While it was funny in the Mean Girls movie, it’s incredibly sad that these sort of speeches are actually given in High Schools in the US.
Today, I read an article about a girl named Katelyn Campbell. If you’ve heard of her, you’ll know what I’m going to talk about. If you don’t.. well.. prepare to be shocked.
A couple of weeks ago, the George Washington High School hosted an abstinence-only ‘sex-ed’ assembly. Katelyn Campbell apparently refused to attend this assembly where guest speaker Pam Stenzel was telling scared students horrific, inaccurate tails. Among other things she told them that condoms aren’t safe, that any form of sexual contact would lead to STIs and would make women infertile. Women who take birth control, she says, are ten times more likely to contract a disease or end up sterile of dead. If that’s not bad enough she also attacks the parents of these children by saying that ‘if your mother gives you birth control, she probably hates you.’ I just looked on youtube and Stelzer does have a lot of videos on there in which she talks about abstinence. For an example click here. I. am. Horrified.
If you have sex, out side of one permanent monogamous, and monogamy does not mean one at a time, that means one partner that has only been with you. If you have sex outside of that context, you will pay. No one has ever had more than one partner and not paid.
Not accepting this blatant form of psychological abuse by the school, Katelyn wrote to the media, informing them of this ridiculous event. After she did this, she was called into principal Aulenbacher’s office who told her that he was ‘disappointed in her’. He berated her until she was very upset and crying. Katelyn tells the media that he threatened to call Wellesley College, where she had recently been accepted to, and tell them about what she did. He said that he would tell them that she had a ‘bad character’ and that she was ‘a backstabber’. Apparently he also has teachers and students afraid of speaking up because of fear of retaliation.
Meanwhile Aulenbacher said to the media that he does not think that anything that the guest speaker Stenzel said in the assembly was inappropriate. If anything it was ‘uncomfortable’ but ‘talking about sex with teenagers is always uncomfortable.’ He also made a point of reaffirming the message that the assembly was trying to push the students to believing. ‘The only way to guarantee safety is abstinence.’
Fortunately, an injunction has been filed to keep Aulenbacher from retaliating against Katelyn. After all.. there is such a thing as free speech.
Also, I’m glad to say that the Admissions officers of Wellesley are not intimidated by this bogus principle: