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Community Based Abstinence Education Guidelines
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Federal funding guidelines for community-based abstinence education listed the following as #1:

Abstinence curricula must have a clear definition of sexual abstinence which must be consistent with the following: "Abstinence means voluntarily choosing not to engage in sexual activity until marriage. Sexual activity refers to any type of genital contact or sexual stimulation between two persons including, but not limited to, sexual intercourse."

Notice the "sexual stimulation" phrase. Sexual stimulation means kissing, hugging, touching, holding hands, dancing, flirting, wearing revealing clothing, wearing perfume. I could go on and on. When you're 16, everything is sexually stimulating. Are we headed for requirements for tent-like clothing and no make up? No eye contact between the sexes?

And don't get me started on the preachiness of the paragraphs extolling the virtues and requirements for faithful heterosexual marriage for healthy well-adjusted children. And on and on, straight from the conservative ultra-right playbook.

If this were some backwoods church's doctrine I would be offended, but would ignore it. But this is Federal Guidelines, folks. This is what they want to use to indoctrinate our school-age children. Says so in black and white (you should excuse the expression).

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