Last week, a series of video clips posted on Twitter by the account @QuestionLBGTQedu brought attention to a Youtube show called Sex Ed School, a progressive sexual education program for children ages 9-12.
In one of the viral clips from the series, Canadian schoolchildren are taught by “sex educator” Nadine Thornhill and “sex researcher” Eva Bloom that “some people born with vulvas can be boys.” A large purple-haired trans man named Kaleb then tells the students about his life story: he was born a girl, but was always a “tomboy” with “short hair,” and now he has received a double mastectomy and is a male.
That clip has amassed over 1.5 million views.
In a follow-up clip, Kaleb is asked by a student what “parts” he has, and he answers that he only tells people what’s in his pants “if people are getting in there.”
Kaleb then compares comfortable chairs and uncomfortable chairs to being comfortable or uncomfortable in your body, and says that everybody will eventually decide whether they want to take hormones, have surgery, or do nothing at all.
In another clip, hosts Nadine and Eva tell the children, “there’s no right or wrong age to fall in love,” and “people fall in love at all different kinds of ages,” before talking about the “self-love” of masturbation.
In the final clip posted on the @QuestionLGBTQEdu account, two drag queens, Fluffy Soufflé and Fay Slift (pronounced “facelift”) teach children about different sexual orientations.
The Sex Ed School show was created by the Toronto-based production company Shaftesbury and is funded by the Shaw Rocket Fund.
There is no evidence that the videos are mandatory at any school in Canada, but teachers can introduce them at their discretion, and each of the videos in the eight-part series has thousands of views on Youtube.
As for the hosts, Nadine Thornhill was one of the voices egging on the deplatforming of feminist speaker Meghan Murphy’s speaking event at the Toronto Public Library, and Eva Bloom lists herself as having an MSc in “Sexting.” On her Instagram, Bloom posts mottos like “Pay for your Porn” and “Fisting not Fascism,” as well as pictures of herself posing with phallic sex toys.
The Sex Ed School videos are reminiscent of a 2018 CBC video called “Happy pride month!” where host Jessi Cruickshank tells a group of children ages approximately 5-9 that Jodie Foster “made me question my sexuality when I was a child because I liked her so much…and she was nude in the film…not that I remember watching it several times.”
One must question why the messaging in the Sex Ed Schools program is so heavily focused on pronouns, gender fluidity, drag, transgenderism, and ways to have sex. The audience, after all, is small children who are unlikely to be affected by transgenderism, let alone understand the complexities of the latest trends coming from trans activists.
Criticizing sex ed programs often ends up with the critic being accused of the “Think of the Children!” trope, or being caught up in moral panic. Those who critique the modern sex ed agenda are also called puritans and prudes.
It is, however, unsettling that a publicly available video was made where in the first scene children are groaning and covering their eyes when talking about sexual topics, but in the next scene handling cloth breasts and genitals to pin on a doll, as they are filmed exclaiming things like “that’s a hairy penis.”
If objecting to this iteration of a Sex Ed School program makes me a puritan prude, that’s fine by me.