The American Academy of Pediatrics has had a busy week. First they issued their first ever recommendations for how to deal with violence in the media. Now they’re tackling sex education (what’s next guys? Drugs and/or rock ‘n roll?). On Monday the AAP released a controversial report telling medical professionals to talk to adolescents about doin’ it (but with proper, anatomical terminology), because neither you, nor their gym teachers are apparently getting the job done.
The lead author, Dr. Cora Breuner, describes the regulations as “the mothership telling pediatricians that talking about sex is part of your charge to keep children and adolescents safe.” While her choice of words is a little, um probing, you should appreciate all the help you can get when it comes to your kids’ safety. The report calls for doctors to talk about contraception and the benefits of delaying sexual activity, in addition to more complex topics such as sexual orientation, consent, and gender identity with school aged children. Man, you really have to earn that lollipop these days.
Abstinence only critics argued that this is an overstep for medical professionals and it encourages adolescents to have sex. Yes, either that, or their pubescent hormones. Regardless of where you fall on the issue, the subject of your child hypothetically having sex is an emotional minefield. Although, when you consider that more than half of teens don’t know how to use a condom, listening to a doctor talk about penis and vagina may be preferable to raising a kid and a grandkid.