Miriam Grossman lectures at the Heritage Foundation on sex education

Dr. Miriam Grossman gave a wonderful lecture for the Heritage Foundation.

Here’s the abstract:

The principles of sexual health education are not based on the hard sciences. Sex education is animated by a specific vision of how society must change, and because of this, sex ed curricula omit critical biological truths and endorse high-risk behaviors. The priority for SIECUS, Planned Parenthood, and Advocates for Youth is not the health and well-being of young people. These federally funded organizations are fighting “repression” and “intolerance,” not herpes or syphilis. But when sexual freedom reigns, sexual health suffers. Our children are being taught that you can play with fire, and we are obligated to inform them of the risks they face and to teach them biological truths, even when they are politically incorrect.

And here’s a scary excerpt:

You’re all familiar with the epidemics of STIs, sexually transmitted infections, in this country, but there’s another one. It’s a man-made one. It’s an epidemic of ignorance, misinformation, and duplicity.

If you go to the medical library and browse through the journals, you will learn some amazing things, such as a girl’s cervix is more easily infected by sexually transmitted infections than a woman’s because it has yet to mature. Boys and men don’t have a corresponding area of vulnerability in their reproductive system. The neurobiology of teen girls is unique, and it makes a girl’s developing brain more vulnerable to stress, especially the stress of failed relationships.

You’d learn that the adolescent brain functions differently from an adult’s. The area responsible for reasoning, suppression of impulses, and weighing the pros and cons of one’s decisions is not fully developed. Furthermore, under conditions that are intense, novel, and stimulating, teens’ decisions are more likely to be shortsighted and driven by emotion. You would discover that oral sex is associated with cancer of the tonsils and throat. The human papilloma virus infects those areas just like it does the cervix.

You’d find loads of articles—in fact, entire books— about oxytocin, a hormone that tells the brain, “You’re with someone special now; time to turn caution off and trust on; time to create an emotional bond.” In both sexes, oxytocin is released during cuddling and kissing and sexual touching, but estrogen ramps up the effects of oxytocin, and testosterone dampens them.

[…]You’d learn also that the healthy vagina, due to its architecture and biology, is an unfriendly environment for HIV, while the rectum has cells that facilitate the entry of HIV directly into the lymphatic system. This and many, many more things have been known for years, but when you turn to sex ed curricula and, most disturbing, the Web sites that are suggested to young people and their parents, nothing: none of this information.

So there is a man-made epidemic of ignorance: ignorance of biological truths that should be central in any sex ed curriculum or parent education program. Awareness of these truths can save lives.

I put the responsibility for the epidemic of ignorance directly on those organizations that are at the helm of teaching sex education because, contrary to their claims and promises, their programs are not comprehensive; they are not science-based or medically accurate or up-to-date.

I’ll go even further: They are not about preventing disease. Sex ed is a social movement. Its goal is to change society. The primary goal of groups like SIECUS, Planned Parenthood, and Advocates for Youth is to promote sexual freedom and to rid society of its Judeo–Christian taboos and restrictions.

The rest of the lecture contains specific examples of how sex educators put children at risk.

I read Dr. Grossman’s first book, and I bought her second book, and I really, really recommend these books to people who think that sex is harmless and that sex educators have no agenda that they are trying to push on children. I sometimes complain that women don’t do a good enough job of voting well and preparing themselves to protect their children from the political left. Reading the work of Dr. Miriam Grossman on sex education would be a good start. Then you can go on and read about day care and no-fault divorce, too. There are bad people out there and they do not want what is best for children.

UPDATE:

Commenter Jim writes:

You can view streaming video of her lecture here. Note: Lengthy introductions; Dr. Grossman begins at 6:28.

Also, you can view streaming video of a lecture on her first book Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student here. Note: Dr. Grossman begins at 4:20.

5 thoughts on “Miriam Grossman lectures at the Heritage Foundation on sex education”

  1. “In both sexes, oxytocin is released during cuddling and kissing and sexual touching, but estrogen ramps up the effects of oxytocin, and testosterone dampens them.”

    This is why porn stars often do not allow kissing, cuddling and fondling and prefer just straight sex. By keeping the sex mechanical, they keep emotion out of the equation. And that is why porn actors’ oohs and ahhs often sound so forced…

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  2. To Stephen: you know too much about the porn industry. :)

    To WK: What are the titles of her books if you please?

    Grossman’s position is comprised of a lot of words and stats that say what I’ve said for years: teens are not ready for sex and education should revolve around two areas: 1) the biology of it, and 2) they should not involve themselves with it.

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    1. Here they are: “Unprotected” and “You’re Teaching My Child What?”.

      I like Grossman because when you have to argue these things out with kids, it helps to know what you are talking about. If they don’t believe the facts, take a field trip to a hospital or an abortion clinic. Interview the people who are affected. Find Christians who have been through it. This is why I love the idea of repentance so much – the best Christians in the world are the ones who have done a lot of bad things and who actually know why you shouldn’t do them. They’re the ones who really understand grace, too. We should be talking to Christians who had bad experiences and made bad choices.

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  3. One more thing: I’ve had discussions with “progressives” regarding appropriate literature for high school summer reading lists. Here in Illinois, there was a major flap between one Christian woman on the HS Dist 214 school board and the rest of the board regarding just HS kids should be encouraged to read. A Christian web-site following the debate ran exerpts of some of the books and it made me wonder why they just didn’t pass out issues of Hustler magazine and other such porn. The subject matter, I argued in alignment with the Christian board member, was outrageously unappropriate and does little to guide kids as to proper behavior. The attitudes of teens these days as regards sexual activity, even amongst kids from Christian schools, is abhorent and dangerous beyond their ability to understand. Unfortunately, in this “tolerant” climate, far too many adults are way too adolescent in their own attitudes regarding sex to be of much help and guidance. Grossman’s work seems to be just what is needed and long past due. How many will listen?

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  4. You can view streaming video of her lecture here. Note: Lengthy introductions; Dr. Grossman begins at 6:28.

    Also, you can view streaming video of a lecture on her first book Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student
    here. Note: Dr. Grossman begins at 4:20.

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