Red Tide, Vol. 2, No. 6 [Issue #10]
[By Michael Letwin]
On Thursday, May 10th, the [California] State Board of Education refused to adopt a new textbook for the 7th and 8th grades entitled “Human Sexuality[,]” without “further deletions from the book.” Some of the topics that the Board did not want to be discussed were sadism, masochism, impotency, frigidity, incest, and other topics. The Board also ordered the deletion of such facts as “59% of all women will have experienced sexual intercourse prior to marriage” and “Masturbation is a normal sexual activity.”
Among the deletions before the Board were sections at the end of each chapter in the book which dealt with “Facts and fallacies” about sex. One said “Men and women loose their sex drive after the age of 50 (Fallacy)”. Another said[,] “If a culture approves of uninhibited sexual response, then people are freer in their enjoyment of sex (Fact).”
This type of action is typical of the people who run our schools. On the one hand, they complain about the number of unwanted pregnancies and abortions. [A]nd on the ether hand, they refuse to carry on truthful education about sex in the schools. This lack of information leads to misinformed students and leads people to think of sex as something that is taboo and horrible. It is no wonder that people in this society have the sex hang-ups and complexes that they do.
One member of the Board, in justifying the deletions[,] said that there must be a section on “spiritual values[,]” and sexual conduct as “part of our religious and moral system. Perhaps the member had forgotten that there is a theoretical separation between church and state in this country. But like so many other theories, it appears that this one is not true.
It has become apparent that we will not have decent sex education[,] as well as any decent education[,] until students control the materials and topics in school. And when this happens, people will no longer be ashamed of their bodies or of sex.
Source: L.A. Times, May 11th, 1973
[Historical Note: The Red Tide was a revolutionary high school underground newspaper and youth organization that existed from 1971-1981. See: http://theredtide.wordpress.com/]