In its third-quarter publication, Advocates for Youth aggressively promotes the idea that children are “sexual from birth,” a concept popularized by discredited sex researcher Alfred C. Kinsey.
The D.C.-based liberal pressure group, which lobbies for “safe sex” programs and teams up with homosexual activist groups to push for pro-homosexual materials in public schools, declares that, “we need to hold a broad definition of sexuality.” The definition, however, does not include marriage. That word is conspicuously absent from the report. Children are instead to be directed only toward “loving relationships” of indeterminate gender.
The cover article in Transitions, Vol. 15, No. 1, September 2002, “Raising Sexually Healthy Youth: Rights. Respect. Responsibility & Parent-Child Communication,” begins with this:
“From birth, children live in a sexual world, and the ways they are touched and treated send messages about their worth and about being loved.”
The author, Barbara Huberman, director of Education & Outreach for Advocates for Youth, writes, “Adolescents have rights to balanced, accurate and realistic sex education, confidential and affordable sexual health services, and a secure stake in the future.”
“Confidential means cutting parents out of the loop,” said Michael Schwartz, CWA’s vice president for government relations.
The “Rights. Respect. Responsibility” program is based, according to the Transitions article:
on lessons, learned in Western Europe, for raising sexually healthy young people through positive attitudes and actions. These lessons include: 1) recognizing that all people are sexual beings from birth to death; 2) using language that builds self-esteem and acknowledges the normalcy of sexuality; 3) acting in accord with expressed values, such as honesty, responsibility, and respect for others; 4) praising children, recognizing their talents and accomplishments, rather than dwelling on their mistakes and failures; 5) teaching youth to make independent decisions; and 6) initiating conversations about sexuality, intimacy, and relationships.
Europe Our Model?
“The European example is a joke,” said a congressional staff member familiar with Advocates’ 1998 European tour. “First, [Europeans] do not collect data on most STDs. Second, recent reports find HIV and other STDs on the rise in Europe. The real example of HIV prevention is Uganda, which has had real and dramatic success in reducing HIV by emphasizing abstinence and monogamy.”
The report repeatedly references children’s sexuality, a theme aggressively pursued by sex researcher Alfred Kinsey. Kinsey and his disciples, notably Mary Calderone of Planned Parenthood and Wardell Pomeroy, a Kinsey co-author of the male (1948) and female (1953) sex books, promoted the idea that children are sexual from birth, are capable of sexual pleasure, and therefore are entitled to sex at any age. Pomeroy also wrote approvingly of incest for Penthouse Forum magazine. Calderone and Pomeroy founded the Sex Information and Education Institute of the United States (SIECUS), now known as the Sexuality Information and Education Institute of the United States
In Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences by Dr. Judith Reisman (Crestwood, Kentucky: First Principles Press, 1998, 2000), Kinsey and his fellow child-sex advocates are revealed to have faked research, kept information from the police about at least one serial child molester, and even worked with a Nazi officer who molested dozens of children and sent the “data” to the Kinsey Institute. The British medical journal The Lancet reported that Dr. Reisman’s earlier book, Kinsey, Sex and Fraud, co-written by Edward W. Eichel, “demolishes” Kinsey’s credibility.
Nonetheless, the Kinseyan view of child sexuality continues to be promoted by SIECUS, Planned Parenthood, and clones such as Advocates for Youth. The Transitions September edition is chockfull of examples.
In the article “Parenting Is a Five-Piece Suit,” Deborah M. Roffman, a sexuality educator & consultant from the Park School of Baltimore, presents the Five Needs Paradigm (parentheses in original):
Affirmation: Children and adolescents need adults to recognize and validate their particular stage of (sexual) development. Information: Children and adolescents need factual knowledge and concepts (about sexuality), presented in ongoing and age-appropriate ways. Values Clarification: Children and adolescents need adults to share their values (about sexuality) and to clarify and interpret competing values and values systems (about sexuality) in the surrounding culture. Limit setting: Children and adolescents need adults to create a healthy and safe (sexual) environment by stating and reinforcing age-appropriate (sexual) rules and limits. Anticipatory Guidance: Children and adolescents need adults to help them learn how to avoid or handle potentially harmful (sexual) situations, and to prepare them for times when they will need to rely on themselves to make responsible and healthy (sexual) choices.
