Private school takes students to adult novelty store for sex ed lesson
The field trip upset some parents at Gaia School. “It’s just a major breach of trust,” said one parent.
Some parents are outraged after the leader of a small Minneapolis private school took about a dozen middle- and high-school-aged students on a sex education field trip to an adult novelty store late last week.
“It’s just a major breach of trust,” said Lynn Floyd, whose 11- and 13-year-old daughters were part of the outing to the Smitten Kitten. “You just can’t erase those images.”
A leader of Gaia Democratic School and the host of the field trip defended the outing, saying the visit capped a monthslong sex education class.
Director Starri Hedges, who also teaches the school’s sex education class, said she wanted to provide a safe and welcoming environment for students to learn about human sexual behavior.
“What I saw happening on our trip, I thought it was beautiful because kids could talk to these sex educators without any shame, without any fear,” Hedges said Monday.
-source Star Tribune
“sex educators“? So I’m guessing the person behind the counter at Subway is a “nutritionist” now?
Ok. That was overly mean of me. I know nothing about the staff at the Smitten Kitten, maybe they actually are qualifed, tested and degreed “sex educators”. I have no idea. But, the chance that they are simply “store employees who know a lot about dildos, porn and condoms” is a hell of a lot more likely.
In any case, whatever happened to permission slips that had to be signed before kids could go off school grounds?
Gaia is a K-12 school with a motto promising academic freedom, youth empowerment and democratic education. Parents say the school has about 25 students, including several described by administrators as transgender. IRS records show the school, housed in a Unitarian church on Mount Curve Avenue, has an annual budget of about $100,000.
While at Smitten Kitten, students sat in the front in a library section of the store, Hedges said. Everything deemed pornographic was off limits to the students, though sex toys and other products were visible, Hedges said.
The field trip offered students access to educators and products that could be used to practice safer sex, Hedges said. Some students bought condoms, she said.
Smitten Kitten, which bills itself as “a progressive sex toy store for everyone,” sells a range of toys and leather products as well as books and DVDs. The store also offers workshops, like the kind the students participated in.
“The sexual health aspect, there is no right age for all kids,” Hedges said. “You can’t say, ‘All kids should know this at this age.’ There are students that are already going through puberty at 10 or 11.”
-source Star Tribune
Well, Ms Hedges, I agree with you. All kids are different, and some reach puberty sooner than others.
But this doesn’t change the fact that it’s not YOUR place to decide when those children are ready for these experiences. That is a choice that falls first to the parents of the child, and failing that, to a licensed doctor who is expert in such things.
Not a school teacher.
Not the person who can help you decide whether you’d prefer the metal or rubber cock ring.
The worst part of this is, the vast majority of people who will read this will be outraged at me for even saying it.
Don’t get me wrong….I am friends with both an owner of a sex store in Philadelphia, and a “sex educator” who specializes in teaching couples to open up and explore their kinks. I love and respect both of them, and consider what they do to be a vital service in a world full of porn that constantly misleads adults and teaches them wrongheaded sexual ideas.
But these are KIDS.
Kids that in most states wouldn’t be allowed to legally ENTER this store, nor shop at it.
It is not clear whether the field trip broke any laws.
According to Minneapolis city code, those younger than 18 should not be exposed to “sexually provocative written, photographic, printed, sound, or published materials deemed harmful to minors.”
-source Star Tribune
“Hey, forget going to the museum to learn about the Da Vinci Codex…..lets go learn about butt plugs.”