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January 3 2015

Teaching Kindergarteners About Sexual Consent

VIcki Alger

By now we’re all aware that last fall California adopted the “yes means yes” law.

Superficially it sounds like a good idea: consensual sex on campuses of colleges (public and private) that accept any financial aid funding from the state requires affirmative consent from both parties.

But as several of my IWF colleagues have noted in reality the law puts men in jeopardy of being labeled as rapists (here) by undermining due process (here and here). It perpetuates the dubious “rape culture” argument rather than honestly tackling the pervasive campus “hook-up” culture (here). The yes means yes law swings open the bedroom door to government micromanagement of our intimate relationships (here starting at 10.00 mins.) and does little if anything to reduce actual rapes on campus (here).

Now a group of college students wants to require that starting as early as kindergarten children be taught about sexual consent to combat “rape culture.” As Adan Salazar reports for InfoWars.com reports,not all California college students agree:

An organization called Take Back The Campus, made up of students from three California colleges, has released a list of demands it says will help curb the incidence of campus sexual assaults.

“We recommend consent education in K-12,” one of the group’s three demands reads. “College is too late for people to learn about bodily autonomy and respect.” …

Take Back the Campus’ demands are essentially a culmination of liberal overkill following the passage of California’s “Yes means yes” law, a convoluted, excessive piece of legislation which requires “an affirmative, unambiguous and conscious decision” by all parties prior to engaging in sexual activity.

Of course there is good reason for parents to be concerned.

One UC Santa Barbara biological science major told Campus Reform she thought “Kids that age shouldn’t be exposed to material like that.”

“A lot of sex ed can be either biased or incorrect, so with that kind of misinformation, it could be pretty damaging to a seven-year-old and their views on sex and relationships later in life,” student Aaron Fulcher expressed.

California isn’t the only place where activists, under the guise of sensitivity and diversity education, are trying to advance a sex ed agenda in schools starting with five-year-olds.

This is yet another reason why parental choice in education is so critically important. Public schools rarely oppose any political agenda that comes with state or federal dollars attached.

Parents who disagree with the politicizing and increasing attempts to sexualize their children should have other quality options available. Once schools start losing students—and their education funding—over indoctrination attempts, they will have powerful incentives to push back and keep sex ed where it really belongs: with children’s parents.



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