Why was I taught sex ed by a man who uses the word 'slut'? | KUOW News and Information

Why was I taught sex ed by a man who uses the word 'slut'?

Oct 12, 2017

Sex is everywhere. But many people still think teens aren’t ready to handle the #Truth.

RadioActive takes a look into how we value and define virginity, and the push for abstinence-only education.


Hosts Aliyah Musaliar and Isabella Ortiz talk about Aliyah's experience learning about “healthy relationships” from Brad Henning. He’s a controversial speaker who has presented to students nationwide for 30 years – including Aliyah's eighth grade class in Tahoma, Washington. He writes about the "emotional differences between men and women" including how men dream about a “fair maiden” not the “town slut.”

We weren’t able to reach the Tahoma School District for comment before our production deadline. Here’s their statement:  

The presentation to Tahoma students that is described in the podcast was discontinued two years ago. During the time that it was offered, parents were notified in advance about the presentation, including links to the presenter’s website, and had the option to not have their student participate. Parents also had the opportunity to attend an evening presentation with Brad Henning to learn more about the presentation and to ask questions. The presentation was not part of the school district’s health curriculum.

Title card from the 1966 film, Parent to Child: About Sex
Credit Prelinger Archive https://archive.org/details/parent_to_child_about_sex

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