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I think comprehensive sex ed in age-appropriate language and detail from both the schools and the parents should start several years before puberty (age 7 or so). It should start this early for the same reason you have fire drills and tornado drills and other emergency plans: because you want the safe behavior to be the automatic behavior, the behavior they fall back on when fear or excitement or hormones have them too mixed up to think properly. To my mind, abstinence only sex ed is the equivalent of trying to keep kids safe from fire by telling them not to play with matches. It's a good first step, but it won't keep them safe when there's smoke in air.

The schools should focus on it from a scientific/medical/basic mechanics angle, while the parents should focus on the emotional, moral, and ethical aspects. Not being either an educator or a parent, I don't know exactly what should be discussed (or in what words) at what age.

I do think that one specific element that should start early and be emphasized at all ages and to both genders is that you are always allowed to say "NO" to any sexual behavior (and conversely, that when someone says "NO," you listen to them and stop), and if someone doesn't stop when you tell them to, you should tell an authority figure. Obviously this should also get more nuanced as the kids get older, addressing things like people trying to use guilt, fear, chemicals, or other means to get sex without the other person having the opportunity to say yes or no.

I'm not sure how much sense this makes. I may be editing for clarity later on. If I do, I'll try to note what I changed.
jennythereader: (Default)
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I think comprehensive sex ed in age-appropriate language and detail from both the schools and the parents should start several years before puberty (age 7 or so). It should start this early for the same reason you have fire drills and tornado drills and other emergency plans: because you want the safe behavior to be the automatic behavior, the behavior they fall back on when fear or excitement or hormones have them too mixed up to think properly. To my mind, abstinence only sex ed is the equivalent of trying to keep kids safe from fire by telling them not to play with matches. It's a good first step, but it won't keep them safe when there's smoke in air.

The schools should focus on it from a scientific/medical/basic mechanics angle, while the parents should focus on the emotional, moral, and ethical aspects. Not being either an educator or a parent, I don't know exactly what should be discussed (or in what words) at what age.

I do think that one specific element that should start early and be emphasized at all ages and to both genders is that you are always allowed to say "NO" to any sexual behavior (and conversely, that when someone says "NO," you listen to them and stop), and if someone doesn't stop when you tell them to, you should tell an authority figure. Obviously this should also get more nuanced as the kids get older, addressing things like people trying to use guilt, fear, chemicals, or other means to get sex without the other person having the opportunity to say yes or no.

I'm not sure how much sense this makes. I may be editing for clarity later on. If I do, I'll try to note what I changed.
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Skif and Ender would probably open all the doors and check out all the rooms they aren't allowed into.

Socks would open all the cat food containers, and probably raid the fridge.

I'm not sure what the still un-named girl catling or Kailey's reptiles would do.
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Skif and Ender would probably open all the doors and check out all the rooms they aren't allowed into.

Socks would open all the cat food containers, and probably raid the fridge.

I'm not sure what the still un-named girl catling or Kailey's reptiles would do.
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(Almost) Everyone is more complicated than they appear to be.
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(Almost) Everyone is more complicated than they appear to be.
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Of course there are things that I would actually die if I was deprived of them for too long. They're too obvious, and the same for almost everybody.

Three things I would be miserable trying to live without is much more interesting.
1) books to read
2) interesting projects to work on
3) the internet
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Of course there are things that I would actually die if I was deprived of them for too long. They're too obvious, and the same for almost everybody.

Three things I would be miserable trying to live without is much more interesting.
1) books to read
2) interesting projects to work on
3) the internet
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This is even a question?

The Beatles, of course.
jennythereader: (John Lennon)
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This is even a question?

The Beatles, of course.
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I'm going to assume this is after taxes.

I'd buy a house just a bit more expensive than Tom & I are planning on getting anyway, and pay for it up front.

Everything left after that would go into the bank for property taxes and maintenence costs.
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I'm going to assume this is after taxes.

I'd buy a house just a bit more expensive than Tom & I are planning on getting anyway, and pay for it up front.

Everything left after that would go into the bank for property taxes and maintenence costs.
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Craft supplies and books.
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Craft supplies and books.
jennythereader: (Clef Note)
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If it were only one specific recording of one song? I'd go mad so quickly that it wouldn't really matter what the song was.

If it was as many different versions as I wanted of any one song, that would be OK. Not great, but OK. I'd probably go with the hymn "Amazing Grace."
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If it were only one specific recording of one song? I'd go mad so quickly that it wouldn't really matter what the song was.

If it was as many different versions as I wanted of any one song, that would be OK. Not great, but OK. I'd probably go with the hymn "Amazing Grace."
jennythereader: (Bear: Serenity)
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Donate anything that's donate-able.

Cremate whatever is left.

Bury the ashes and plant a cherry tree over them. Preferably pie cherries.

Remember me every time you see the blossoms.
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Donate anything that's donate-able.

Cremate whatever is left.

Bury the ashes and plant a cherry tree over them. Preferably pie cherries.

Remember me every time you see the blossoms.

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