...and if you unwrap her and pass her around and, well, she's gonna get all dirty and no one will want to eat her. That's the message "abstinence-plus" sex "educators" are giving to teenagers in Mississippi:
With the teen birth and sexually transmitted disease rates among the highest in the nation, Mississippi lawmakers in 2012 moved to require school districts to provide abstinence-only or so-called abstinence-plus sex education programs to students. (Though calling abstinence-only curriculum “sex education” is a stretch.)
Since then, at least 71 of the state’s 151 school districts have opted to teach abstinence-plus sex education, a nominal improvement from previous decades. But as the Los Angeles Times reports, the quality of that education varies widely, and can sometimes undermine safe sex practices and basic awareness of sexual health issues. Case in point: A school district in Oxford is teaching students that sexually active teen girls are like dirty chocolate that’s been passed around among students.
“They’re using the Peppermint Pattie to show that a girl is no longer clean or valuable after she’s had sex — that she’s been used,” Marie Barnard, a parent and public health worker, told the Times. “That shouldn’t be the lesson we send kids about sex.”
And they have a point—a girl is just like a piece of chocolate! But one that can make her own choices about when and whether to unwrap, get herself vaccinated against HPV, use birth control, refuse to waste her time with anyone who won't eat her, and jump in the shower before wrapping herself back up.