National Public Radio (NPR), using the taxpayers’ dollars, ran a pernicious segment on “the importance of inclusion in sex education.”
In the course of its reporting, NPR assaulted parental rights, promoted pleasure-oriented sex education, and downplayed the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases (STD).
To frame this conversation, NPR host Leila Fadel began by attacking parental rights. Fadel noted that on July 1st Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law went into effect. Rather than using its proper name, she labeled it the “don’t say gay law.” Moreover, Fadel said the whole point of the Florida law, and similar legislation proposed in other states, is “to restrict the rights of LGBTQ youth.”
NPR’s “Life Kit” reporter Lilly Quiroz interviewed Ericka Hart, “a sexuality educator with a focus in racial, social, and gender justice.” She, too, believes that sex education should be pleasure-oriented. She argued that “young people should explore their genitals” so that they can “say, like, this is what feels good for my body—right?—and this is what doesn’t feel good for my body.”
If this was not harmful enough, the segment ended with an effort to remove the “stigma” associated with STDs. For this, Quiroz interviewed “sexpert” Gioconda Davis to explain that the idea that STDs “make you dirty…is just a terrible lie. And also…if you get an [STD], your sex life is over. Like, no—most [STDs] are curable or treatable, and it doesn’t have to be, like, this mark of shame.”
At no point in this segment did NPR offer anything of educational value. Instead, it used the American taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars to attack the rights of parents, promote pleasure-oriented sexual education, and downplay the dangers of STDs. It did all of this on our dime. It is past time to defund NPR.