I've interrogated a leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia about drug trafficking.I've even stared down a member of the Taliban in Afghanistan when he told my escort that I was out of line for speaking too loudly in public.While our teenage and unwanted pregnancy rates have declined significantly, we lag far behind many other industrialized nations, and have gaping disparities based on race/ethnicity, income and geographical location.And across the board, our STD rates have reached an all-time high.
Incidentally, if my recollection serves me right, I believe I was the only Asian kid in the class as well.
She explained to Dad that the course was more about anatomy than sex.
It was important, she said, for kids this age to be aware of their bodies in order to be able to keep themselves safe.
Inevitably though, when asking about specifics, I become that little girl, who at 8 years old was told by my grandmother, "never let a man see you naked — even your husband." Yes, she really said that. My other grandmother, a devout Christian, had persistent, dire warnings for me: "never commit the sex sin." Then, in Mrs.
Grannie proceeded to tell me that all of her interactions with her husband, my grandfather, happened in the dark. Spect's 5th grade class, a permission slip went out to all of the parents for consent to allow their kid to sit through a two-hour sex ed discussion.