Here’s a typically brainless modern artifact:
The children of De Burght School in Amsterdam walk past the red-light district to their classrooms every day, past the â€œPeep Shows, Live Girls,â€ the risquÃ© underwear shops and the newsagents selling teen magazines with free condoms. At school the five-year-olds play mummies and daddies in the playground knowing what their parents did in bed last night.
Next year, 12-year-old Sasha explains to me, they will learn how to put a condom on a broomstick (she says this without a trace of embarrassment, just a polite smile). Across the city, nine-year-old Marcus, who lives in a beautiful 18th-century house on a canal, has been watching a cartoon showing him how to masturbate. His sister, 11, has been writing an essay on reproduction and knows that it is legal for two consenting 12-year-olds to make love. Her favourite magazine, Girls, gives advice on techniques in bed, and her parents sometimes allow her to stay up to see a baby being born on the birthing channel.
Then there is Yuri, 16, who explains to me in perfect English that â€œanal sex hurts at the beginning but if you persevere it can be very pleasurableâ€. When I ask whether he is gay, he says â€œnoâ€ but he has watched a documentary on the subject with his parents.
Sex is everywhere in the Netherlands, yet the country has the lowest teenage pregnancy rate in the West and the lowest rates of sexually transmitted diseases among young people.
It goes this way: we have a problem, so we do something that makes that problem go away, and then we go back into oblivion, not noting what other problems our solution caused.
Teen pregnancy is not brought on by a lack of sex education. It occurs because of a lack of hope, discipline and culture, which is why it blights the UK. It is also common cultural and genetic practice among some ethnicities. We can’t say that in public, so instead we look for non-solutions.
Sexualized kids sound good to our liberal minds. We then have to teach them less, there’s no emotional impact to sex, they’re all liberated and progressive. Great. But that has also made them into pure materialists, unable to attach meaning to acts as much as see them all as just variable pleasures.
There are other problems the Dutch face that this article doesn’t, much as it doesn’t address the other problems the English have that cause their teen pregnancy problem. Typical modern nit-witted short-attention-span blather, all sound and fury, paying attention to nothing except what’s in front of its greedy idiot face.
Tags: nanny state, reproduction