High schoolers as young as 14 were given a card game that promoted defecating and urinating on one’s sexual partner
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A Canadian chapter of Planned Parenthood has been banned from presenting in Saskatchewan schools after its employees were caught providing material to minors that used cartoons to describe fringe sex acts, including those involving defecation, urine and semen.
“I believe, as Minister of Education — frankly, as a parent — it is completely inappropriate (for these materials) to be in a classroom,” Saskatchewan Education Minister Dustin Duncan said last week about his decision to ban Planned Parenthood from presenting in the province’s schools.
The ban stems from a June 19 incident at Lumsden High School, the main secondary school in Lumsden, a community of 1,800 located just north of Regina.
A Planned Parenthood coordinator had delivered a presentation to Grade 9 students that was billed as a standard course on sex education.
But one of the students — who were aged 14 to 15 — left the presentation with a complimentary deck of cards detailing extreme and even dangerous sex acts.
“Sex: From A-Z” is a deck of 26 cards with a sexual term (and accompanying cartoon) for every letter of the alphabet.
The cards are targeted toward young people as a “discussion tool” in workshops, with the instruction to “affirm” and be “sex positive” about every one of the sex acts depicted. “Do not make fun of any of the topics, including ones you personally do not enjoy,” it reads, providing a sample phrase on how to properly react to some of the cards: “A lot of people think that’s really hot!”
Among the less controversial terms are “wank,” a slang term for masturbation, and “love muscle,” a euphemism for penis.
But several of the cards detail sex acts involving domination and risky sex, as well as urine and fecal matter. “Snowballing” gets the “s” card. “Yellow and brown showers,” which describing urinating and defecating on a sex partner, are paired with the instruction to “keep them on the outside of your body.” The “f” card is for felching. The “I” card is “irrumatio,” an aggressive form of oral sex.
Also included is “raw sex,” where the under-18 users of the card game are told that although unprotected sex leaves them much more vulnerable to HIV, it’s nevertheless a matter of personal preference.
“If you do decide to go condomless, use lots of lube and get tested regularly for HIV and STIS,” it reads.
The cards are produced and distributed by CATIE (Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange) a Toronto-based non-profit funded almost entirely by government grants. CATIE is also the group behind the creation of a “safer snorting” guide that recently caused controversy in B.C. after it was similarly distributed to children by a public health nurse.
After a parent of the Lumsden High School student complained that their child had come home with the “Sex: From A-Z” card set, the high school wrote in an email to parents that the cards were not a core component of the presentation, but were on a table of “secondary resources” that students could access.
“Staff do preview resources, but one of the resources consisted of an A to Z sexual vocabulary which was not in the scope of the Grade 9 Health curriculum,” parents were told.
Planned Parenthood Regina’s Julian Wotherspoon would similarly tell Postmedia that the card set “had nothing to do with the presentation that we were doing, but it is a resource that we carry at Planned Parenthood.”
Regardless, last week the Saskatchewan government banned Planned Parenthood from any further classroom presentations until a review could be conducted into “all ministry documents as it relates to resources and curriculum related to health and wellness classes.”
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