Out of Minneapolis via The Huffington Post:
Sex Education Teacher Takes Young Students To Sex Toy Shop
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A sex education teacher has drawn the ire of parents after taking middle- and high-school students on a field trip to an adult novelty store in Minneapolis.Let's start at the beginning.
Gaia Democratic School director Starri Hedges took about a dozen students to the Smitten Kitten last week. Hedges told the Star Tribune that she wanted to provide a safe environment for students to learn about human sexual behavior.
Besides offering adult books, videos, toys and other products, the store also has educational workshops, which the students attended.
"What I saw happening on our trip, I thought it was beautiful because kids could talk to these sex educators without any shame, without any fear," Hedges said. Some of her students bought condoms, she said. more at Huff and Puff
Why are schools, including our public schools, teaching kids all this stuff about sex? How about you teach them to read instead? The name of the private school in question answers a lot of the questions that are raised.
Some of these kids were as young as 11 years old. Does an 11 year old need to go to a sex toy shop to learn about sex? One commenter defended Smitten Kitten as a "legitimate business." Well, yes, if you mean they had a business license and all the other stuff you need to run a business, you could certainly call it "legitimate."
But a store that sells pornography, devices to stretch the anal orifice to accommodate anal sex, fake penises the size of Manhattan, handcuffs and whips (because nothing says love like a little sadomasochistic foreplay), and holds classes on how to tie people up in ropes for sex play, is not in any moral person's lexicon, "legitimate."
If you are an adult and wish to go to such a place, be my guest. But, taking children as young as 11 to such a place and calling it "education", is reprehensible.
Now to the real outrage and testimony to how far we've fallen. The majority of commenters at Huff and Puff thought this was a really neat thing to which to expose children. Their only concern was that the parents weren't notified beforehand.
Don't believe me?
From the comment section (names left off on purpose, but can be seen at link):
There were a very few who commented that they thought the whole thing was a bad idea, and in true libtard fashion, they were soundly rebuked and insulted.
"the store is an educational resource about sex and sexuality." I know this store well, and it is a wonderful, sex-positive store that emphasizes sex education and empowerment. The staff is well-trained and owner Jennifer Pritchett is a real leader in the sex ed community.
art teacher takes students to an ART museum
Science teacher takes students to a Science Museum
Music teacher takes students to a concert
Sex ed teacher takes students to a sex shopThe only problem with this article is that the parents were never notified. Other than that I have no problem with children going to workshops for sex-ed. Although it would have been better to have someone from the shop to come to the school instead of the having the students go to the shop. Now had this been a class for 12th graders or a college class then I wouldn't have had anything to say except why did it take them so long?Yes, god forbid that about-to-be-sexually-active kids learn about sexuality through means other than photos of STD-infested genitals. What a joke of a "controversy.Getting the parents permission should have been a must in this situation. I live in Minnesota, the Smitten Kitten isn't what some of you think, it's not a porn shop, it is a legitimate business. I've never been there, but they advertise their classes and products on the radio station I listen to. They seem to specialize in helping people with problems as well as selling some of the more interesting products that are out there.What is the big deal!?Awesome field trip, but any field trip requires parental notification and permission.
The early sexualzation of our children, and the dumbing down of their academics, is producing a nation of people with no moral compass and a lack of virtue.
I quoted John Adams and Benjamin Franklin in my article at DaTechGuy, Are the citizens of our nation becoming increasingly immoral?…
John Adams, in a letter dated October 11, 1798, to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts said:
[…]we have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.and
Benjamin Franklin emphasized that without virtue, free societies could not properly function. He said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”This sort of event is nothing more than a step in the direction of dismantling and decimating the traditional family, the bedrock of a civil society.
Soon the Supreme Court will rule on same-sex marriage, and I have no doubt which side of the podium that gavel will fall. They will redefine marriage to accommodate 2 - 3% of the population and attempt to normalize deviancy. These sexualized children will applaud, as will their parents.
Paul Kengor at American Thinker: From Communists to Progressives, the Left's Takedown of Family and Marriage
Gallup: Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues