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"Early Childhood Masturbation" for 0-4 years old as part of sexual education supported by the European Parliament?

Today the European Parliament will vote a motion for a resolution on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Regarding Sexual Education, it refers to the report of the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe and the German Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) entitled ‘Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe: A framework for policy makers, educational and health authorities and specialists’ , published in 2010.  This is the sole reference included in the motion for a resolution. FAFCE considers this approach unworthy of all children in the EU, as well as deeply disrespectful of their parents who are the first and primary educators of their children. The motion for a resolution nevertheless only refers to the parents as "other stakeholders".

Whilst including important aspects of education, these “standards” also invite educators to do the following:

Age 0-4 years

“Give information about enjoyment and pleasure when touching one’s body, early childhood masturbation”
“Enable children to gain an awareness of gender identity”
“Give the right to explore gender identities”

Age 4-6 years

“Give information about early childhood masturbation”
“Enable children to consolidate their gender identity”
“Help children develop a positive gender identity”
“Give information about same-sex relationships”
“Give information about different kinds of (family) relationships and different concepts of a family”
“Help children develop respect for different norms regarding sexuality”

Age 6-9 years

“Help children to develop a positive gender identity”
“Give information about the basic idea of contraception (it is possible to plan and decide about your family) and different methods of conception”
“Give information about enjoyment and pleasure when touching one’s own body, early childhood masturbation”
“Give information about friendship and love towards people of the same sex”

Age 9-12 years

“Give information about different types of contraception and their use; myths about contraception and enable children to use condoms and contraceptives effectively in the future”
“Give information about gender orientation and differences between gender identity and biological sex”
“Give information about pleasure, masturbation, orgasm”
“Give information about sexual rights as defined by the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the World Association for Sexual Health”

Age 12-15 years

“Give information about pregnancy (also in same-sex relationships) and infertility”
“Give information about gender identity and sexual orientation, including coming-out/homosexuality”
“Give information about pleasure, masturbation, orgasm”
“Enable teenagers to obtain and use condoms and contraceptives effectively”
“Give information about sexual rights as defined by the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the World Association for Sexual Health”

Age 15 and up

“Give information about fertility changes with age (surrogacy, medically assisted reproduction and “designer” babies, genetics)”
“Help teenagers to develop a critical view of different cultural/religious norms related to pregnancy, parenthood, etc.”
“Help teenagers to develop a change from possible negative feelings, disgust and hatred towards homosexuality to acceptance and celebration of sexual differences”
“Give information about sexual rights: access, information, availability, violations of sexual rights, right to abortion”

 

Our full analysis of the motion for a resolution is available here.

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