A few months ago, while aimlessly Facebooking, I came across an Upworthy article about what is being taught today about sex in high schools. Being passionate about both those things, I clicked my heart out.
You can find the article here: http://www.upworthy.com/get-ready-to-be-horrified-at-what-schools-are-telling-kids-about-sex?g=2&c=ufb4&fb_ref=Default
The first graph highlighted states that didn’t require Sex Ed—Utah wasn’t highlighted.
The second graph highlighted states that didn’t require HIV education—again, Utah wasn’t highlighted.
The third highlights states that don’t have to be medically accurate about the HIV information they give—again, Utah isn’t highlighted.
If you stopped after the third graph, Utah would look like a pretty sexually-informed place, wouldn’t it?… But when you get to the fourth graph, you understand why Utah wasn’t highlighted in the preceding graphs.
Just in case you guys missed that small note at the bottom of the graph, here it is again:
UTAH LAW PROHIBITS TEACHERS FROM RESPONDING TO STUDENT’S SPONTANEOUS QUESTIONS IN WAYS THAT CONFLICT WITH THE LAW’S REQUIREMENTS.
And just in case you missed the title of this graph:
STATES WHERE SEX EDUCATION, IF PROVIDED, MUST INCLUDE INFORMATION ON ABSTINANCE, BUT NOT ON CONTRACEPTION.
Summary: Studies show that children aren’t getting “The Talk” at home anymore, because parents are relying on schools and social media to take care of that uncomfortable conversation for them.
Where I grew up and live, you aren’t ever going to have the sex talk. When I went through my ninth grade Health class, I was lucky that contraception was still being taught. I’m also insanely lucky to have an open and loving mother who has never been afraid of answering my questions, but most other mothers don’t even let their kids watch Spongebob.
Laws have been passed since I was fourteen, and now it is literally ILLEGAL for teachers to teach contraception to students, and also ILLEGAL for them to answer any questions if students are brave enough to ask.
Guess who else only teaches abstinence?
Here’s how Mormons talk about sex:
Did you catch all that?
This is a clear example of the UNseparation of Church and State in Utah and how it is directly harming people. Teenagers have always had sex, they always will, and there’s a reason Utah has more teen pregnancies than any other state.
Cheers to breeding ignorance.