SIECUS – Sex-ed Subterfuge
The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) was established in 1964 when Mary Calderone left her position as medical director of Planned Parenthood to become founding executive director. Joining forces as a founding board member was Wardell Pomeroy, collaborator with Alfred Kinsey on Kinsey’s two seminal volumes on sexual behavior. Despite the official sounding name, SIECUS is not a government organization but an independent non-profit.
Calderone said SIECUS would “perhaps take positions on problems of sexuality in America.” Where most Americans might have listed, say, rape or child molestation as sex-related problems, the primary problem SIECUS saw then (and continues to perceive now) was a lack of information about sex. Calderone diagnosed the source of this problem to be religious and moral restraints on sexual expression, writing in The Family Book about Sexuality, that “religious laws or rules about sex were made on the basis of ignorance.”
SIECUS prescribed the remedy for this ignorance to be comprehensive sex education, beginning with five-year-olds. The organization’s three strategic objectives, articulated in a 2007 annual report are as follows: (1) Education: “Ensure that all people receive comprehensive education about sexuality that helps them integrate information and skills into their lives;” (2) Advocacy: “Promote, protect, and secure public policies that advance sexual and reproductive health and rights;” and (3) Inform: “Ensure an abundance of accurate, balanced, useful, and accessible information about human sexuality.” Whatever nuance distinguishes objective (1) from (3), the redundancy reveals the burning passion at SIECUS that the sexual revolution leave no child behind.
According to its website, SIECUS receives funding from individual contributions, foundation grants, and a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Initial seed money and several subsequent grants were provided by The Playboy Foundation, headed by Hugh Heffner, prompting Dr. Judith Resiman, in a 1999 article titled, Porno, Part of a Well-Rounded Education, to ask, “Since SIECUS targeted primary and secondary grade children, not college students, was Heffner that interested in children’s issues, or did the sex tycoon give SIECUS [grant money] knowing it was good business?”
Most Recent Offense:
Since the 1990’s, public enemy number one according to SIECUS has been abstinence-until-marriage sex-ed programs. Since SIECUS views any attempt to limit sex as repressive and counter to human design, such morality based sex-ed is seen as a violation of sexual rights. Calling these programs “harmful” and “fear-based,” SIECUS has targeted them for elimination, not just in America but across the globe. Declaring it “unacceptable that people throughout the world are still lacking the basic facts they need to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive lives,” SIECUS reaches abroad like an international morality watchdog. Its International Right Wing Watch monitors “right wing organizations and news sources” and disseminates information on abortion, sex education, and sexual orientation, effectively spreading America’s questionably beneficial sexual revolution across the globe.
SIECUS states its core belief this way: “SIECUS affirms that sexuality is a fundamental part of being human, one that is worthy of dignity and respect.” I have no disagreement there. But SIECUS doesn’t seem to grasp that dignity and respect are inherently moral concepts. And moral imperatives require limits on human behavior. Sex is like fire. Controlled and contained, it can be a powerful force for good. Out of control, it ultimately destroys. Who would advocate for the right of five-year-olds to play with matches?
This article first appeared in Salvo 9, Summer 2009.
- Abstinence Education Effective in Reducing Teen Sex, Comprehensive Sex-Ed Not from the Heritage Foundation.
- Rotten Apple Awards – Sex Ed Based on Lies is Child Abuse from Salvo 12 by Marcia Segelstein.
- Guttmacher Study Shows “Devastating” Consequences of Sex-Ed “Planned Parenthood’s reach extends far beyond their vice grip on the nation’s classrooms. Their work can also be felt in pop culture, the internet, advertising and television – all excellent vehicles in their long-term goal to sexualize our children. Sadly it’s working.”
- New IPPF [Planned Parenthood] Document Pushes Adolescent Sexual Rights “The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is demanding that governments, religious institutions and society at large provide ‘comprehensive sexuality education’ for children as young as ten years old.”