Have your kids mentioned how empty their classes are this week? Or are you on the other side of the fence and working from home because you opted to pull your kids out of school to protest the new Ontario Sex Ed Curriculum? Either way, you’re probably sick of talking about it. Sick of trying to make your point understood. Well, I like to have the last word and I just have a little something to say.
I think my anger on the whole topic stems from one word. Choice.
The thing I’m confused about is, if parents have the choice to not have their kids attend sex-ed classes, then what is the issue? Why are they trying to make the program unavailable to my kid when it doesn’t need to effect their own?
This is exactly the same way I feel about two other big social issues. Abortion and same sex marriage. No one is forcing anyone to partake in any of these. But if you want to, why shouldn’t you have the choice? What right do you have to tell people not to do something, when it has zero effect on you?
Look, if legalizing same-sex marriage meant that you were going to be forced to marry someone you didn’t want to? I’ll stand on the street and picket with you. If legalizing abortion meant that every 17 year-old girl who got pregnant would be forced to have one? Okay, I’ll join in the protest. Obviously this isn’t the case. And when I see a 70 year-old man out protesting abortion, when it was never and will never be a choice he is forced to make, this enrages me. When I see a heterosexual woman trying to rally the government to block same-sex marriages from happening, I shake my head. How does this affect you in any way? Why do you care?
I find the whole sex education backlash to be along the same lines. You don’t like it? It doesn’t go along with how you want to raise your kids? I respect that. So take your kids out of school when it’s being taught. But do not think you can protest to have my choice taken away and expect me to be quiet about it. Because I won’t.
None of us should be.