Sex Education Book Featuring Bondage Shelved After Outcry From Parents

Your Health Today removed from classrooms in Fremont, with anatomical drawings and passages on 'erotic touch' slammed as 'borderline pornography' at school board meeting
Sex Education Book Featuring Bondage Shelved After Outcry From Parents

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by Alison Flood | The Guardian | August 15, 2014


A sex education book has been pulled from classrooms in Fremont, California, after more than 2,000 protesters objected to its “inappropriate” coverage of sex.

The textbook, Your Health Today, was introduced in June to the six high schools in Fremont, intended for the use of the schools’ 2,400 ninth-graders (aged 13-14), according to San Francisco Gate. But parents were quick to voice objections to the health and sex education title, which is pitched as “a guide for healthy living in college and beyond”, with one telling the local site that it is “not age-appropriate for these kids”, and others attacking drawings of sexual organs as “not necessary for these children”.

Images from the book provided by SF Gate show anatomical drawings and text on “erotic touch”, which is described as “a sensual form of communication that can elicit feelings of tenderness and affections as well as sexual feelings”. “Skin in the nonspecific erogenous zones of the body (the inner thighs, armpits, shoulders, feet, ears, and sides of the back and neck),” write authors Michael Teague, Sarah Mackenzie and David Rosenthal, “contains more nerve endings than do many other areas; these areas are capable of being aroused by touch.”

A mention of bondage drew particular ire from parents: the book describes it as a game in which “restriction of movement (eg using handcuffs or ropes) or sensory deprivation (using blindfolds or masks) is employed for sexual enjoyment”, adding that readers should only do what “they are comfortable doing”, reported Slate.

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