An online “sextionary” targeting teenagers has been shuttered after Christian groups complained that its content was “dangerous and degrading.”
The “Respect Yourself” guidance, set up by NHS Warwickshire, Warwickshire County Council, and Coventry Council in the West Midlands region of England and endorsed by Public Health Warwickshire, has been taken offline and is “under review” after parents and various Christian groups complained, the Sunday Times reported.
Launched in 2012, the controversial website included a 47-page “sextionary” – a glossary of explicit sexual vocabulary – along with definitions of slang terms for genitalia, and a question-and-answer section covering a variety of sexual acts, according to the Telegraph. The website also included an area where users could click on pictures of a man and woman to find their “pleasure zones.”
Additionally, the online guidance reportedly condoned promiscuity, with one section telling girls about the best way to sleep with a stranger.
It said: “If you are on a girls’ holiday and make the decision to sleep with someone you’ve just met – for safety’s sake, take them back to your place, where you know your friends are only in the next room.”
The site also included more explicit content about masturbation, pornography, and prostitution and informed teenagers that while the age of consent is 16, every individual is the only person who knows when they are ready to have sex.
“The law says you are not old enough to decide for your self until you are 16 – as this is the age the law sees us as being mature enough to decide,” read the website. “You are the only one who knows when you are ready. Some are ready before, some not till much later.”
The council’s project manager for the site, Amy Danahay, told Channel 4 News that the site was created to speak to teenagers “in their language and provide information in a medium that we know they use and which is monitored by professionals.”
She also claimed the site “has been based on thorough research into what young people need, how they want to access the information and how it should be presented.”
But following continued complaints from Christian groups, the Warwickshire County Council this week pulled the site down while it reviews its content.
The Christian Institute’s Deputy Director Simon Calvert criticized the website, saying: “Respect seems to be the last thing on the minds of the people responsible for this appalling material.
“Young people deserve to be treated with dignity, not spoken down to as if they have no self-control or moral compass.
“Compiling an A-to-Z that includes some of the most dangerous and degrading sexual practices imaginable and presenting them all to young people as equally valid and healthy is profoundly irresponsible.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett