CNN debuts graphic sex ed documentary — this is what you need to know about it

CNN debuts graphic sex ed documentary — this is what you need to know about it
CNN debuts a digital special, "This is Sex with Lisa Ling," which addresses sex education in schools. The documentary featured one segment that contained graphic depictions of the type of sex education being taught in some American schools. (Getty Images)

CNN on Monday debuted Lisa Ling’s latest digital video documentary titled, “This is Sex with Lisa Ling.”

“Do you think that most parents know that you talk about things like cunnilingus?” Ling asked Ms. Jenkins, a teacher at James Monroe High School in Los Angeles, who was featured in the documentary.

Jenkins simply answered, “Probably not.”

What did the documentary cover?

The documentary featured one segment that contained graphic depictions of the type of sex education being taught in some American schools.

Education on anal and oral sex, as well as transgender transitioning, are covered heavily in the documentary.

Other sex education-related topics being taught in Jenkins’ classroom include the promotion of anal sex in homosexual relationships, and demonstrations of how to put condoms on models of male genitalia.

Ling specified that Jenkins’ teachings, according to California law, are required to be “medically accurate,” and “cannot promote religion.”

Ling also revealed James Monroe High School also offers clinics for free contraception, as well as the “Morning After” pill.

Some statistics

According to the latest news release from the Centers for Disease Control, sexually transmitted diseases in America is on an alarming rise.

A news release from the CDC specifies that STDs are at an “unprecedented high in the U.S.,” and added that the increase ranged anywhere from 6 to 19 percent, depending on the STD in question since 2014.

The CDC also reported that “[y]oung people (aged 13-24) accounted for an estimated 22% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States in 2015.”

“Nearly 230,000 babies were born to teen girls aged 15–19 years in 2015,” the report said.

The CDC currently recommends that all people between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested for HIV as part of “routine medical care.”

However, the CDC did note that “[a]bstinence from vaginal, anal, and oral intercourse is the only 100% effective way to prevent HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy. The correct and consistent use of male latex condoms can reduce the risk of STD transmission, including HIV infection. However, no protective method is 100% effective, and condom use cannot guarantee absolute protection against any STD or pregnancy.”

This writer’s perspective

It would simply not be reality to think that certain groups of young people are not engaging in sexual relations.

That being said, an extremely liberal approach to sexual education in high schools — as well as that in elementary and middle schools — hardly seems fair to children and adolescents who were raised to believe that abstinence is their preferred method of preventing unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

Whether it’s religion-based, moral-based, or simply out of choice, parents and children should absolutely be involved in the educational system’s conversation as to the degree at which sexual education is taught.

While teaching basic facts about sex may be less offensive to certain groups, because after all, sex is a part of life, it hardly seems fair that some students who would rather not be subjected to discussions about oral sex, the proper way to put on a condom, or how to find a “g-spot” are.

Kids have enough peer pressure in school over various issues, and sex is absolutely one of them. One could argue that pushing a graphic sexual agenda in the name of education — no matter how sanitized — could prompt students on the fence about sexuality to engage in complicated sexual behaviors because the topic is being so normalized.

In summary, a fine balance should be struck when it comes to the approach of sex ed — normalizing teen sex is not equal to educating teens about sex.

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