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Tennessee’s ‘gateway sexual activity’ bill

Shocking though it may seem, Tennessee has just passed a bill that allows parents to sue teachers and other parties for encouraging or teaching any activity that could lead to sex! That includes but is not limited to hand holding, cuddling, hugging and kissing. In a state that already only teaches abstinence-based sexual education this seems to be adding quite extreme measures to an already limited education. It’s been statistically proven that a full, all-round comprehensive sex education helps lower teen pregnancies where abstinence based sex-ed leads to higher teen pregnancy rates. Of course it does!


Teens (and all people) need options and education. They need to know what is happening to their bodies when the hormones come swishing into their system, when they start to feel natural urges. They need to learn how to make good, safe choices for themselves. As I mentioned over on Facebook (during a particularly shouty rant), ‘teens are gonna have sex whether you teach them safe practice or not. You wouldn’t say, ‘Well driving cars is shameful so we won’t teach anyone how to drive’ – teens would still go out there and drive, they’d just have more accidents! Grrrrrr!’

Rather than worrying about how many teens have had sex or not, and trying to stop them, surely we should be teaching them what to do with all that strong, powerful, natural energy? We should be teaching them how to build loving, emotionally caring, sustainable relationships, how to communicate with partners and relationship options.

We should be teaching them how to enjoy, celebrate and embrace their sexuality, not trying to stamp it out or cover it in shame! As one article I read pointed out,

‘What’s next? A ban on flirting?’

If you really want to ‘protect’ teens from unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, then teach them about it! Bring it all out in the open, tell them their options.

As the spiritual teacher Abraham-Hicks says,

‘You actually can’t choose anything for your children without disempowering them.’

It’s time to start empowering not only our teens but ourselves. Our sexual energy is beautiful, powerful and sacred. We have nothing to be ashamed of. Let’s stop stamping out sexuality with shame and fear and instead start teaching how wonderful it is, how life affirming, healthy and good for you it is. Let’s at least start by offering options rather than limitations.

 

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