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Sex Ed in the 50's March 17, 2007

Posted by truthspew in sex education.
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Found this video on a discussion board I visit on occasion. First of all I was shocked – they actually taught this in the 50’s? Here I was thinking the 50’s were so sanitized. Guess I was wrong on that count.

I can just see the response you’d get today were you to play this video in a classroom full of 13 year olds.The kids would probably appreciate the no-nonsense approach but their Christian Fundie parents would go absolutely ballistic. I have to laugh when I hear about abstinence only sex education. As far as I’m concerned abstinence is mommy and daddy sticking their heads in the sand, hoping that their little darling will hold out until the wedding night.

Not only is it unrealistic, but by only teaching abstinence we’re doing a real disservice to kids. If there is one thing a kid is full of, it’s questions. To try and deflect with things like abstinence is ridiculous and why we’re seeing an up tick in unwanted pregnancies and STD’s among teens.


Watching Kinsey and some tangential thoughts February 11, 2007

Posted by truthspew in computers, Kinsey, sex education.
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I’ve heard around the way that Dr. Kinsey was known to sample all the delights from the full range of human sexuality. But I just caught the movie and have some thoughts.

The objection to homosexuality really does run through the ages doesn’t it. But it appears to be changing. The other day I ran across a graph in USA Today of all places that showed rates of acceptance of homosexuality are rising from about my generation on up. In many cases it’s way above 50%.

The laugh out loud moment in the movie was the whores vs. horse part. Truly funny but then I’ve noticed over time that humanity is funny. You can choose to cry about it or laugh about it. I have chosen to laugh at the absolute absurdity of the things we do.

Kinsey did humanity a great service. History is very inconsistent in its treatment of the man. But think about it, he went places and did things that we today take as common knowledge. I do wish someone would repeat his study with a wider sample. I bet we’d find that the results might be a bit more surprising.

Another interesting thing about Kinsey. He could not have done such a study without the aid of technology. I loved the little flash to the 80 column cards. I remember my first go around at the college thing. First we had a course in BASIC of all things but it was on interactive DEC VT100 terminals attached to a DEC PDP-11/44 running RSTS/E. All well and good since as a 17 year old (A birthday in late November meant that I was almost always the youngest in class!) I had access to all the documentation for said system and I read it with gusto.

Then came the PL/I course. All batch – which meant those damned 80 column cards and the IBM Type 25 card punch machine. It also meant days between submitting your batch and getting your output. Needless to say that presented a problem and I still had access to the PDP-11/44. I think I talked about that elsewhere but it ended badly. Lets just say that the old saw about a little knowledge being a dangerous thing is definitely true.