In Tennessee, Holding Hands is a No-No

Steve Kinsman By Steve Kinsman, 21st Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In Tennessee, God forbid that kids be allowed to show affection for each other.

Sex education in Tennessee

The Republican-sponsored bill that introduces the teaching of creationism into Tennessee's public schools will become law ten days from today, on May 31, 2012. The law does not mandate its teaching, but it protects teachers who choose to include it in their curriculum from any repercussions. Moreover, the bill is written in such a way as to open the door to the teaching of climate change denial and other fantasies of the Christian right.

Not satisfied with pushing Tennessee back to the nineteenth century, the state legislature has now propelled Tennessee all the way back to the seventeenth century in passing, by a three to one margin, a bill that makes it mandatory for teachers of sex education to base their teaching on a strict abstinence only model. Teachers will not be allowed, under penalty of law and the threat of being sued, to demonstrate hand-holding or even talk about kissing. According to the law such behaviors are "gateway sexual activities."

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
21st Apr 2012 (#)

Ever looking out for the nutty law to critique. Kudos!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Peter.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
21st Apr 2012 (#)

I am getting too cynical and I will not say that maybe there is another reason for banning hand holding. Guess!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

Think so?

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author avatar rarity
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

This is probably because of too much sexual permissiveness in many places. Now they are trying to behave like our country. Until now, our lawmakers are still considering whether it is all right to incorporate sex education into the curriculum.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks for your interesting comments rarity. I appreciate it.

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author avatar Buzz
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

Very strange. It's really a backward step. Thanks, dear friend.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Buzz.

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author avatar chrysolite
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

Peter found the only word applicable - nutty! Just thinking, is it then a gateway to ... when two little girls are holding hands, or two little boys, or parents holding the hands of their kids? How will the people of Tennessee know in future what gateway to sexual activities is and which sort?????

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

Just be glad you don't live in Tennessee. Thanks for commenting, Chrysolite.

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author avatar chrysolite
23rd Apr 2012 (#)

Gosh! I sure AM glad not to live there! :(

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Apr 2012 (#)

Me too.

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
23rd Apr 2012 (#)

I cannot bear it any more. Why doesn’t everyone move out of Tennessee and let the politicians live by their own stupidity. UGH !

It took us nearly 15 years to get sex education right and drop STD's and pregnancy levels in teenagers. If they carry this out naivety will be rife in teenagers again and these figures will rise again ?!?!

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author avatar chrysolite
23rd Apr 2012 (#)

You are absolutely right, 1Faithmorgan! Sex education should start early and kids and teenagers should be told the full truth about the nice sides and the problems about sex, STD and unwanted pregnancies instead of continuously denying everything as if the subject didn't exist and leaving the kids to figure it out for themselves. They won't be able to and then there are problems.

But as long as parents are not even remotely able to talk to their kids about sex, relationships and pregnancy, what hope is there?

My wish is that parents simply stop lying to their kids and answer *all* their questions honestly!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Apr 2012 (#)

I totally agree with both of you. Many thanks for so intelligently commenting on this issue, 1Faithmorgan and chrysolite. I appreciate it.

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