Monday, March 3, 2014

Who knew Planned Parenthood were so kinky...

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I'm always glad when I hear about government funds being used for sex education, it's such an important thing for young people to learn about, but I have to admit that I was a teeny be surprised when I found out that the government is now funding educational videos to teach teenagers all about the joys of safe, sane and consensual BDSM [link].

Oh Planned Parenthood, you kinky buggers.

Okay, maybe that's a bit misleading.  It's not like the government specifically gave Planned Parenthood a bunch of money with the instructions "Why don't you go and make some videos about whips and chains and spanking and all that stuff that the young people are into these days".  It's just that Planned Parenthood is funded by the government, and they just happened to make a video that they posted online.  So some people are getting a tad worked up about it.

You know, in the "gather the torches and pitchforks and let's burn the heretics" kind of way.

Given that this is a rather delicate topic, and we're talking about impressionable youth here, there has naturally been a lot of concern about it.  How dare Planned Parenthood teach kids about how to have enjoyable, consensual, well informed, kinky sex!  Surely we should be pushing the good old "If you have sex before you're married then you'll get pregnant and die, even the boys!" method of sex education.  After all, it's worked so well for us in the past.

That was sarcasm, in case I wasn't completely clear.

Personally, I think that they're being a bit naive.  Do they honestly think that the average 16 year old doesn't already know more about this stuff than they ever will?  Anyone who's spent more than five minutes on Tumblr ... the natural habitat of the teenager ... will be aware of just how much kids know about naughty rumpty pumpty kinky stuff.

Seriously, it's full of things like that.  Pictures, stories, essays, all from teenagers who are both fascinated by and well educated about the details of BDSM.  I'm sure that most them could put a Dominatrix with 20 years experience to shame if they put their minds to it.

And they don't just know about the mechanics of it, they're also terrifyingly well versed in the psychological aspects.  Planned Parenthood might say "It's all about building trust", but your average 16 year old could probably write a 200 page thesis on the topic, along with examples, comparisons, diagrams, and a rather captivating fanfiction story using Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as the main characters.

So if you're worried that Planned Parenthood is somehow going to corrupt the youth of today with their incredibly benign video, you really shouldn't.  That ship sailed a long time ago.

22 comments:

  1. Or Thor and Loki. There's some hot stuff out there about those two!

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  2. Well if PP is funded by the Government, I certainly hope they don't advocate yelling out "Oh God" during sexual activities.

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  3. Oh so funny, Kellie! And I think you are absolutely right about their level of knowledge! Have a good one!

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  4. After watching the video I don't have a problem with the content. More about educating the viewer on the basics but I do have some concerns with the overall topic.

    1. I find it disturbing that CNSnews tried to talk to 11 legislators, only one could be reached. If people have a concern, whether their Congress person feels it's legitimate or not, don't our representatives feel the need to at least acknowledge it.

    2. Having been a mother of teens, I am sure you're right that kids already have a working knowledge of what constitutes kinky sex and I don't see the harm in anything that was said in the video. On the other hand, there will be some kids that take that video and twist it's content into an endorsement to try some new things. Teens often take point A and instead of going to point B...run like hell to point Z.

    3. I think there is such a fine line between informing, educating and promoting when using a young, cool (appearing) person talking about sex using words like fun and enjoyable. I think PP needs to tread cautiously in how they handle educating horny kids that still think with their hormones.

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  5. Where was this cirriculum when I was a kid? Hehe!

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  6. No way, this is incredibly important. Kids THINK they know things based upon the porn that's available, but since when was porn anywhere near reality? It would be like learning how to be a normal teenager from reading Spider-Man comics. Sure, they learn that with great power comes great blah blah blah, but they don't know how to not die from swinging building to building.
    That metaphor works...right? I don't know, I learned metaphors from Michael Bay movies.

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    1. "Non-porn Sexual Education by Pickleope Von Pickleope: No Super Powers Required"... Now that's a video I'd watch. But on a serious note.... I think you're. But what kind of swinging did you have in mind?

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  7. that fanfiction...can I...uh...is it real?

    But seriously I am agreeing with you, if those people would spend a bit of time on the internet they would be shocked to learn what teenagers already know about sex and all its flavours.

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    1. People are so easily shocked these days.

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  8. As a girl in college, PP was a godsend for bc pills and such... but kids will see far worse on pornhub, so hey, go all out on ads.

    It's not the easiest thing to get into a PP clinic, you need id, get passed security... the whole thing. So, since they take security of patients and sexual health so seriously, I think they are doing a great of good by making ads that address all forms of sex. America can be way too naive about what kind of sex people have, thus making it hard to talk about.

    Good one. I love your woven humor/real topics

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  9. What Debra said in the first comment! Lol. And i can imagine the upset this would cause in some of the (idiotically) Puritanical parts of the US. Lol again.

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  10. What Debra and Cheryl said.

    Hell on Tumblr they probably have a foursome with Thor, Loki, Cumberbatch and Freeman... If you dig deep enough, you can find anything.

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  11. I probably could have taught planned parenthood a thing or two.

    Hugs!

    Valerie

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  12. Wait. Are you saying there's naughty stuff on TUMBLR? Excuse me a moment. . . .

    **Creates Tumblr account**

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  13. I have a 17 year old living in my house and I can tell you that I snoop. Hey! It's my house! Anyway, I see texts (alright, sexts), find notes and have run across a few other items that lead me to believe that yes, they know a lot more than we think they do.

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  14. It's all good (consensual) fun & games, until...

    "safe word"

    !!

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  15. Surely this is a site well worth seeing.

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  16. One of the problems is that the kids think they know everything by just looking at the pictures. There are many dangers in those areas if they don't do their research properly

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  17. Hi Kellie,
    I'm missing your posts and your wit. I hope all is well in your world.
    Just letting you know you are being thought of and missed.
    Rose

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  18. Kids today do know more than I knew in the 1970s, but they also "think" they know and they do not. Make sense? No?

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