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Planned Parenthood wants to give erotica to your teen daughter

Bethany Ramos is an editor, blogger, and chick lit author. She is a regular contributor to Mommyish.com. Bethany works as Editor in Chief for Naturally Healthy Publications.

Planned Parenthood counselors recommend Fifty Shades of Grey as sex ed for teen girls

It’s been a while since parents have freaked out and blown something out of proportion, right? That’s probably why these “undercover” pro-life investigators have crafted such a strange argument against Planned Parenthood. Parents, you can let your freak-out flags fly — or even your freak flags fly — because insiders claim Planned Parenthood is pushing porn on your daughters.

I have to start out with full disclosure. I am in the minority. I am one of the sad, bored housewives who hasn’t read Fifty Shades of Grey yet. This is a prerequisite to get into playgroup, I know. I need to get my shit together.

Planned Parenthood is clearly staffed by a bunch of bored, sexually-frustrated housewives too — insiders claim that the organization is pushing porn on teenage girls looking for sexual guidance in the form of Fifty Shades of Grey.

In the New York Post, new-media pro-life group president Lila Rose summarizes the book as “hyper-controlling Christian Grey subjects 21-year-old Ana Steele (who, it must be noted, talks like a 13-year-old) to an endless series of physically harmful and degrading sexual situations.” She also makes the mistake of referencing Matt Walsh when she calls the book sadomasochistic porn, and that’s where her credibility starts to slip.

Rose’s group Live Action went undercover to investigate the sex-counseling agenda of Planned Parenthood. The investigators posed as 15 and 16-year-old girls and visited Planned Parenthood locations — "conveniently” at the time that the Fifty Shades trailer came out.

The group’s investigators found that Planned Parenthood counselors recommended the scandalous book to minor girls, calling it “pretty good” and “a big eye-opener.” I personally don’t have a problem with this. I grew up in a religious household where sex was taboo, and I would have greatly appreciated any differing, unbiased perspective on sex to shake some of the associated guilt.

Rose draws a conclusion that Planned Parenthood is promoting a rape culture by recommending Fifty Shades and the use of a “safe word.” Though I wasn’t in the room at these counseling sessions, it seems that many counselors’ statements were taken out of context. Sure, Fifty Shades is a little salty, but providing teens with diverse resources can help to remove the taboo and shame surrounding sex.

Parents, we can’t have it both ways. Most parents complain about poor sex education in public schools, but as soon as another alternative is offered in the form of a racy book, everyone freaks out.

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