“The Five Needs Paradigm makes it clear that sexuality is simply another aspect of life and human development, not a ‘special’ topic that needs to be ‘kept from the kids’ until they’re older,” Roffman writes.
“Sexuality is different in one important way. As parents, we are typically less knowledgeable about the stages of healthy sexual development (from infancy on); less comfortable with sexual facts; less clear about the values we want to pass on.”
“The takeaway message here is that kids, from infancy on, are sexual, and deserve more information, and that parents are woefully ignorant,” said Peter LaBarbera, senior policy analyst at the Culture and Family Institute. “This sets up a ‘need’ to bring facilitators into schools. The next thing you know, groups like the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network are setting up shop, ‘educating’ kids as to the joys of homosexuality and how Christians are bigots and haters.”
Advocates for Youth is the latest incarnation of a spin-off group from Planned Parenthood that began under the name Center for Population Options in the late 1970s. The group’s mission was to start the school-based clinic movement. Lately, it has been attacking President Bush’s proposal to increase federal funding for abstinence programs to $130 million.
“This is the group that is spearheading the anti-abstinence effort,” said CWA’s Schwartz. “Advocates for Youth knows that if there is an outbreak of abstinence, a lot of people will lose their jobs.”
More Sex Talk for Kids
The essay “Sex and Sensibility: A Parent’s Take on Advice from an Expert,” by “a Parent, Sidwell Friends Middle School, Washington, D.C., lists “vital elements” learned from a visit by Advocates for Youth’s Deborah Roffman:
We are all sexual beings, from birth to death. Young people get too little sex education, guidance too late, and harmful misinformation. They hear myths and double standards. We have to speak up about the double standard for girls and do a better job of recognizing that boys are vulnerable, too, and have the same need for intimacy and closeness as girls.
The essay “Tips for Talking with Sexually Active Teens about Contraception,” by Tamara Moss, MPH, manager contraceptive access initiative, and Barbara Huberman, urges parents to “Be sure that your teen has information about contraception and condoms, regardless of sexual orientation. Gay and lesbian teens sometimes have sexual intercourse with members of the opposite gender in order to hide their sexual orientation.”
The authors recommend that parents acquaint teens with all types of contraceptives, including “emergency contraception,” a euphemism for the “morning after pill,” a high dose of birth control bills. Nowhere are any of the well-documented medical risks for birth control pills mentioned. The essay references sexually transmitted infections (STIs) but avoids any mention of Human Papillomavirus (HPV), against which condoms are entirely ineffective. HPV causes virtually all cases of cervical cancer, which kills 5,000 women annually in the United States. But Advocates for Youth promotes condoms without any caveat that they are ineffective against HPV and substantially ineffective against chlamydia, herpes and other diseases.
In the section “Selected Resources for Families,” Advocates recommends the Web site for SIECUS, which has been promoting “child sexuality” since its founding in the 1970s.
The list of organizations “with Educational Resources for Parents,” is a who’s who of liberal and pro-homosexual groups, along with “mainstream” groups such as the American Medical Association.
Likewise, the book list includes several titles on homosexuality, such as “Lesbian and Gay Youth: Care and Counseling”; “Two Teenagers in Twenty: Writings by Gay & Lesbian Youth”; and “Out With It: Gay and Straight Teens Write About Homosexuality.” Teens are directed to the Go Ask Alice! Web site, which openly promotes promiscuity and homosexuality; Teenwire, a Planned Parenthood site which promotes condoms and homosexuality; and OutProud, described as “offering outreach and support to GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, bisexual and transgendered) teens just coming to terms with their sexual orientation or thinking of coming out.” (Emphasis added.)