Wingnut: Sex Ed Makes Teens ‘Hot and Bothered’

State legislatures are usually where the real crazy can be found and the state of Texas is exhibit A. The same legislature that produced Warren Chisum, who sent his colleagues a memo encouraging them to read a geocentrist website, has now produced Rep. Steve Toth, who told this story during a hearing on sex ed:

“My wife worked at a home for unwed moms, and one of the little kids that was born, his name is David. David came about as a result of his mom and dad, who were just 16 at the time, going to a Planned Parenthood deal where they taught them how to use contraceptives. They were not sexually active at that point. They got into the car, and they were so hot and bothered from this deal, he couldn’t even get the condom on.”

They do love their anecdotes, don’t they? No evidence needed, just an anonymous story that can never be checked out and is patently ridiculous. And of course, those poor unnamed kids would never have thought to have sex if they hadn’t been taught about condoms. If we just never mention condoms to teenagers, it will never occur to them to want to have sex.

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  • I thought it was abstinence-only sex ed that caused teen pregnancy??

  • Chiroptera

    More Republican Science: anecdotes are better than scientific statistical studies, especially when their made up!

  • jand

    Of course. You are so right. I teach sex ed, and when we had a session about masturbation, you had to see the kids afterwards, walking down the corridors beating their meat like there was no tomorrow

  • rowanvt

    Because, of course, there’s nothing as sexually arousing as listening to someone drone on about contraception and how they’re applied. /sarcasm

    I may be 30, but I remember my sex-ed classes and they were full of uncomfortable silences and cringing.

  • raven

    Texas has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the USA.

    This is a key metric because it correlates and is causal with life long poverty.

    Not surprisingly, they also lead the nation in rates of children growing up in poverty. One causes the other.

  • Now, look, you know he’s right. Human sexuality is so powerful that the Cleavers slept in separate beds and they still had Beaver and Wally.

    Don’t teach the controversy!

  • gertzedek

    Is there anything that doesn’t get teens hot and bothered?

  • They’re teenagers. Watching the Muppets gets them hot and bothered.


  • I had sex ed. I got the impression that the class was generally bored. It was all heavily abstracted cartoons of the anatomy, for one thing.

    One good thing I got out of it was relative clarity of what constitutes rape, so I got to be sincerely incredulous when I started hearing rape apologia and victim blaming from pundits and politicians. Of course, I was lucky to have sex education at all, so I wasn’t raised to believe in urban legend technicalities fabricated by delinquents. Frankly, I wonder how many Republicans got their sex education from delinquents.

  • carlie

    They’re teenagers. Watching the Muppets gets them hot and bothered.

    My first reaction to that was “ew”, and then I remembered this, so yeah.

  • eric

    his mom and dad, who were just 16 at the time, going to a Planned Parenthood

    So, these two teenagers who had not thought about having sex and were never planning on having sex, just decided to go visit Planned Parenthood.

    Does PP have a great buffet or something? Were they hosting a bingo night (ba da bing!)?

    Yeah, Rep. Toth’s story makes so much sense.

  • leftwingfox


    Perhaps it’s just my own sex ed, but I never saw the exterior of a vagina in class. Everything was cross-sections and internal diagrams.

    I did see a lot of penises though. Penises with chancres. Penises with genital warts. Penises with severe rashes. Pubic lice. How to check for testicular cancer.

    Mmmm, Sexy.

    Seriously, Sex Ed did everything possible to make sex seem terrible. It wasn’t until College that we got sexpert Sue Johanson as a guest lecturer, talk the fact that sex… you know… FELT GOOD.

    And that was optional.

    And disrupted by a screaming fundie claiming she was a shill for condom companies.

    Sexy sexy sexy.

  • rrede

    I live in Texas (moving back to west coast as soon as we retire).

    Texas not only has one of the highest rates of teenagers having babies; they have the highest rates of teenage girls having a SECOND child.,-But-Texas-Still-

    I have lost track of the number of students I have who have two or more children, are single (or divorced), and in their early twenties, and of the students I have who become pregnant while in college.

  • Mr Ed

    What came first sex education or children. Children only ever thought of sex after sex ed, and without sex there would be no children to teach

  • coragyps

    Toth and Chisum are wingnuts?

    Unfortunately, they damn nearly are the mainstream here in our legislature…….

  • dogmeat

    Is there anything that doesn’t get teens hot and bothered?

    Sex ed class?

  • zmidponk

    @dogmeat, funny you should say that, as I actually remember being quite concerned about getting ‘hot and bothered’, as Warren Chisum put it, because, at the time, anything and everything, down to the wind blowing the wrong way, made me ‘hot and bothered’, and, being a 13 year old boy, I found that quite embarrassing. However, I can honestly say that the Sex Ed did not even make me remotely close to being ‘hot and bothered’, despite this class actually showing naked people, probably because it was done mostly via sitting the class down and having them watch a series of videos, which covered things in a very dry and clinical way.

  • cjcolucci

    When it came to sex education, my mother was a genius. She emphasized over and over again that sex wasn’t dirty. It was natural and beautiful and not dirty. I reacted as she probably figured I would: if it’s not dirty, why bother? Got me through the first few years of raging hormones that way. My mother was a genius.

  • noxiousnan

    Oh thank you, Carlie @10. I always found Animal to be quite appealing, but never Kermit. That was hot!

  • naturalcynic

    Maybe Planned Parenthood should check up on the clinic the two 18 year olds visited. There is obviously a problem in that they didn’t snatch the young lady in question to force her to have an abortion.

  • Abby Normal

    “If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s learning things never taught me nuthin’. And books is the worst… Read, read, read, read! All you do is read. Let me tell you something – last time I read a book, I was raped. Let THAT be a lesson to you.”

    -Betty, played by Madeline Kahn, Yellowbeard


  • matty1

    Sex education – I remember there being a box of unrolled and ancient condoms that we had to practice putting on test tubes. I don’t think there was any point in my adolescence when I felt less sexually aroused.

  • matty1, et al, sex-ed really messed me up. I can only get aroused watching people put condoms on test tubes while hearing middle aged women dryly describe female anatomy while drawing the parts on a chalkboard. Let that be a lesson to you! Let it be a lesson to you all!

  • exdrone

    Don’t blame Planned Parenthood. Blame condom packaging!

  • dingojack

    But Steve – surely David’s mum is a slutty slut slut ’cause she had sex, right?

    Oh I see. She’s a victim this week and a perp next week when it’s all about men deciding what females are permitted to do with their own bodies. Gotcha.



  • cactuswren

    dingojack @25, to borrow the language of a particular pro-liar I dealt with some years ago, David’s mom was “just another whore” before she got pregnant, because any girl or woman who’s sexually active outside of marriage is “just another whore”. But being underage, the moment she became pregnant her status altered to “scared little girl” being forced (in the absence of parental-consent laws) to see a “bottom-of-the-barrel abortionist” without what would surely be the loving and understanding counsel of her parents.

  • Thumper; Atheist mate

    If we just never mention condoms to teenagers, it will never occur to them to want to have sex.

    Biology; how the fuck does it work?

    (Said every wingnut, ever).