Was it "Vagina" or Climate Change?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 07:58
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Tim McDaniel is a high school biology teacher who had the audacity to cover sex ed and climate change in his class...more specifically parents are upset that he used the word "vagina" in a lecture on the biology of orgasm.

Betty always says that if we can't use clinical terms to describe sexuality then how are we going to teach our children about sex.  She would add that he may have erred in using "vagina" - "vulva" is a woman's sex organ...the vagina is the birth canal. 

I can't believe that in the era of internet porn parents are upset that a teacher read "vagina" outloud from a biology text book.  And we wonder why we have the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world.

The kids have come to McDaniel's defense *fingerscrossed*:

“[T]here are a couple people in the community that are trying to get Mr. McDaniel fired for teaching the reproductive system, climate change, and several other science subjects. All these subjects were taught from the book and in good taste. He cares for each of his students and goes the extra mile to help them all. Now is the time for us to help by supporting him!”

Such a shame. In my opinion not teaching kids about orgasm and birth control is a form of abuse. 15-25 year olds account for 50% of all new STD cases and 1/3 of all new HIV cases annually. We're failing our children.

Do you think parents would have complained if he used the word "penis"?

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson

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the word penis

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:07

Yes, I think they would have complained if he had said penis. Those sorts of people are sick in their minds; they think the earth is flat, god created the world in seven days, and human beings are not animals. If we pretend hard enough, we are all sexless dolls without genitalia, god's special little creatures. Ugh.

Vagina? What happens when we talk about all things clitoris

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Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:22
Betty Dodson

Even though the terms, vagina and clitoris are part of the female genitals, it's difficult to imagine what, where, how and why anyone could object to these legimate clinical terms that describe a woman's reproductive organs. Just dwell on that for a moment. That's how sick this country is when it comes to human sexuality. I beleive America's sexual repression is why we are killing our planet.

We need accurate, compassionate, and complete sex education

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 23:33

Much of the 'Christian' United States would really rather pretend that there is no such thing as sex. The moralists have effectively imposed a nation-wide blackout on sensible, accurate teaching and public discussion of sexuality and the human body. They seem to hope that if orgasm, masturbation, and genitalia are never mentioned, people will forget they exist and their children will never find out. But the opposite is true: what is forbidden becomes what's fascinating, and not necessarily in a healthy way. I think Betty's right; we have a sick culture in denial about the importance of freely discussing every aspect of sexuality. We're paying a steep price in frustration, violence, cruelty, and greed. This is why persistent, determined sex educators are so important.