While watching a Fox News report recently (it was broadcast in a restaurant, so non-consensual) they had a “special report” on sex ed in Montana. The opening to the piece went something like this:
“Parents in Montana are upset about a proposed sex-education program that would be going a lot further than just teaching the birds and the bees…”
I thought to myself: how interesting. They’ve proven the need for better sex ed in their opening statement.
What are the birds and the bees, exactly? The way it’s phrased in the sentence, it’s talking as if it’s a commonly agreed-upon statement, like saying “the sky” or “that car.” But I bet if you put any ten adults in a room and asked them to write down on a page what constituted “the birds and the bees” – and, I might add, just the birds and the bees – you’d end up with some wildly divergent curricula.
What are the basics, these days? Do they include proper terminology? Mechanics? How about emotional context? What is the right age to talk about it?
Seems to me that “birds and the bees” is a phrase that has outlived its usefulness. What do you think?