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Parenthood: Live Tweeting an Abstinence Only Sex Education Class

April 23, 2015 — by The Social Clymer

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FatherhoodScience!

Parenthood: Live Tweeting an Abstinence Only Sex Education Class

April 23, 2015 — by The Social Clymer

When Alice Dreger – professor, author, bioethicist – was invited by her son to his abstinence only sex education class it was like putting an open flame next to a gas can. Actually, it might have been more like taking a flamethrower to a gas station.  In her newest book, Galileo’s Middle Finger, Professor Dreger explores the world of science and ethics in a world dominated by politics and ideology. Her publisher describes her book as

A powerful defense of intellectual freedom told through the ordeals of contemporary scientists attacked for exploring controversial ideas, by a noted science historian and medical activist.

She clearly has something to say and is not afraid to say it – and we are all better off for it.

In the 70s and 80s when I was growing up, sex education was pretty clinical. I don’t remember it being whitewashed or tilted by external forces. I also remember telling my mother that I didn’t need to hear about the birds and the bees because I’d already heard everything from a classmate that had an older brother.  So, my fundamentals might not be all that strong.  But, back to Professor Dreger…

Now, here we are in the age of social media. In any gathering of two or more people, there’s always the possibility that someone else is going to broadcast what you’re doing or saying. Professor Dreger used these modern methods to bring the light of day to an educational process that really can’t stand the sunshine – abstinence only sex education.  She did try to keep quiet…

But then opportunity struck…

And from there it was off to the races. I’m not going to put up all of her tweets.  You can see a great synopsis of her live tweeting in a great article on Mashable.  As you can imagine, she has some choice words and can be quite frank and graphic, so I won’t repeat the entire string here. I will, though, pick out a few of my tamer favorites.

In our house, we always think that truth, transparency and information are the most powerful tools that our daughter can be armed with as she grows up. It’s not always easy. It’s rarely comfortable, but in the end, we hope she will be a better woman. We’ll continue to do that.

Go and read Professor Dreger’s entire tweet stream on the subject (warning: it is explicit and could be offensive to some). I’m not sure who might be reading this, but if you have, I’m sure you have some strong feelings about the subject. If you leave a comment, please remember to be respectful to each other, Professor Dreger and especially ME!

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