Multiple Choice Mitt: For Sex Ed Before He Was Against It

You know, Mitt Romney really is almost a caricature of himself at this point. Is there any issue he hasn’t flip-flopped on in the last few years? Any single, solitary one?

Today’s flip is on sex education. As noted earlier, Barack Obama has come out with what, in a sane world, would be a no-brainer sex ed policy: it’s okay to not actively deceive children with questions about where babies come from, though we don’t need to get too detailed — just keep it age-appropriate.

Needless to say, the conservatives have been all over this, screaming about how Barack Obama wants to teach your children how to use condoms zOMG!!!!onethousandonehundredeleven!!! And one of those screaming is Multiple Choice Mitt himself, pouncing on Obama and saying:

“How much sex education is age appropriate for a 5-year-old?” Romney asked Wednesday at a Colorado campaign stop. “In my view, zero is the right amount. Instead of teaching about sex education in kindergarten to 5-year-olds let’s clean up the ocean of filth, the cesspool in which our children are swimming.”

I’m sure you can already guess the punchline.

It turns out, Romney himself once indicated support for the same sort of sex-ed approach — “age-appropriate” — that Obama backs.

In a Planned Parenthood questionnaire he filled out during his 2002 gubernatorial run, Romney checked ‘yes’ to a question asking, “Do you support the teaching of responsible, age-appropriate, factually accurate health and sexuality education, including information about both abstinence and contraception, in public schools?”

The answer, pointed out by a rival campaign, was resurrected in 2005 when Romney was criticized by Massachusetts pro-choice groups when he began to push an abstinence-heavy focus on sex education. Still, his spokesman said then that he still backed a “comprehensive” approach on teaching public school kids about sex.

Honestly, the man has no soul, and not a single conviction to speak of. It would be funny if it wasn’t so frightening.




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9 responses to “Multiple Choice Mitt: For Sex Ed Before He Was Against It

  1. Yellowhammer

    You know, I’d honestly like to see raunch culture cleaned up a bit too. And you know how we do that? We make sex seem like a normal part of life. Not some incredibly dirty no-no. Wouldn’t it be great if kids got to see that sex is normal, its not naughty or perverted? Its just something we humans do? I think that would help A LOT. I’d love to see sex so normalized that it wouldn’t sell everything from deoderant to beer to french fries. I’d like for us as Americans to get enough sex at home so we wouldn’t feel the need to be blasted with it in our music, movies, and glossy magazines. It’d be great if children learned the no-nonsense view of sex instead of the ultra-idealized pop-music version or the extremely raunchified alternative radio version (Like Fever for the Flava by Hot Action Cop)

    I would LOVE to hear five year olds saying “penis” and “vagina” and “anus”.

    I would LOVE for teenagers to be able to masturbate guilt-free, without feeling shameful and weird about it.

    I would like for all men to know that women have two sepparate orifices, the vagina and the urethra.

    I would LOVE for everyone to learn that sexual feelings can be felt towards anyone of any gender.

    And if all this starts in kindergarten, well then I can get behind it.

    I DON’T think its time for us to bury ourselves back into Victorian ideals. I DO think its time for sex to be de-mystified and de-glamorized. Sex is good, but its not all that glamourous. Sex should also not be confused with love. Sex is sex, and that’s all there is. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had a nice healthy attitude towards sex, so we weren’t so starved all the time, always looking here and there for little bits of sex- a model in her underpants, a woman’s clevage on the bus, You know?

    I will now stop ranting and hope some of that made a little sense.

    I’m sure everyone will tell me if it didn’t.

  2. Mitt Romney blurs the separation of church and state and that is dangerous. He is welcome to believe any way he wants, but he is not welcome to impose his stance on anyone else. Nor does he have the right to harness which Americans deserve a full slate of human rights, and which ones do not. The flip-flopping on sex education is unacceptable.

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  4. tplant

    Jeff, I know you’re a smart guy. Yes Romney supports age appropriate science based sex education which is taught grades 6-12. The issue that he has brought up is teaching it in Kindergarten.

  5. resident_alien

    Everything that Yellowhammer said.Plus :Comprehensive,age-appropriate education about molestation is neccessary,”good touch-bad touch”- kinda stuff,who to go to for help etc.Kids need to be sensibly educated about this,rather than being indoctrinated in a way that scares the s#*t out of them .A friend of mine once said :”I was never molested,but the warnings I got from my parents made up for that!” It would be funny if it weren’t so sad…

  6. Kind of the way Mitt is against porn, yet the hotel chain for which he serves as a board member (Marriot, I believe) makes millions of dollars per year peddling in-room porn movies.

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  8. Little Mac

    I don’t think the comparison to Two-Face here is entirely fair. Two-Face maintains an entirely consistent position of obeying a coin-toss in all situations, regardless of what would be politically expedient. That’s the kind of consistency Romney can only dream of.

  9. bkdfdd

    You people are idiots, if Obama said he wanted to rape children and Romney came out against it you’d be saying that Romney was for sex before he was against it. There’s a HUGE difference in supporting sex ed for 6-12th graders and wanting to give “medically accurate” “scientifically based” sex ed to 5 and 6 year old kids.

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