The “Human Sexuality Terms” handout included nine pages of terms used to describe different kinds of sex acts, sexual preferences, anatomical and colloquial names of sex and reproductive organs, names of STDs and so forth. The assignment included a subset of the definitions found on the “Sex Terms” list complied by the very progressive website Sex, Etc., which is part of Rutgers University “Answer sex ed, honestly” program.
Students were purportedly asked to read the definitions of the terms aloud during class.
While they were allowed to say “pass” and avoid reading a definition if asked, students instead felt intense peer pressure to respond — if they didn’t respond, some students feared they might be mocked for “not being able to handle it” or for being too prudish.
Of course, not all 10th graders feel comfortable defining “anal intercourse” or “cunnilingus” or “fellatio” in front of a class of 15-year-old and 16-year-old boys and girls.
What is the real purpose of pressuring students into talking about explicit sex terms with their peers? Is the presence of this kind of exercise somehow related to the growing number of sexually-explicit books that have been found in school libraries as of late? Are you concerned that children are being over sexualized with assignments like this?
If after reading this, you are scratching your head and wondering what’s going on in schools, then you absolutely cannot miss the American Conversations panel discussion What Are Your Children Learning? in Greenwich on May 21st at 4pm!
The panel will be moderated by Christine Dolan, and features a powerful line-up of speakers who will be talking about how social emotional learning (SEL); diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI); and critical race theory have made their way into the classroom, and have, among other things, created an environment that permits this sort of content under the guise of “equity" or “being inclusive”.