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Stopping It Before It Starts: Banning Talk of Gateway Sexual Activity

By April 30, 2012

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Is it a sign of the apocalypse that it's harder and harder to tell the difference between so-called real news and the fake news delivered by places like The Onion or The Daily Show? It certainly makes it harder to know when to laugh and when to cry. Case in point, this item from WREG in Memphis:

Lawmakers have passed a bill changing the language of how sexual education is conducted in Tennessee.

The bill, Senate Bill 3310, focuses primarily on abstinence, but allows for comparison of contraception methods. However, contraception is no longer allowed to be distributed on school property.

The confusing part is where they prohibit instructors from encouraging "gateway sexual behaviors." The bill also allows for teachers to be disciplined, and for third-party instructors to be sued, if the rules are not followed."

Never mind that the idea of gateway sex is undefined, unproven, and unintelligible fantasy cooked up by the kind of people who say sex is bad, and then won't stop talking about it. In a television interview Rep. John Deberry, Jr. (ahem...(D) Memphis) explains that gateway sex is something most people would be able to understand if they saw it.

Except of course you provide sex education in part because it's a topic that most of us don't understand that well. At the end of the news item the Representative was paraphrased saying that the bill "would be a way to ensure that abstinence is a cornerstone of any sexual education."

It's also a way to ensure that even the best teachers won't be able to their job, and none of the students in Memphis can expect decent sex education in their public schools.

WREG Memphis: Lawmakers Pass "Gateway Sexual Activity" Ban

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April 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm
(1) Lud says:

Yet again the “greatest country in the world” (I say with sarcasm) leads the way with ill informed dangerous policy.
Perhaps by gateway sex they mean sex by the gate. Okay then just take down all the gates. Problem solved!

May 1, 2012 at 9:57 am
(2) Cory says:

Maybe you’re right. Come to think of it, sex by a gate can be dangerous. You might get your clothes (or some other crease or fold) tangled up in the iron bars. You always run the risk of getting caught in the closing door. And some of those old gates are creaky and insubstantial, which could lead to injury, or tetanus! I agree, public health should begin removing all gates.

May 2, 2012 at 8:33 am
(3) Fishy says:

Set her up on a low wall. That way nothing will get caught…

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