The Cosby Conundrum
Dara Purvis, a columnist for alterna-news site The Raw Story, fumes about the double standard of banning pregnant teen Alysha Cosby from her own high school graduation while allowing her inseminator to walk.
Purvis ties the story to the conservative push for abstinence-only health education.
Alysha’s treatment comes at the same time as new developments are made in regards to that darling of the White House, abstinence-only sex education….
From a survey of the 13 most frequently-used abstinence-only programs receiving federal government funding, Representative Henry Waxman publicized several examples of students being taught that a man needs “admiration” and “sexual fulfillment” from his partner, while a woman needs “financial support.” Another program teaches that “women gauge their happiness and judge their success by their relationships. Men’s happiness and success hinge on their accomplishments.” And my personal favorite, a story in a series called “Choosing Best” told of a knight who decided to marry a common village maiden rather than a princess, because the princess kept giving him advice about how to slay a local dragon. The fable finished with “moral of the story: occasional suggestions and assistance may be all right, but too much of it will lessen a man’s confidence or even turn him away from his princess….”
In these heady days of being flush with currency to spend on social programs—it’s not like there are millions of Americans living without health insurance or anything—I suppose I should be thrilled that Bush wants to spend over a quarter of a billion dollars a year teaching little girls that if they have the temerity to imply that they might be equal to little boys, they’ll never get married.
Read Abstinence (and Sexism) Only, by Dara Purvis.