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May 14, 2012

Tennessee Governor Passes Controversial ‘Gateway Sexual Behavior’ Law in Schools – ABC News

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 13:47

Tennessee Governor Passes Controversial ‘Gateway Sexual Behavior’ Law in Schools – ABC News.

Tennessee Sex Ed Bans Mention of “Gateway Sexual Behavior”

PHOTO: If marijuana is the gateway drug, are kissing and handholding the gateway to sexual activity?

 

If marijuana is the gateway drug, are kissing and handholding the gateway to sexual activity?

That’s currently up for debate, now that Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslamhas signed into law the controversial bill that would ban teachers from discussing any so-called gateway sexual activity like genital touching in sex education courses, as reported on Friday by the Nashville Tennessean.

Sex education in Tennessee schools already takes a stance emphasizing abstinence, but the newly signed HB 3621/SB 3310 will now require sex ed to “exclusively and emphatically promote sexual risk avoidance through abstinence, regardless of a student’s current of prior sexual experience.”

What’s more, educators are prohibited from discussing non-coital sexual activity such as genital touching as an alternative to sex, which legislators have designated as the offending “gateway” sexual behavior. Outside instructors or organizations who do discuss gateway sexual behavior in a sex ed class can be fined $500, according to the law.

The bill was passed by the House last month with 68 votes for it and 23 against it, after easily clearing the Senate at 29 votes to one.

Supporters of the bill, such as the pro-marriage organization Family Action Council of Tennessee, say it offers a much-needed clarification of the moral and societal consequences of sex outside of marriage, and that previous sex ed programs allowed the promotion of certain kinds of sexual behavior such as oral sex as alternatives to sexual intercourse.

“Everybody in this room knows what gateway sexual activity is,” said state Rep. John DeBerry, D-Memphis, inhis testimony to the Tennessee House of Representatives. “Everybody knows there are certain buttons when you push them, certain switches when you turn them on, there’s no stopping, especially for undisciplined, untrained, untaught and unraised children who just want to feel affection from somebody or anybody.”

But detractors say that the definition of gateway sexual behavior are vague enough that teachers’ hands are tied even when it comes to discussing more innocent behavior like kissing or hand-holding.

The Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region said in a statement that “Tennessee students need more information about puberty, their own bodies and proven methods that prevent pregnancy and the spread of disease. Denying them this prevention information in order to exclusively promote abstinence until marriage does our students a serious disservice.”

Haslam’s office did not immediately return calls requesting comment.

Family Action Council President David Fowler, who drafted helped draft the bill, told the website PolitiFact.com that the definition of “gateway sexual activity” is akin to the definition of “sexual contact” according to the state’s criminal law, which refers to the “intentional touching” of “the primary genital area, groin, inner thigh, buttock or breast of a human being.”

Kissing and handholding are notably absent from the criminal definition of sexual contact.

Tennessee’s debate over gateway sexual behavior spurred a firestorm of debate and sometimes ridicule.

Steven Colbert poked fun at the legislation on his show “The Colbert Report,” saying that “kissing and hugging are just the last stop before the train pulls into Groin Central Station. We desperately need to intervene earlier keep kids from engaging in … all the things that lead to the things that lead to sex.”

‘The Inbetweeners’ Sex Comedy Boosts U.K. Broadcaster Channel 4’s Revenues – The Hollywood Reporter

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‘The Inbetweeners’ Sex Comedy Boosts U.K. Broadcaster Channel 4’s Revenues – The Hollywood Reporter.

RNC Chair Reince Priebus Says Gay Marriage Not a Civil Rights Issue: VIDEO

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RNC Chair Reince Priebus told David Gregory on Meet the Press yesterday how he felt Obama’s gay marriage endorsement would affect the election:

I’m not sure if it’s going to be a defining issue, but clearly for people in America – where gay marriage is their number one issue, we clearly have two candidates with two different views. On one hand, you’ve got Barack Obama who is now, I guess, going to promote and perhaps crusade for this issue. And you have Mitt Romney who’s been consistent and I think in line with most Americans – which is that marriage ought to be defined between one man and one woman. So, for those people that this is their issue, they have a clear choice.

Asked if he believes it’s a civil rights issue:

“I don’t think it’s a matter of civil rights. I think it’s just a matter of whether or not we’re going to adhere to something that’s been historical and religious and legal in this country for many, many years. I mean, marriage has to have a definition. And we just happen to believe it’s between a man and a woman,” Priebus said NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

“I think there’s a big difference between people that have been murdered and everything that has come with Jim Crow than marriage between a man and a man and a woman and a woman,” he said.

