I'm not sure I understand what the El Paso dad who flipped out over a high school billboard printed with the words "Yes, we can talk about sex" was so very, very upset about. He says it's because his 8-year-old daughter read the sign as they were driving by and he was then forced to, well, talk about sex. (Aha! the billboard's evil plan all along, no doubt!)
Actually, the idea behind the billboard was to get parents and teens to talk about sex (not so much 8-year-olds), which is definitely a noble and worthy goal. After all, it's lack of communication between kids and parents that usually leads to irresponsible behavior. Everybody knows that, right? Or do we need yet another reality show about teen moms to convince us?
As America High School principal Lucia Borrego says, "It was to get as much awareness out there because it is a taboo sometimes. But because it is a taboo sometimes we don't talk to our kids about it and that's how they end up trouble."
"Yes, we can talk about sex" was just one installment in a series of programs designed to help improve teenage/adult communication. For future classes, Principal Borrego says he might have to consider choosing words with greater discretion.
But I have to say, I really hope he doesn't. The word "sex" isn't even crude -- I can think of a few other words that would be highly inappropriate on a high school billboard, but that's not one of them. And the dad who took out the original complaint needs a reality check: If he truly thinks this was the first time his 8-year-old daughter ever saw the word sex and wondered what it meant, well ...
Then I'm going to have to assume that "Yes, we can talk about ... " are not words that little girl hears very much at her house.
Do you think there was anything wrong with this high school's billboard campaign?
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