Last week, the Associated Press ran an article about new sexual education guidelines that were released by a coalition of health and education groups. The guidelines had various requirements based on grade level and in paraphrasing the suggestions for second graders, the AP wrote that “students should use the correct body part names for the male and female anatomy, and also understand that all living things reproduce and that all people have the right to not be touched if they don’t want to be.”
And that, of course, was proof to Matt Barber that liberal groups are trying to sexually indoctrinate young children:
The guidelines say that students should use the correct body part names for the male and female anatomy. How dare they! That’s up to parents to decide!
And understand that all living things reproduce and that all people have the right not to be touched – okay, that’s good. I sit down with my children and I teach them at. Again, this is for parents. Now, educating children about potential sexual abuse, that’s a good thing, but listen to this: the right not to be touched if they do not want to be touched. Again, don’t you love how they inject the poison pill into that. So again, this is the values neutral notion.
Children as young as second grade, you have the right not to be touched unless you want to be touched. If you want to engage in sexual behavior and you’re in second grade, why, more power to you, second grader. No time to watch SpongeBob, you want to go hook up with some other second grader? It’s disgusting, it’s despicable what they’re doing and I don’t know about you folks, but it makes me angry!
Of course, if anyone is “sexualizing” these recommendations, it is Barber, as he is the one assuming that telling children that they have the right to tell people not to touch them “if they do not want to be touched” is really some nefarious plot to encourage second grade students to engage in sexual behavior.