What do you think? Should sex education be taught in elementary school?

As many of you  know I am Canadian. Today as I sat watching the news at noon on CTV they asked a question. That question was “do you think sex education should be started in elementary school?”

It has been a controversial question here in Ontario for some time now, but to me sex education is a necessity especially given the fact that the onset of puberty seems to come earlier in every generation. Some of you say it is a parent’s job and should not be taught in schools at all, I say those people are not being realistic. Let’s face it, most parents do not want to talk to their children about sex any more than their kids want to hear the embarrassing details from their parents. However it is a subject we must broach with our children if we hope to prevent unwanted pregnancy and disease.

If we allow our children to learn the facts of life from their peers we are going to have a lot of erroneous information floating around. It is already out there! For example did you know that about 47% of all kids in North America don’t think of oral sex as sex at all? They also look at oral sex as the “safe” way to fool around and not get pregnant. Half of them do not realize that STD’s are transmitted through oral sex as well as intercourse, a scary thought.

Really when you think about it if society as a whole took a more liberal approach to the discussion of sex in general our children would be better informed. By turning natural human sexuality into a taboo subject we have created most of societies sexual problems ourselves.

Like the parent who says that sex ed should be taught at home and not in school, many parents have a problem with sex education being taught in elementary schools. They say their children are too young to discuss sex, that if sex ed must be taught it should be taught only in high school. This makes no sense to me whatsoever. Think about the age of a child when they start to ask where babies come from? 5 maybe 6 years old? So we teach them that the baby grows inside the Mommy until it is ready to come out and be a part of the world. That simple act of explaining that babies come from Mommy’s is sexual education, but most people fail to understand that.

We need to stop acting as if there is something WRONG with sexual intimacy, after all it is a natural function. It is what ensures the human race goes on. We make it a taboo, something only done in secret, something to be ashamed of, and that is part of the problem. Attach a stigma to anything and automatically our kids should be shielded from it. Then when they grow up we are too shy to tell them about this “taboo” thing so they learn from the wrong sources.

Children should be taught sexual education (no one is saying that they should be told how to HAVE sex) in elementary school, which is when most children begin to go through puberty these days. Waiting until AFTER they have gone through puberty doesn’t make sense to me.

What do you think?

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FORD NATION: a community of illiterate idiots supporting a family of blowhards.

He’s brash, he’s ignorant, he’s bigoted, and he might even be racist. Who am I talking about? Toronto Mayoral candidate Doug Ford of course, although it probably wasn’t clear from my opening line considering one Ford seems pretty much exchangeable for the other these days.

Rob Ford, diagnosed with cancer during his bid for re-election as Toronto’s mayor, has been replaced by his brother Doug Ford in the running. That hasn’t stopped Rob from drawing attention to himself as usual. He can still be seen running around the city stopping for a photo op with every barmaid in a short skirt he can find despite the fact that he is supposed to be going through chemo for his recently diagnosed cancer.

But enough about the Ford brothers and their ridiculous bid for the mayor’s office. What I want to talk to you about today is that large grouping of mentally unstable people that seem to be supporting the Ford brothers despite everything that has transpired in the past year or so. Yep, that’s right ladies and gentlemen I am referring to FORD NATION.

Ford Nation…that group of diehards who somehow magically think the Ford brothers are the answer to all their prayers. These people are not playing with a full deck and here’s why:

1) Despite the fact that he has received such bad press and the whole city is watching his every move, Ford is still seen drunk at city hall after hours several times. (often in the company of a drunken young woman or two) Ford is a married man so this type of behavior in public is unacceptable to most of his constituents. FORD NATION decides to ignore this behavior.

2) The Rob Ford scandal (crack smoking video) breaks and Ford makes the career choice to go to rehab. Okay, smart move if you are really saying you have a problem and want the general public to give you a second chance. Except, in the middle of his rehab stint, Ford was seen “celebrating” his birthday at a bar local to the rehab facility. WTF? Why would someone in treatment for drug/alcohol problems go to a bar while in rehab? Why were they even let out of the facility to do so?  FORD NATION decides “everyone makes mistakes” and continues to support Rob Ford.

