Children as young as 9 years old will learn about masturbation when the new life orientation textbooks are rolled out next year by the South Africa Department of Education.
According to the Sunday Times the textbooks have been overhauled to be more relevant for pupils and the department of basic education hired celebrity sex therapist Dr.Wasserman to help develop a “cutting edge” life orientation curriculum for grades 4 to 12. Each lesson will begin with a yoga pose and a mindfulness exercise and the subject for the day could be on consent, love or masturbation.
Dr. Wasserman said she worked on the entire sexuality thread of the textbooks which incorporated more than just sexuality and gender identity. Masturbation is normalised and threaded through the curriculum from grade 4.It begins with self pride, self image, body diversity, genital differences, genital changes and touching oneself for pleasure.
Increasingly, governments (particularly in developing countries including Zambia) are being pressured by the United Nations (who promotes and advances Comprehensive Sex Education through agencies such as the World Health Organisation, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNICEF, etc) to implement CSE – under the guise that it will reduce teenage pregnancy, HIV/Aids and STD infection, will prevent violence against women, will help to reach gender equality etc. Although described as “proven effective”, there is inadequate evidence of program effectiveness for most CSE programs. In fact, research has shown that most CSE programs appear to be more “policy-based” (or “ideology-based”) than “evidence-based”.
According to a paper entitled Comprehensive Sexual Health Education in Zambia as a Modality for Sustainable Development and Gender Empowerment a comprehensive sexual health education curriculum was designed to help Zambia achieve Sustainable Development Goals 3 (Good Health & well-being),Sustainable development goal 4(Quality Edcuation) and sustainable development goal 5 (Gender Equality). In 2018 The National Aids Council (NAC) in North western province welcomed the introduction of comprehensive sexually education (CSE) lesson on sexual reproductive health in schools across the country.
Critics say CSE may seem fairly innocuous and even a good idea, although in countries where CSE has already been implemented (including the USA, the UK, Australia, Sweden, etc) it has become clear that CSE has a different and more sinister agenda, namely the radical sexualisation of our children. In this regard, the following statement by the American College of Pediatricians is insightful: “Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) goes far beyond sex ed, and is a dangerous assault on the health and innocence of children”.
This is because unlike traditional sex education, CSE is often very graphic and promotes high-risk sexual behaviours as healthy and normal. For example, it is not uncommon for CSE programmes to teach children (as young as five years old!) to masturbate; to encourage acceptance and exploration of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities; to promote anal and oral sex, and teach that it is normal and safe; to promote sexual pleasure (including sexual responses towards inanimate objects, animals, minors, non-consenting persons, etc) and promiscuity as a right for children; to promote abortion as safe and without consequence; to promote condoms to children (as young as nine years old!) without informing them of their failure rates; to promote sexual counselling, information or services to minors without parental consent; to teach children and youth that they are sexual from birth; to train children to advocate for their “sexual rights” in laws and policies, etc.