Abstinence-based sex education, time and again, continues to not work — in preventing unintended pregnancies OR sexually transmitted infections.
Not only that, but most of these curricula are wrapped up in the idea that premarital sex is synonymous with guilt or shame, especially (or only) for women.
One student pointed this out last week when her public high school in Oklahoma hosted a sex-ed class that did exactly that, but worse.
According to an article by Tulsa World, school administrators asked Shelly Donahue, the contracted instructor, to follow a secular curriculum at Jenks High School.
"She gave assurances to our administrators that her presentation would be secular, not religious. Regrettably, she did not adhere to those standards," Rob Loeber, a spokesman for the Jenks school district, told Tulsa World. "Some of her comments strayed outside the realm of sex education or AIDS education. Those statements certainly would not be echoed or endorsed by Jenks Public Schools. Because of those misrepresentations, Ms. Donahue will not be asked to return."
According to Donahue's website, however, the bible's teachings of abstinence are the centerpiece of her curriculum.
"It is my heart’s desire for parents to be educated, encouraged, empowered and equipped to parent for purity so their kids will be free to pursue God’s destiny for their hopes and dreams for their future!" she writes.
But what's worse, Donahue separates men and women's desires for sex, intellectual and emotional ability to process sex, and motives behind sex in a way that demeans women and excuses men.
"Guys have a brain that's kind of like a waffle," she famously says in another analogy, in that they compartmentalize sex and other things the way waffles can compartmentalize butter, syrup, fruit, etc.
"God made girls' brains, on the other hand, to be like spaghetti noodles," she says, because, for them, sex gets all mixed up with everything. "Girls are into feelings. Guys are into facts."
This was Donahue's first time being contracted with Jenks High School — and, thanks to Wilson, it was also her last.
Sex ed that demeans girls, that slut shames them, that doesn't even really talk about sex has no place in a public school.