Some parents say sex-ed book has too much sexy sex

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Parents in Fremont, California are alarmed and demanding the removal of a health textbook that talks about masturbation, foreplay, vibrators, oral sex, and erotic touch, as well as other sexual education topics such as bondage.

Teri Topham, whose daughter is going into ninth grade in Fremont and who teaches high school at a Fremont charter school, said she would throw the book, titled Your Health Today out. "I flipped through it and saw sections that mentioned bondage with ropes and handcuffs," Topham said. "Not only does it have material that is too explicit and inappropriate, it doesn't meet their need for their ages. I am astounded the health teachers and school board said, 'yes, this is the best book we could find.'"

The school is planning to keep the book.

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  1. Kids shouldn't be learning that kind of stuff in school; that's what the internet is for.

  2. "The school is planning to keep the book."

    Hurray!!!

  3. "There's a section that tells you how to talk to your prospective partners about your sexual history," said Asfia Ahmed, a parent and school district employee who said she may sue the district if it does not remove the book. "How does that relate to a 14-year-old kid? I don't see it at all."

    Bet she's going to sue the hell out of them when she has to help with Pre-Calculus homework. "How does that relate to a 14-year-old kid? I don't see it at all."

    What a weak complaint. Why would you want your kid to not consider and make plans to talk with someone they're going to have sex with? Mom is in denial.

    Where's Joycelyn Elders when we need her?

  4. For what its worth, I'm guessing the book doesn't include instructions on how to size anal plugs or anything like that. I'm betting it simply talks about the fact that sex is more than Penis In Vagina and that some people like things that others don't.

    It's not like kids have not already heard about this from their schoolmates by this point, although if it was anything like when I was kid, most of what they heard was wrong and in retrospect quite stupid.

  5. Was skimming through the limited pages available through google books...
    It also contains information on eugenics, so I assume that it is training kids to become a master race as well...
    (from a study guide)

    The main info that I saw related to sex ed was info on date rape drugs, contraception, stuff related to reproductive health, etc.

    Edit: here is the snippet of text that displays when searching for "bondage" along with the book title
    ... Another kind of sex game is bondage and discipline, in which restriction of movement (e.g., using handcuffs or ropes) or...
    Edit 2: Searching for that block of text gives this page from Mcgraw Hill that appears to have the full text for the Varieties of Sexual Behavior and Expression section...
    http://dev6.mhhe.com/textflowdev/genhtml/0077228588/15.3.htm
    Some sexual practices are much less common statistically in our society than those already described. If they are practiced between consenting adults and no physical or psychological harm is done to anyone, they are simply considered atypical. Examples are sex games in which partners enact sexual fantasies, use sex toys (vibrators, dildos), or engage in phone sex (talk about sex, describe erotic scenarios). Another kind of sex game is bondage and discipline, in which restriction of movement (using handcuffs or ropes, for example) or sensory deprivation (using blindfolds or masks) is employed for sexual enjoyment. Most sex games are safe and harmless, but partners need to openly discuss and agree beforehand on what they are comfortable doing.

    Edit 4: Here is the entire sexual health chapter:
    https://www.inkling.com/read/your-health-today-michael-teague-3rd/chapter-12/sexual-health-biology-and

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