John Oliver’s dissection of sex-education programs in the United States is only one criticism out of many who believe that these programs are in serious need of reevaluation and repair. As he pointed out on his show, there are still a good number of programs in the U.S that focus entirely only on abstinence-based curriculum. There are some societies, as noted in “The Virgin Daughters” documentary, that have emphasized purity and morality as key principles to rally around at a young age. Through the function of an event called the “Purity Ball,” daughters are given the emotional and mental support from their fathers. This security supposedly dissuades girls to engage in any promiscuous behavior. However it also prevents them from exploring their sexuality and engaging in possible healthy relationships. There might be possible benefits from an event like the Purity Ball as it affords like-minded people to draw support from one another and reinforce positive moral values.
Oliver probably could not have predicted that President Obama would come out with a budget cut proposal this year. The article listed below includes details on this proposal by Obama. This proposal would eliminate a $10 million/year grant program for abstinence-only education run by the Department of Health and Human Services. It would also increase funds for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and maintain funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health. His proposal could be the answer to creating more comprehensive sex-education programs that include not only the education of safer sex and contraception, but also body image, sexual orientation, and gender stereotypes. Congress has until October 1st (the start of the new fiscal year) to approve the proposed budget.