Say, about that rape culture bit…

The textbook that Clovis Unified uses for high school sex education does not mention condoms at all, even in chapters about HIV/AIDS and on preventing STDs and unintended pregnancy. Instead, for example, the textbook lists that the ways to prevent STDs are to respect yourself, get plenty of rest, go out as a group and practice abstinence.

The curriculum teaches that all people, even adults, should avoid sexual activity until they are married. Additional materials compare a woman who is not a virgin to a dirty shoe and suggest that men are unable to stop themselves once they become sexually aroused. (here)

Okay… so, since we are all adults here…

Being away will not keep you from getting STDs. Neither will self-respect. Sure, abstinence will, I guess, but the other stuff seems a bit like the 1950’s…

And… why is it that a woman who has sex before marriage is a “dirty shoe” but a man is not? And honestly, is a thin piece of body tissue the defining characteristic of a woman so that if it is missing, she is no longer worthy anything? Only good to kill bugs with and as a dog’s chew toy?

And so men are engines that if you turn them on… they can’t stop… so if you turn them on and if they run over you, you (the woman) is at fault?

And no one things we have a massive problem in this country?

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

One thought on “Say, about that rape culture bit…

  1. I kind of wonder about this “dirty shoe” image that I’ve seen cited.

    How the heck does one make such a reference within a textbook?

    Anyway … it’s plainly irresponsible stuff. Heck, if nothing else, shouldn’t people learn about contraception options for when they’re married?

    Objectively speaking, this is simply not education. It’s prattle meant to pass itself off as education. But having no mention whatsoever of condoms in a sex ed program would be like a mathematics program that never mentions division.

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