An executive director at a Planned Parenthood’s sex education arm claimed children are born “sexual” while advocating for porn literacy for specific ages and sex education from kindergarten through 12th grade.
The executive director of Planned Parenthood Center for Sex Education, Bill Taverner, advocated for sex education at U.S. congressional briefings.
The Center provides training materials and hosts the largest conference for sex educators in the U.S.
Taverner said in 2015: “[We have] in our society an assumption of asexuality of people with intellectual disabilities.”
“It’s a myth that’s perpetuated, and really we are all sexual beings from birth until death.”
Planned Parenthood is yet to respond to Taverner’s statement on “sexual beings.”
However, a similar statement in a Planned Parenthood sex education document was found by Fox News Digital.
In a guide entitled “Fundamentals of Teaching Sexuality,” Planned Parenthood said, “sexuality is a part of life through all the ages and stages.”
It adds, “Babies, elders, and everyone in between can experience sexuality.”
In 2012, Taverner said children of a certain age should be taught about porn, a position he has maintained up until 2021.
During the 2012 interview, Taverner appeared to say some of “erotica” was “useful.”
“I think that there’s this yearning for information that young people have that… hasn’t changed. [The] delivery of how we get information is quite different,” he said.
“I think that the internet is a major influence on how people learn about sexuality. There’s access to erotica, pornography,” he added.
“That was very different for young people 30 years ago. It’s certainly not as accessible, certainly not as instantaneous. So there’s a lot of information that is useful.”
The interviewer interrupted Taverner and said, “some of it is wrong.”
“Some of it is wrong, a lot of it is wrong,” Taverner said. “But there’s good stuff out there as well.”
Taverner failed to clarify what he meant, but he did say in a 2021 interview that sex educators never wanted pornography to be the primary source of sex education, and the instruction needs to adapt to modern times.
He also argues that teaching about pornography is similar to instructing children on how to use a condom.
“There’s a resistance to… if we talk about porn, [some think] is it going to make people want to watch it? Which is the same faulty kind of premise as if we teach about condoms, it’s going to make people want to have sex with condoms or maybe that’s not a bad thing,” the sex educator continued.
He added that porn literacy would help students clarify their values on the topic and would meet “people where they are.”
“Getting back to meeting people where they are, if this is what they’re doing with their cell phones and tablets and their laptops, then we need to shift our education and stop doing the banana on a condom and think that, you know, we’ve done our thing,” he said.
“So we need to present opportunities for young people to think about…, for example, their values. You know, let’s do an opinion activity. Let’s do the ethics of porn. And that’s not to say that there’s a right answer .”
In the past, Taverner has said some parts of comprehensive sexuality education should begin in kindergarten.
“Sexuality education is not isolated to a particular point in a person’s life, it’s a continuous process. Young children are learning about sexuality from the attitudes their parents display… When we think of K-12 education… we may be talking about what makes a family, we may be talking about disease prevention… All of that sets the foundation for a basic understanding that is useful for further conversations when we’re talking about condoms… [and] pregnancy conversations,” he said.
“Age-appropriate sex education is so important,” he said. “And we have to let our experts guide us.”