3) Despite scandal after scandal Rob Ford refuses to step down even after he has lost the support of city council and has been stripped of his power to make mayoral decisions for the city of Toronto. FORD NATION decides everyone is picking on Ford and trying to destroy him.

4) Rob Ford makes sexist comments while on national television and the eyes of the world are turned to the big joke in Toronto. FORD NATION overlooks Rob Ford’s antics with the press.

5) Ford is diagnosed with cancer, and we are told he must have chemotherapy. After his first round Ford is seen seeking photo ops with scantily clad barmaids when he should be home convalescing. FORD NATION thinks this is perfectly normal and condemns anyone who speaks out about it saying they have no right to persecute a cancer patient.

Are you seeing the pattern here? Members of FORD NATION have their heads stuck so far up their asses they can’t see the forest for the trees. It is perfectly acceptable for an ordinary citizen to make mistake after mistake with their life, however when that citizen is the mayor of Toronto there is NOTHING acceptable about this type of behavior. Just try telling that to the diehards of FORD NATION, those people who are gullible enough to believe every single word that comes out of the mouth of a Ford brother. Good luck to you!

In order to change the minds of the idiots of FORD NATION one would have to lobotomize the lot of them. These people are obviously illiterate idiots that haven’t a clue what a moral compass is let alone how to use one. Is Toronto doomed? Nah I don’t think so. Thankfully there are enough voters in the city that aren’t FORD NATION zombies, so things should be okay. Once another of the candidates has been sworn into office perhaps the Ford’s and their nation of illiterates will finally realize they are not political candidate material and ride of into the sunset with their proverbial tail between their legs. Until the election, I have my fingers crossed!

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

So I got into yet another twitter argument the other day.  That in itself isn’t new, it happens all the time, but what was new was the fact that the person I was arguing with arrogantly assumed that I was of inferior intelligence to them simply because I did not agree with his views on the subject at hand. The subject content doesn’t really matter, in fact it could have been any subject the effect is still the same.

When you put yourself out there on social media, you have to expect that you will get some feedback that you don’t like. There are a lot of haters out there and most of them aren’t too fond of anyone with an informed opinion. Especially if that informed opinion clashes with what they themselves believe. Some people are just incapable of agreeing to disagree.

You see I can agree to disagree, I do it all the time. It is the adult way to handle conflict. I am not so arrogant about my intelligence that I see my way as the only way. The problem is that many people do think that their way is the only way, and they will personally attack you just to try to prove themselves right.

Thing is that these people betray their level of intelligence by taking this approach. Those who can not win an argument by using fact, are very quick to attack when backed into a corner they can’t talk themselves out of. They will call you stupid, insult your looks, and sometimes even extend their personal attack on you to include friends and family. They are childish, vindictive, and full of ego.

As active as I am in animal advocacy I have come up against these types more than I would like to admit. They usually don’t get very far with me as I refuse to be baited into returning their personal attacks, but every once in a while one of them will get through my defenses, and when that happens I let them have it with both barrels.

That’s when a funny thing happens, these people start to complain that you have no right to personally attack them. WTF? How does this even make sense? If you personally attack me because you don’t agree with my opinion, and you keep pushing my buttons do you honestly think that eventually you are not going to have your own behavior thrown back at you? Of course you are, and what’s more, you have proven that you do not have the intelligence to understand that you brought it on yourself.

You can disagree with me, I don’t really care what you believe, I am not your keeper. Your refusal to look at the facts and come to a reasonably based conclusion is your problem not mine. However, when you attack me personally because you have no facts to back up your hairbrained theories you are announcing that you are incapable of understanding that your position on the subject does not have to be everyone’s position.