In case you’re still on the fence about the need for comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education (maybe even starting as young as kindergarten); allow us to tell you a little story.
A few days ago, a picture of Juliana Margulies (above) surfaced on the newswires. Her legs were slightly spread, and a thin line appeared between them. “OMG, Vagina!” the blogs cried.
Except that’s not what a vagina looks like. Not at all. Let’s face it: the fact that anyone could possibly think that that was a vagina and not, say, a pantyhose seam, is a sure sign that our grasp of human anatomy is fragile at best — that, even as adults, many of us don’t even have a kindergarten level of understanding of how the human body works.
And that, frankly, is sad. We fully support Obama’s belief that kindergarteners should know where a vagina is (hint: not midthigh), and if McCain wins… well, we might just have to head out to the UK, where the sex ed shows on TV show actual, factual naked bodies.