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NYC Sex Ed Includes Bestiality, Porn Stars

| by Michael Allen

Details about a new sex education curriculum for New York City public schools, to be launched next spring, have been leaked by the New York Post and feature topics that may offend some parents.

According to the New York Post, the workbooks include the following assignments for middle schools and high schools:

High-school students go to stores and jot down condom brands, prices and features such as lubrication.

Teens research a route from school to a clinic that provides birth control and STD tests, and write down its confidentiality policy.

Kids ages 11 and 12 sort “risk cards” to rate the safety of various activities, including “intercourse using a condom and an oil-based lubricant,’’ mutual masturbation, French kissing, oral sex and anal sex.

Teens are referred to resources such as Columbia University’s Web site Go Ask Alice, which explores topics like “doggie-style” and other positions, “sadomasochistic sex play,” phone sex, oral sex with braces, fetishes, porn stars, vibrators and bestiality.

The Department of Education (DOE) states that the curriculum "stresses that abstinence is the best way to avoid pregnancy and STD/HIV" and reminded the Post that parents have the option to exclude their kids from lessons on "methods of prevention."

In August, Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs commended the return of mandatory sex ed, saying the DOE wants to give students the correct information about sexual activity if they do choose to engage in it.

"We want to help kids to delay the onset of sexual activity, and if they choose to engage in sexual activity, to do it in a healthy way," she said.

The classes will be coeducational, and can be incorporated into existing health education courses.