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December 7, 2004
Oh My Freaking God

Cited by Digby as inspiration and source material for the post I referenced below is this post by Barbara O'Brien; a phenomenally terrifying catalog of the horrors of our rapidly growing abstinence-based sex education system.

Please read her post, and then read it again. If you have time, follow some of its links. I challenge you not to be utterly horrified, and then I challenge anyone to console me.

For the chronically busy or incorrigibly lazy, I'll provide a tantalizing taste of the revelations that await you (this from a linked Washington Post article...

Some course materials cited in [Rep. Henry] Waxman's report present as scientific fact notions about a man's need for "admiration" and "sexual fulfillment" compared with a woman's need for "financial support." One book in the "Choosing Best" series tells the story of a knight who married a village maiden instead of the princess because the princess offered so many tips on slaying the local dragon. "Moral of the story," notes the popular text: "Occasional suggestions and assistance may be alright, but too much of it will lessen a man's confidence or even turn him away from his princess."

Previous Comments

Wow. That's pretty disgusting. Your post got me curious about how textbooks are written, reviewed, etc. and found this interesting pseudo-expose from a former employee of one of the big textbook publishers. Should I even be surprised that, when it comes to the adoption of high school textbooks, Texas has more influence than any other state?