Friday, July 20, 2007
The uterus factor with Bill O'Reilly.
Debra Haffner, a Unitarian Universalist minister and director of the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing, was a guest on "The O'Reilly Factor" last night talking about Barack Obama's support for age-appropriate sex education for elementary school students:
(Video thanks to News Hounds.)
O'Reilly seems mildly perplexed that Haffner is offering such sane advice — here's more where that came from — right up until the moment that she suggests telling young children that the baby in mommy's tummy is actually in her "uterus." Whoa! "You're blasting them out of their childhood!" he says. Behold the frightful power of Latinate body-part names. At her blog, Haffner says she enjoyed her conversation with O'Reilly although she's now receiving hate mail from other anti-uterusians. (Update! But see some of the great comments from appreciative social conservatives, like this great one from Pam.)
Meanwhile, one of Haffner's fellow UU bloggers, a mother of four young kids, describes the age-appropriate candor about body parts in her home:
With Little Warrior, we're teaching her all the names of her body parts. Elbow. Cheek. Chin. Belly. When she jabs her little finger below the waist, what do you say? Well, we say "vulva." Are there actually parents who get a horrified look on their faces? No, no, that is THE AREA WHICH MUST NOT BE NAMED. The Voldemort of the human body.
Which reminds me: No spoiling of plots around here this weekend. I haven't read a word of the Harry Potter books — I got hooked on Lemony Snicket instead back in the day and now I'm just out of it — but I'm sensitive to all the readers who won't be going to bed tonight. I did take an age-appropriate Harry Potter quiz today at the urging of my coworkers, however, and I am apparently either Hermione Granger or (gasp!) Severus Snape. That is so much more helpful than a Myers-Briggs type.
Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 20 July 2007 at 5:46 PM