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HHS Mandate, Phase Two?

Once these Catholic institutions get with the beat on contraceptives, what next? From Sudbury, Ontario:

Family members are shocked after Grade 7 Catholic school students received oral sex pamphlets meant for 18 year olds.

“My granddaughter is totally not into sex or anything like that. She could not believe that she was handed this in school. And when I saw it — I’m 62 years old — I was upset,” said Carmen James-Poulin, the grandmother of a student at Marymount Academy in Sudbury, Ont.

The explicit flyers were distributed Thursday during an open house at the all-girls Catholic school for students in Grades 7 to 12.

The pamphlet includes a guide on how to perform oral sex on men and women, as well as pros and cons to giving or receiving the act.

You can see the explicit pamphlet here, written in the usual desperate-to-be-cool yet grimly mechanical mélange characteristic of the genre. This is a new record for its distribution: Two years ago, it was discovered a Montreal school had handed it out to Eighth Graders. Now it’s Sudbury Seventh Graders. I’m confident in a year or two some lucky Manitoban Fifth Graders or Nova Scotian Second Graders will be enjoying the benefits of its wisdom.

As Brian Lilley comments, the school’s excuse is as weird as its original “error”: Oh, don’t worry, the how-to-improve-your-cunnilingus-skills leaflet we accidentally handed out to middle-schoolers was really meant for the Grade 12 girls. What sort of “Catholic” school hands out tips on oral sex to any grade?

Oh, well: Sex Ed über alles. In my day (as we oldsters say), whatever one’s tastes in this area, most interested parties managed to pick up the gist of it out of hours. You’d be amazed how much curriculum time that frees up for math, history, Latin and whatnot.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.


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