Not, strictly speaking, one for our ‘Anti-porn: you’re doing it wrong’ files, but I think it is important that, as anti-porn feminists and radical feminists, we emphasise that we do not condone this puritanical, reactionary, anti-sex bullshit, and that we do emphatically support comprehensive, age-appropriate sex and relationship education for all children.
I think parents have the absolute right to protect their children from this sort of education which is so unhelpfully obsessed with destroying childhood innocence, in a way that’s reminiscent of paedophilia. To me, anyone who wants to talk dirty to little children is a danger to them.”
These words, from the lips of “family values” campaigner Lynette Burrows, were broadcast last weekend as part of a pre-recorded video package on the BBC’s Sunday Morning Live show to kick off a “debate” about sex education.
The comments were left unchallenged, and the show continued with a studio discussion in which Burrows was joined by a historian and a neoconservative lobbyist, rather than, say, a sex education professional or similar expert. The lack of a qualified speaker in the studio removed the possibility of any informed discussion, and things veered downhill from there.
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