It is difficult to imagine half-a-million tax dollars being spent on a four-part video series that graphically attempts to alert kids of the dangers of "raw-dogging" (a.k.a. unprotected sex), yet that is precisely what the New York Department of Health has done with its new video campaign titled "More Than Just Sex."
According to Fox News, the video web series was created by the department through the non-profit Community Health Network (CHN), which has received more than $500,000 towards the initiative.
Fox News reports:
“More Than Just Sex” is a four-part video web series created by the Dept. of Health through the non-profit Community Health Network. The agency received more than $500,000 to teach high school-aged students about the dangers of unprotected sex.
The graphic videos feature young actors talking about sex while using street lingo – including words like “raw dogging” – having sex without wearing a condom.
Now, New York lawmaker State Sen. Martin Golden -- who alleges the videos portray unprotected sex as “so good, so juicy”-- is up in arms.
“This video is raunchy,” Golden told Fox. “It’s wrong, it’s shameful and they shouldn’t be doing it.”
“A half million dollars – that’s what this video cost us,” he said. “No wonder we’re spending so much in education. We’re spending it inappropriately.”
As a result, Golden is now demanding that state health workers remove the taxpayer-funded video aimed that uses graphic sex lingo aimed at teenagers reportedly as young as 13-years-old.
But a department of health official defended the "More Than Just Sex" series to the New York Daily News, saying the content is not “obscene” or “x-rated.”
The videos feature young actors using slang to talk about unprotected sex -- or, "raw-dogging" -- and the graphic physical and social conditions that can arise from the practice:
Fox adds that Michelle Perlman, a spokesperson for the CHN, claims the group wanted the videos to be realistic:
“We wanted to have an impact, that was going to be quick and easy,” she told the Daily News. “We want people to be like ‘whoa’.”
According to Golden – their mission was accomplished.
“I have a 13-year-old son and I definitely don’t want my son to see this racy video,” he said. “My staff looked at it and they didn’t want their children to see it. My community is outraged.” [...]
“Somebody asked me if I saw the other three videos, but after seeing the first one I didn’t want to look at the others,” he said. “If you watch this, you will be alarmed.”
“We’re spending a ton of money on education and we are 39th in graduation rates,” Golden adds. ‘We should be teaching reading, writing, mathematics and science.”