Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Why is sex education as proposed by the RH bill unacceptable? A short and simple answer
The following was written by Mark Lian as a Facebook note. I'm reposting it here with his permission.
ARGUMENT AGAINST SEX EDUCATION
"Informing young people about sex will lead them to try it." (this is a common argument by those against sex education).
"Informing young people about stealing and its evil does not necessarily lead them to try it." (this is not so common a reply to that argument, i got this from a thread
Stealing is not a universal human passion, therefore it is improbable that a teaching about it and about its evil can arouse someone to try it; on the other hand, because sex is based on a universal human passion, therefore teaching young children about it (especially in the context of school education where most teachers have no time if not intention of ministering to the souls of individual students) puts them at risk of arousing their sexual passion too early or, simply, wrongly.
P.S. Some people might replace 'stealing' with 'eating' in their counter-argument. Again, while eating is a universal human desire, it is not really passion in the sense that sexual passions are. Moreover, another significant diffrence is taht eating is for individual survival while sex is for the perpetuation of the species. As individuals, we need food, we don't necessarily need sex. In this significant diffrence the revised counter-argument would still fail.