Bringing Men and Women back together...before it too late. An exploration of why men have come to manage the world, why they do such a terrible job of it, and what we can do about it while there is still time. Religion, politics, media, art -- are all grist for this mill.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Abstinence-only Programs Demean Women

Among the findings of the study of Abstinence-only programs ordered by Rep. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) is that they frequently demean women and condon male sexual agression.

See the report at

Besides containing mistaken and outright false medical statements, 11 of 13 programs were found to treat demeaning sterotyopes of men and women as fact and reinforced male sexual aggression as natural. One program cited in the report instructs young students that "women gauge their happiness and judge their success by their relationships. Men's happiness and succes hinge on their accomplishments." Another program lists "financial support" as one of the "Five Major Needs of Women" and "domestic support" as One of the Five Major Needs of Men" -- and implies that women should not be working outside of the home.

Another tells of a white knight saving a princess from a dragon by poisoning the creature with a vial he got from the princess, but later is ashamed because he accepted help from a woman. He later marries another maiden only after he is sure she knows nothing about poisons. Moral: men are demeaned bya women's assistance and knowledge and a real man should only marry a dumb woman.

Abstinence educators and organizations were slated to receive 250 million in federal funding in 2005. When the President's budget was sent to Congress it got whittled down to 168 million - but still a record for abstinence groups. Approximately a third of all schools in the United States offer abstinence-only sex education programs. Most are concetrated in the Southern and Midwestern Bible-belt states which the CDC has found to have the higest rates of teen pregnancies and STD and HIV infections, (also the highest church attendance and Republican voter turnout -- does that mean that going to church and voting Republican will lead to unwanted pregnancy and veneral disease...hmmm)

The report noted that man of the programs blurred the line between religion and science, stating religous dogma as scientific fact. Many of the programs quoted the Bible, "A man must love his wife and the wife must respect her husband ", a further indication that the Christian Right's new "strengthening marriage" campaign is really about draging women back into Old Testament marriages where they get no respect.


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