Day 10: Sex Education and Inventing Human Rights

Day 10: Sex Education and Inventing Human Rights

By Joshua James

You may have not been heavily involved in the sex education conversation before. Up to a couple months ago, I wasn’t. But I’ve realized that now’s the time to be involved, because sex education is scary business.

The opposition is doing all it can to ensure people (including young people) have the opportunity to have sex without consequences. That’s really the battle these days.

The particular meeting I attended today was on the women’s condom. I actually picked up one of the free ones spread out on a table (hooray…okay I’m a little uncomfortable when I look at it).

These organizations are hoping the women’s condom will receive wide acceptance across the globe. By providing women’s condoms, women will be able to decide when sex is protected, not just men.

Call me old fashioned, but can’t the woman just abstain from sex if she doesn’t want a child? I’m aware of male dominance in some societies where the husband’s decision to have sex goes with consent or not. But shouldn’t the act of forced sex be punished, rather than having consequences removed?

The opposition’s thoughts are based in the concept that all people have the right to have sex when they want it, without the natural consequences (STDs, big belly (pregnancy) or a child). Sex without consequences is a right, they argue.

But here’s a question, how could anyone inherently have a right, if the right requires the use of a man made object? Are human rights being created as technology opens doors? Certainly humans did not have the right to sex without consequences back when there were no contraceptives or latex condoms.

Can we invent human rights like Edison invented light bulbs?

Towards the end of the conference, one of the presenters added to the loose understanding of rights when she said, “Women have the right to new technology.” She said this in reference to reproductive healthcare, but what a principle (think that one through). After I told my associates, Shellie (the other intern) happily said, “I like that, I have the right to Apple’s new iPad.”

We chuckled then looked at each other in amazement.

Neither of the “rights” proposed by the opposition are inalienable or self-evident, they are alienable and self-absorbed.

So unless you like your children being taught that sex without consequences is an inherent right, you should probably get involved in the sex ed debate.

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