Planned Parenthood director claims children are ‘sexual beings’ from birth, promotes porn education

An executive director of a sex ed arm of Planned Parenthood has claimed that children are born ‘sexual’ while simultaneously advocating for comprehensive K-12 sex ed and porn literacy for certain ages, found PKB News Digital.

Bill Taverner, who has advocated for sex education at US Congressional briefings, is the executive director of Planned Parenthood’s Sex Education Center in New Jersey. The Center provides training materials nationwide and hosts the largest conference for sex educators in the United States

In 2015 he said:[We have] in our society, a hypothesis of asexuality of people with intellectual disabilities. It’s a self-perpetuating myth, and really we are all sexual beings from birth to death.

Taverner did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Planned Parenthood also did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the compatibility of Taverner’s statement about “sex beings” with the organization’s views. However, PKB News Digital found a similar statement on a Planned Parenthood sex ed handout.

Planned Parenthood stated in a guide called “The Fundamentals of Teaching Sexuality” that “Sex is a part of life at all ages and stages. Babies, elders and everyone else can experience sexuality.

Bill Taverner works as the executive director of a Planned Parenthood in New Jersey.
LinkedIn / Bill Taverner

Around 2012, Taverner said children of a certain age should be told about pornography in sex education, a position he maintained until at least February 2021.

Taverner seemed to say during the 2012 interview that some of the “eroticism” was “useful”.

He said, “I think there’s this desire for information among young people that…hasn’t changed. [The] delivery of how we get information is quite different. I think the internet has a major influence on how people learn about sexuality. There is access to eroticism, to pornography. It was very different for young people 30 years ago. It’s certainly not as accessible, certainly not as instantaneous. So there is a lot of useful information.

The interviewer interrupted Taverner and said, “Some things are wrong.”

“Some of them are fake, a lot of them are fake,” Taverner said. “But there are also good things.”

Taverner didn’t elaborate on what he meant when asked by PKB News Digital, however, he said in the 2021 interview that sex educators never intended porn to be the primary source of sex education , and that education must adapt to modern times.

He further argues that teaching pornography in classrooms is similar to instructing children how to use a condom.

“There’s a resistance to… if we’re talking about porn, [some think] will it make people want to watch it? It’s the same kind of flawed premise that if we teach about condoms it’s going to make people want to have sex with condoms on or maybe that’s not a bad thing,” he continued. sex educator.

He added that knowledge of porn would help students clarify their values ​​on the subject and meet “people where they are”.

Signage outside Planned Parenthood South Dallas Surgical Health Services Center in Dallas, Texas, U.S., Sunday, July 3, 2022.
Planned Parenthood believes that sexuality is a constant throughout people’s lives.
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“Going back to meeting people where they are, if that’s what they’re doing with their cellphones and tablets and laptops, then we need to change our education and stop bananas on a condom and think that, you know, we’ve done our thing. So we need to give young people opportunities to think about…, like, their values. You know, let’s do opinion-making. Let’s do porn ethics. And that doesn’t does not mean that there is a right answer .”

Taverner has said in the past that parts of comprehensive sex education should start in kindergarten.

“Sex education is not isolated to a particular moment in a person’s life, it is an ongoing process. Young children learn about sexuality from the attitudes of their parents…When we think of K-12 education…we may be talking about what makes a family, we may be talking about preventing diseases… All of this lays the foundation for a basic understanding that is useful for other conversations when talking about condoms… [and] conversations about pregnancy,” he said.

“Age-appropriate sex education is so important,” he said. “And we have to let our experts guide us.”

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