In a move almost too shocking to comprehend, kindergarten children in Basel, Switzerland will be presented this year with fabric models of human genitalia in a “sex box” to teach them that “contacting body parts can be pleasurable.”
Pictures of the sex box were too graphic to include, but can be viewed here.
To make matters worse, the kit is intended to be given out to the primary school students by teachers during sex-education classes. That's right. Sex education classes for kindergartners.
And, if that were not bad enough, the sex box allegedly uses models and recommends children massage each other or rub themselves with warm sand bags, accompanied by soft music.
What's more, Basel education minister Christoph Eymann, from the liberal democrat party, opposed parents' requests to exempt their children from the lessons, saying the government uses schools in order to have unrestricted access to children.
“Primary school may be the only big audience that our society has,” Eymann said. “The shared values that it teaches are very important. I would definitely like to keep this. The explanatory lesson can be portrayed in a way that doesn’t offend.”
“Children should be encouraged to develop and experience their sexuality in a pleasurable way,” Daniel Schneider, a deputy kindergarten rector for Basel who helped develop the sex ed curriculum along with experts, had said earlier this year.
He added, “It’s important that they learn to say no if they don’t want to be touched in a certain area.”
Education officials who have reportedly been flooded with over 3000 complaints from outraged parents have agreed to change the program’s name, but will do nothing to stop the materials from being distributed in schools, according to The Local.
Christoph Eymann, Basel education minister and member of the liberal democrat party (LDP), told the paper SonntagsBlick, “It was no doubt stupid to call it a ‘sex box’ – we will change that.
As if a sex box by any other name would somehow be less egregious. Eymann continued:
“But we will stick to our goal: to get across to children that sexuality is something natural. Without forcing anything upon them or taking anything away from their parents.”
Eymann said he understood that one line in the program, “touching can be enjoyed heartily,” could be misconstrued, but added, “It is not about ‘touch me, feel me.’
“We want to tell the children that there is contact that they may find pleasurable, but some that they should say ‘no’ to. Kids can unfortunately can become victims of sexual violence already at playschool age.”
Eymann, who said children should ideally be taught about sex at home thinks school officials are addressing the problem of an “oversexualised society” in which pornography is available to children via the internet.
Meanwhile, pro-family advocates in Europe have expressed outrage at the prospect of presenting five year-old children with the sex box.
Daniel Trappitsch of the Citizens for Citizens association labeled the idea a “catastrophic development.” “Sex education, sure, but it shouldn't been done this early and it certainly shouldn't be obligatory,” he said.
Trappitsch's group claims they will fight the program.
It should be noted that the "sex box" program, for as far-fetched as it sounds, could soon be en route to the U.S. -- especially given the recent statement made my Health and Human Services that asserts even infants and toddlers are "sexual beings," while members of the psychiatric community simultaneously call for the decriminalization of pedophilia.