I don’t know where to get started with this ad. First of all, it’s encouraging parents to assume that just because they’re uncomfortable talking about basic human anatomy, their kids aren’t “ready” to hear about sex. And even if you can bring yourself to mutter the s-word aloud in the presence of children, don’t worry – you can give them little enough information that they’ll just intuit everything they need. Because after all, isn’t that how we learn – by osmosis? Talking about stuff is so passe.
The one thing those kids are going to absorb quickly is that this is a topic riddled with shame, and they’ll be even less comfortable talking to their parents if they do decide to have sex. The Health and Human Services website designed to help parents talk to their children about sex has some gems in it too. Apparently, sexually active teenage girls (but not boys) should be screened for depression (because we all know that oxytocin can kick in at any stage of life). There was also this shockingly offensive tidbit: “Children do better in homes headed by a married mother and father.”
Needless to say, I am very disappointed in this move by the Obama administration. I thought we had left this regressive behavior behind when Bush left the White House. Or maybe I’m wrong, and we’d all be better off if we just didn’t talk about “the parts.”