Priebus also said he’d like to see a federal marriage amendment:

“People in this country, no matter straight or gay, deserve dignity and respect. However, that doesn’t mean it carries on to marriage.”

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2012/05/priebus.html#ixzz1urmwnoWE

Yes.. Exactly

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BBC News – Germany united by nudity, divided by attitude

Filed under: News, opinion — Scottie @ 08:03

BBC News – Germany united by nudity, divided by attitude.

Germany united by nudity, divided by attitude

Nudist beach in Ahlbeck

Citizens of the former West and East Germany share many well-established customs, including naturism. But does a relaxed attitude to naked bodies mask some division over the freedom of women?

Sex in Germany, I imagine, is much the same as sex everywhere else.

It was, as we know, invented in the 60s, probably in California, and since then the techniques involved are probably pretty universal.

But attitudes to sex and sexuality and nakedness are not. And in Germany, I have to tell you that I have been surprised.

Not least when I was in the changing room of the gym to which I go.

There I was, naked from the waist down – very naked – wrestling to get a T-shirt off my head, and the T-shirt was wrestling back.

When I finally pulled the thing off, there before me was a woman – a pretty woman – in her 20s pushing her broom at my feet.

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This very real vision was the female cleaner in the male changing-room. Our eyes met. I blushed. She pushed on blithely, unconcerned.

Or when I went into the local sauna bath, which every neighbourhood has.

My German friends told me that nakedness was de rigueur, so into the cabin I went to find two young, naked women. They looked at me. I looked at the ceiling.

Germans – or at least Germans in the non-Catholic north of the country – say that the sight of the nude body is completely normal – natural, as they put it.

Why, they ask, would one wear a dirty, sweaty swimming costume? And, they say, being naked is nothing to do with sex. There is never a stir or a twitch of a sexual nature.

To which I say: hmmm.

My scepticism was shared, by the way, by both the Nazi and Communist regimes.

In East Germany, nude bathing became something of a sign of dissidence, contrary to the exhortation of the Culture Ministry to “protect the eyes of the nation”.

Beate Uhse (centre) and models - fileBeate Uhse is often credited with changing women’s attitudes to sex in 1950s Germany

The Nazis welcomed what Hermann Goering referred to as the “healing power of sun and air” in making a strong nation, but he did disapprove of public nudity which he called a “cultural error” that threatened female modesty.

Both regimes lost the argument. And demographics did the rest. In the rubble after World War II, there were seven million more German women than men.

And in this atmosphere, an industry grew up which was very different from that in other Western countries, one much more aimed at women.

Germany had a well-developed mail-order industry – and it had exactly the right woman to exploit it.

Beate Uhse had been a pilot in the Luftwaffe – as a woman she had not been allowed to fight but she did pilot planes to the front line.

After the war, as the daughter of a doctor, she was beset by friends who wanted to know how not to get pregnant.

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My East German female friends tell me that the independence of women continued in the East of the country far more than in the West”

She started providing them with condoms and with advice on how she thought men could be kept happy. It became what is still one of Germany’s most successful businesses.

All this has been described by the historian Elizabeth Heineman, who told me that because the business was mail-order, women were not inhibited from buying.

Particularly in the catholic South, they would not go into a shop but they would order from a catalogue.

Elizabeth told me that German women emerged from the war particularly independent and strong because the absence of men was so stark, but in the west of the country traditional roles were gradually re-asserted.

Not so, though, in East Germany.

Simone Schmollack writes for the Tageszeitung and a magazine – a women’s magazine – called Die Magazin which was founded in 1929 and continued in East Germany throughout the years of Communism.

Tourists look through remaining section of Berlin WallDo cultural differences remain 20 years after the Berlin Wall fell?

She told me that women in the East – and she was one – had genuine economic independence and that gave them a strength in their relations with men.

Now that the Wall is down, cultural frictions are emerging.

Here is the way she put it: “When Western men go out with Eastern women, they – the men – sometimes have problems.

“Eastern women are so cool, the Westerners think. So independent. So free with sex. But then they want them to be stay-at-home, too”.

So speaks an East German woman.

With such a mix of regimes and attitudes and cataclysmic shocks to relationships, there is confusion in the unified Germany over the roles of men and women.

Nowhere more so, I think, than when a sweaty, naked Brit strays into a gym or a sauna bath.

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