Parent: Gender Lesson “Borders on Pornographic”

Marriage-Alliance-Gender-Lesson_.jpgChildren are being forced to analyse fictional sexual situations in class, says a parent in NSW’s northern beaches. A pupil at Northern Beaches Secondary College felt “violated” after being asked to categorise the sexual behaviours of fictional middle-aged characters in imagined scenarios.

As the Daily Telegraph reported:

The girls were asked to categorise a number of examples of sexual behaviours of middle-aged fictional characters, including “Joseph”, a middle-aged married man who fantasises only about men but talks

negatively about homosexuals, although he is attracted to other males.

Another involves a promiscuous heterosexual woman, “Zarita”, who has multiple sexual partners during her 16-year marriage.

And “Philip” was a further example — he started having sex with adult men as an adolescent. 

The material is part of a teaching resource provided by the NSW Department of Education, and was brought to the attention of the school’s principal. Although she was reluctant to comment, the principal said she would “modify the case studies for future lessons”. 

“Adult behaviours such as those described, should not be relevant to the lives of these underage girls,” said Ali High, a Manly mother of four. “It borders on the pornographic.”

Mrs High also shared that a friend’s daughter – who is in year 10 – said she felt “shocked” and “violated” by the materials, which are thought to be based on Safe Schools material. She and her husband both voiced concerns over how men and women were being portrayed in the materials:

[H]er daughter was in the younger years at the school, but she would not want her first idea of sex to come from these examples and her husband was concerned about how middle-aged men, like himself, were being portrayed.

Mrs High said she was also saddened they had used an example of a married woman as having “many” sexual partners. She said she supported the idea behind the Safe Schools program, which advocates creating safe, non-bullying spaces, but said this material was not relevant.

This episode is further evidence that gender programmes such as Safe Schools are not about preventing bullying – instead, they promote sexual experimentation as normative, which many parents would not be comfortable with their children learning.

NSW premier Mike Baird has been reportedly considering a change to the Safe Schools programme that would allow parents to “opt in” if they choose. At present, Safe Schools materials can be taught in any subject without informing parents.

For more information on Safe Schools, check out our Safe Schools Information Kit.

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