You would think it would be easy for Mississippi. They rank near the bottom in almost every significant category in this country such as education, median family income, infant mortality rate, citizens with health care and even life expectancy. You would think seeing these statistical facts would encourage someone (or an entire state) to admit that what they’re doing isn’t working and they need to change.
Then again, the fact that they rank near the bottom in all these categories is probably the reason why the state seems too ignorant to change and almost enthusiastic about their ignorance.
Heck, it wasn’t until this year that the state implemented a policy requiring schools to teach sex education. Because, you know, as long as you don’t talk about it – people won’t have sex, right? That’s what you call an “#idiot” moment.
Well it seems in Oxford, Mississippi they’ve decided to teach sex education by attempting to show just how “dirty” women get after having sex – by passing a Peppermint Pattie around the classroom. According to Marie Barnard, a public health worker and parent, what’s happening is they’re asking “students to unwrap a piece of chocolate, pass it around class and observe how dirty it became. They’re using the Peppermint Pattie to show that a girl is no longer clean or valuable after she’s had sex—that she’s been used. That shouldn’t be the lesson we send kids about sex.”
Ignoring for a moment the fact that this example makes absolutely no sense (unless most people don’t bathe in Mississippi) it’s reprehensible that they’re trying to devalue women who have sex. To say that a woman who’s had sex is dirty and worth less than she was before is just absurd.
It’s just incredible to me how ignorant these people are when it comes to sex. They really believe that not talking about sex, not educating their children about sex, that teaching “abstinence” is really going keep teenagers from having sex? If you honestly believe that, you’re insane.
The reality is, teens are going to have sex. As a society we can either see that they’re properly educated about the risks of having sex, and the ways to prevent unplanned pregnancies, or we can lie to ourselves by believing that if we just don’t educate and talk about sex – teens won’t have it.
And considering Mississippi ranks near the top in this country for rate of teen pregnancies, it sure as heck doesn’t seem like their abstinence/don’t teach sex education methods are working. If they think devaluing women by comparing them to a dirty piece of chocolate is going to bring them into the 21st century, they’re obviously delusional beyond repair.
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