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Jill Stanek - "Sex-Ed is Unnecessary and Harmful"

| by Jill Stanek

With renewed debate over how to curb the rampant, irresponsible sexual activity of our youth - the other side pushing more of what sexualized our children to begin with - we thought it a good time to resurrect a good piece on Life Site News last year by Psychiatrist Dr. Philip Ney regarding sex education for children.

Dr. Ney's assessment? There is "no particular need" for it. Some of his more noteworthy points:

* The more sex education, the more sexual self-consciousness. There is substantial evidence that the more sex education, especially on technique, the more the couple is sexually inhibited. The greater the emphasis on sexual performance, the less communication and interpersonal intimacy there is....

* The more sex education, the more sexual activity. It is quite conclusive now, that the more sex education, the more sexual activity and all the problems that go with that. The introduction of sex education is well correlated with the increase in abortion, STDs and boy-girl interpersonal problems.

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* The earlier the sex education, the younger children explore sex and try various sexual techniques. Present evidence makes it possible to also conclude that the earlier the sex education, the earlier the sexual behavior.

* In preventing disease and pregnancy, sex education has been a failure. Sex education has had the opposite effect in preventing young people from engaging in "risky sexual behavior."

* The reliance on condoms has been dangerously misleading. There are sexually transmitted diseases (eg. HPV) for which condoms offer no protection.... Condom use creates the false impression of safety, thus encouraging sex....}

* There is nothing in sex education that cannot be part of a more effective general health education.

* Sex education creates mind absorbing conflicts and preoccupations. Exposing children to sexual titillation (sex education) creates conflicts and preoccupations that interfere with their mental health, education and personal development.

Read the Opposing Views debate, Should Abstinence Only Sex-Ed Be Taught in Schools?