A conservative website raised concerns on Friday over a government website aimed at girls ages 10 to 16 that contains graphic information on various sex acts, including mutual masturbation and anal sex.
The website GirlsHealth.com, however, was launched in 2002 during President George W. Bush’s first term.
The website discusses everything from menstruation to homosexuality. CNS News blasted the content for including information on sex acts, birth control, and even the FAQ “Could I be Gay?”
According to historical versions of the site on Archive.org, the graphic sexual content first appeared on the website between October 2005 and June 2006 – while Bush was still in office.
The site includes language on-the-level with young girls. For instance, the glossary definition of anal sex states, “sex that involves putting the penis in the anus, or butt.”
The glossary also defines “crush” for tweens as “a short-lived or temporary fascination with someone.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $16 million contract in 2006 to launch the website and others like it. In 1998, the first contract was award to Soza & Company Ltd. based in Fairfax, Va. to build and manage several health websites. Perot Systems Corp., founded by Ross Perot, acquired Soza the same year. In 2006 Perot won a $16 million contract to continue working on government health websites. This is when sexually graphic language first appeared on GirlsHealth.gov. Dell Inc. acquired Perot Systems in 2009.
In 2007, Wanda Jones, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS behind the website, called it a “U.S. government-source information, that … can be trusted to be based on the most credible sience.”