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Sex Ed Group Targets Florida in War Against Abstinence-Only Education

That's a video from this past April, which gives you some context for the briefing yesterday on Capitol Hill by SIECUS -- the organization that promotes sex education and attacks the abstinence-only curricula that gained momentum during the Bush years.

Obama's election brought a halt to that momentum on a national level, but Florida still has a Republican-dominated legislature that figures to resist the federal effort to use dollars formerly earmarked for abstinence education for sex education.

After the jump, the SIECUS review of the tax-subsidized sex education program that was designed for Florida sixth graders.

This is from one abstinence-only teaching lesson called Choosing the Best WAY, which according to SIECUS relies on fear and shame to convince 6th graders to wait till marriage to have sex. Here are that lesson's lowest lowlights:

* The four teens interviewed about their first sexual experiences during a video segment--the first mention of sex in the curriculum--include two rape victims and one girl Robin, who continually describes her first sexual experience as "horrible." (Choosing the Best WAY, Video Segment 3)
* In discussing Chlamydia the teacher is told to hold up "green slime or goo" and say "The discharge from Chlamydia may be messy and oozy like this, or it may be very slight, almost unnoticeable" (Choosing the Best WAY, Leader Guide, p. 26-27).
* Cauliflower is used to illustrate genital warts caused by HPV: "Break off several pieces and let student pass these around as you explain that genital warts look like cauliflower--lumpy and in clusters." (Choosing the Best WAY, Leader Guide, p. 26-27).
* In one video segment, a young woman compares a person who has had pre-marital sex to pre-chewed gum. She then says she would not want to hand that wad of gum to her husband (Choosing the Best WAY, Video Segment 5). The curriculum instructs teachers to explain: "Gum that has already been chewed isn't as appealing as when it is unwrapped and new" (Choosing the Best Way, Leader Guide, p. 31).