Date: March 22, 2023 01:07PM
Imagine if you are twelve years old and you start to bleed, you have no idea what's going on, you go to a teacher, nurse, or other trusted adult -- and they *can't* tell you anything.
What nonsense is this?
No religion or other crazy cult system has anything to do with human biology or the human reproductive cycle,
Denying girls knowledge about how their body works is just another form of control, and the age of menarche in the industrialised world has gone down in recent years, and many parents nowadays still won't talk to their children about puberty or the facts of life.
Better to hear about how your body works in person than from rumours or the internet, but fundies don't want sex education either.https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2023/03/19/florida-bill-could-ban-elementary-schools-from-talking-about-menstrual-periods/?sh=6ed945ab798c
It wouldn’t be unusual for a girl to have her first ever menstrual period while she’s in fifth, fourth, or even third grade. After all, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Women’s Health says that “A girl may start her period anytime between 8 and 15,” with age eight often corresponding to being in the third grade. And before you get your first period, it would be kind of nice to have some kind of warning about what’s going to happen with your body. Unexpected bleeding doesn’t tend to be followed by words such as “cool” or “what else is on Netflix right now.”
Yet, if a new Florida bill currently being considered by the Florida House of Representatives gets passed, a girl in elementary school may not be able to talk about her periods with teachers or other experts at school. Yep, that’s what Florida State Representative Stan McClain (R) basically indicated when asked about House Bill (HB) 1069, the bill that he originally sponsored.
That’s because regarding, “instruction in acquired immune deficiency syndrome, sexually transmitted diseases, or health education,” HB 1069 stipulates that, “When such instruction and course material contains instruction in human sexuality, such instruction may only occur in grades 6 through 12,” and not earlier than that. This got Rep. Ashley Gantt (D) wondering, period. During a House Education Quality Subcommittee discussion on March 15, Gantt, who has actually taught in public schools, apparently wanted to confirm this “period piece” about HB1069 when she asked, “So if little girls experience their menstrual cycle in 5th grade or 4th grade, will that prohibit conversations from them since they are in the grade lower than sixth grade?” And to that McClain responded, “It would.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/22/2023 01:10PM by anybody.