Stories that push the envelope, but in opposite directions, have an interesting way of entering the news cycle at the same time. As an illustration, consider first a story in our Web Crawler section about a child in an Alabama school who was prohibited from wearing a “Virginity Rocks” T-shirt. The school’s argument was that the message “opens up too many doors for conversation,” which in itself is interesting. What kind of school seeks to shut down dialog?
But I digress. The bookend story, as told at the website Elite Daily, involves a mother “who wanted her second grader to know that vaginas come in all shapes, colors and sizes.” A second goal of the mother, identified as Autumn, was to “empower” female children.
Her solution? She brought vagina cookies to class.
The teacher noted that every kind of vagina was represented, including “small, puffy, white, brown, shaved, bald, and even a fire crotch.” They were frosted accordingly.
When the teacher told Autumn that the cookies were inappropriate, the mother began yelling about the importance of young children learning about sexuality. Autumn left the cookies and stormed out.
The article goes on to note that the teacher received an email from Autumn that, among other things, wishes domestic violence on her. The overarching issue implicit in stories like this, however, is that our nation is at a cultural crossroads. The battleground where the struggle for the future is being waged is, collectively, our schools, where on the one hand, students are being sent home for pretending that their forefingers are handguns, while on the other, they are reading stories about adultery.
A glance at headlines like these suggest that traditional values are not winning.
- Detroit mom objects to reading of Anne Frank’s diary as too ‘pornographic’
- Censorship in the name of “anti-bullying”
- German sex-ed book for 5-year-olds ahows nudity, erect penis
- Common Core required readings that would make a longshoreman blush
- Fourth-grade Common Core reading worksheet features story about adultery
- Another Maryland 6-year-old suspended for pointing finger like gun