Friday, April 01, 2005

Government Abstinence Site Under Fire

A parenting website developed by the U.S. Dept. of Health And Human Services (HHS) is under fire because it promotes sexual abstinence, almost to the exclusion of alternatives. One of its more controversial recommendations says:

"If you believe your adolescent may be gay, or is experiencing difficulties with gender identity or sexual orientation issues, consider seeing a family therapist who shares your values to clarify and work through these issues."

Promoting abstinence is fine, said Monica Rodriguez of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, but the government should also address the needs of teenagers who are already sexually active, gay or lesbian, or who have been sexually abused.

Her 41-year-old organization as well as the ACLU, the National Education Association and more than 100 other advocacy groups are asking HHS to take down the Web site.

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At 3:20 AM, Blogger Lee Killough said...

Scanning the website myself, I did not see anything that was blatantly anti-sex or even anti-homosexual, although you could tell that everything was couched in politically correct language designed not to offend any interests.

It's not bad for a government site, actually :)

The comment about homosexuals requiring therapy sounds like a catch-all escape clause. It could be interpreted as: "If you have gay, lesbian, or sexually active kids, then, well, seek a higher power (therapist) who shares your values. We just can't get into all of complexities involved without offending someone, somewhere, so you'll just have to go somewhere else for help."


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