My kids’ school has a disproportionately large number of pregnant teenagers and a proportionately small amount of sex ed. They get a little reproductive knowledge in science, a dash of “your changing body” from a trip to the Hult Health education center and smidgen of “sex, don’t do it” in an 8th grade health class taught by the school counselor, Ms. J.
In the last such class Ms. J. posed this moral dilemma:
“A boy and a girl are stranded together on an island. The island splits apart, leaving the girl on one side and the boy on the other, seperated by water.
A boat pulls up to the girl’s island and the captain offers her a ride to the other side if she will give him a ride on the wild side. (Okay, okay, her teacher said “in exchange for sexual intercourse.”)
The girl agrees, does the deed, and is reunited with the boyfriend. She tells him about the ‘booty bounty;’ the boy is upset, calls her a ‘slut’ and breaks up with her.”
Of course, the kids had questions.
“How did the island seperate?”
(super-fast continental drift!)
“Why didn’t they build a raft?”
(Duh, they were too busy penning love letters in seaweed on the sea shore to one another.)
“Is the girl/boy cute?”
“Why didn’t they call for help with their cell phones.”
(They were out of minutes and didn’t want to get grounded.)
Reagan’s question, “Why didn’t she ask the captain to give her and the boyfriend a ride to civilization?”
(Well, apparently the girl is a dumbass)
The teacher’s question to the class:
“Who do you think is the villian in this story?
The consensus of the students was the captain of the ship was the evildoer, as he should have “just given her a ride, without making any demands.”
The teacher told them they were wrong, the “villian” is the boyfriend, for judging the girl.
Okay, I get it, judging is bad, but isn’t soliciting a sex act also wrong?
And what kind of story encourages exchanging underage sex for a boat trip and doesn’t extoll the dangers of hitchhiking?
And I’m still pondering, what EXACTLY is the moral of that story?