This is the way it should be. At some point grown women are supposed to stop dressing like Britney Spears and men are supposed to stop shopping at Abercrombie. Meanwhile, adults earn a prerogative to talk about the next generation of oversexed slackers.
Leave it to Miami University to throw the universe off balance. The National Summit on Youth Culture, Popular Culture and Sexuality Education begins Friday at Miami with the purpose of, among other lofty pursuits, “affirming the okayness of the sexuality of all young people, as well as different sexual identities and orientations." Basically, this is a bunch of brainy grown-ups contriving ways to undermine any chance a wholesome-type might make it through high school as a virgin.
The scholars of human sexuality want us to "rethink" the way public school children learn about sex. I'm no scholar of human sexuality, but it seems to me the emphasis should be getting our public schoolchildren to think less about sex and more about school. While abstinence-only education is impracticable in light of the media's influence, school teachers and other adult mentors should be telling kids to get their head out of the sack and back in the books.
While this weirdo-fest happens to be in my backyard, it's not isolated. Bill O'Reilly's show Thursday included this segment about a pinhead Canadian professor who equated "sexting" to spin the bottle. Peter Cumming, of York University, also wrote
"In Bush's America, is there no middle ground between child pornography, sexual assault, abuse, and exploitation on the one hand and children's 'abstinence' on the other? When, in Western culture, did nudity become pornography, did children's sexuality become perverse, and when and how and why have we forgotten children's participatory rights as sexual beings?"
Children are sexual beings?