last quote is just stupid, not wise. Woodstock is over, man.

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

Poor Malawi.

This sort of nonsense would never have happened under the conservative rule of the late Hastings Banda (1989-1997), who governed the country from 1961 to 1994.

You might be interested to know that since 2012 Malawi has been ruled by a woman: Joyce Hilda Banda (no relation to Hastings).

She is widely-known for having lifted the ban on homosexualism in the country.

Another reason to ban women from political involvement.

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

* (1898-1997)

Anonymous said...

I think it's pretty interesting to note the indignation we have at such things as "child bride", age of consent, and other issues related to sexuality -- as Christians (this being a blog by a Christian). First off, from whence comes these "universal" ideals? Second, who are we to judge the nations based on them?

What I am getting at is the fact that nowhere in our Bible can we get the idea of what a "child bride" is. We also have to make up the concept of consent and rape. You're not going to get the concept from the Bible, certainly not in the form we see today (non-consensual sex). The seventh commandment is not "thou shalt not rape". It's relating to adultery -- marriage is central delineating relationship to sexual sin. Read Deut 22, last half of the chapter. Read Exodus 22:16-17. These classify women based on virginity, betrothal, and marriage and protect them accordingly with different solutions. It doesn't mention age anywhere. It assumes a dynamic economy of action: responses to certain solutions make prevention all important.

So, what we have here in churchianity (vs. outlined above) is a false morality derived from human reasoning. And now we're going to judge the nations on this basis, not God's clear laws. In fact, there is no debate about His laws' content, but rather it is assumed it doesn't apply. But darned if that isn't going to stop us from making up our own standards and entering every nation on earth with drones, hellfire missles, troops to get compliance for "human trafficking", "child brides", girls not going to school, lack of feminist ideals, you name it. And it's typical we kill thousands, even millions to save them from not following the standards we made up ourselves. And we wonder why Western Civ is basically done....

Anonymous said...

I have no problem with a culture marrying off its post-pubescent girls young. It's probably healthier to get them married at 14 than to let them wander feral and collect debt, STDs, and personality disorders until the baby rabies kick in at 32.

That's not really what this sounded like, though; this sounded more like procurement. It wouldn't surprise me if next we hear that UN peacekeepers were "helping" the girls practice for marriage. It's been a few years since the last UN child prostitution scandal, after all.

Johnny said...

We also have to make up the concept of consent and rape.

Consent does seem to be a recent concept, at least in emphasis. Traditionally, a woman belonged to her father until she belonged to her husband. So consent didn't have much to do with the legitimacy of intercourse. It rose to its present importance to fill the vacuum created by the sexual revolution's overthrow of tradition.

Rape, on the other hand, was always a big deal. But traditionally, there wasn't so much ambiguity as to whether a rape had occurred. Only a minority of today's rapes fit the mold of what "rape" meant 200 years ago.

Anonymous said...


I agree with your last statement insofar as rape has been a big deal in the last oh, at least 400 years with the common law (and probably before). I used to agree with it. But there is not really the support in the Biblical laws for the concept. The non-virgin, non-married (probably non-widow), AKA whore or prostitute was not protected by the law from rape. Considering that protecting this class of individual (basically all the fornicating women of the world) has made the entire concept of hypergamy and carousel riding possible, it certainly hasn't done civilization any good.

Harambe said...

To be fair, Malawi's life expectancy is only 62% of the average 1st world country, so obviously all age-related matters need to be shifted 38% to the left /sarc

Ron said...

Ah, vibrancy!

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