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Two articles in The Guardian today which bear some thinking about.

1. A study has been conducted which seems to suggest that if a child is abused, that child will do better in the long term if sie is removed from hir family and not returned.

That may well be what the study found. And the result certainly has the force of logic behind it: if a child is abused in a particular environment, the child will be better off not being in that environment.

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This post is inspired to some extent by Wildly Parenthetical’s post on sex ed – although I’ve thought for a very long time that sex ed should be a normal part of education generally (from a young age). I don’t know the best way to integrate it (but then, I’m not a teacher). However, I do know that knee-jerk reactions are not the best way to deal with anything much.

This post is essentially my reaction to the knee-jerk reactions displayed in this article here. The gist of which is: the federal government is talking about a national sex ed curriculum for primary and high school.

And the gist of my reaction is: *headdesk* after *headdesk* after *headdesk*.

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I’m not sure if I have enough of a readership to get a decent number of comments on this thread, but I’m going to try, as I think that this post is one that will benefit far more from comments than from whatever I might post.

My mother – who is pretty good about not sending forwards – sent me a forward with the text below.

I’m an atheist, and I was a bit irritated by the title and the first four questions. I don’t like the idea that questions like this reinforce the story that a god made people. Although that only really matters if this question & answer set up is real – I always doubt these things.

However, I left in the irritating title & first four questions for the sake of completeness, and also because I actually quite like the idea of people made out of string! But maybe that’s just me?

I’ll let you read it before I subject you to any more of my own thoughts (the emphasis is all mine, though):

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Apologies for the extended silence. It’s been a rather busy couple of months. I’ll try to get back to regular blogging soon.

Anyway, one recent activity that has kept me away from my blog (and from generally participating in the blogosphere) has been supporting a good friend and her husband in the final few days of pregnancy and first few days of their child’s life.

It was an enormous privilege for me, as although I’ve now got a few friends with small children, I’ve never been particularly involved with the process.

My friends live in a city that is not the one where I live, so I’ve been out of town for a little while. This has meant that I’ve needed to explain my absence to a few people. The conversation often goes something like this:

“I’ve been out of town supporting some friends while they had a baby.”
“Awwww. Was it a boy or a girl?”

I’ve had a great deal of trouble with this instant reaction. Is that really the most important thing you could think of to ask?

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Now I know they are.

The program, called Shine, was created by the Hillsong Church. It is being run in at least 20 NSW public schools, numerous small community organisations and within the juvenile justice system.

Hillsong describes Shine as a “practical, life-equipping, values-based course” and its website is awash with glowing testimonials from young women whose lives have been improved by learning about “being a good friend” and “learning about myself”.

“Through skin care, natural make-up, hair care, nail care girls discover their value and created uniqueness,” the material says.

Ugh.

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I just heard a doctor (one who actually sounds like he bases what he says on science) on the BBC say that “75% of the amount of fat a child has is determined by genetics”.

He wasn’t talking in the context of the child obesity furphy, and he didn’t say anything about adults (but I suspect he’d say it’s pretty similar). But in other words: so, why are we stressed out about the “child obesity crisis” (or the “obesity crisis” in general) if it’s based on genetics?

Sigh.

[First posted here.]

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It’s something we hear again and again, that girls are being sexualised younger and younger, that we need to protect them from raunch culture, and so on.

I’ve always felt this black-and-white attitude is somewhat patronising – I’ve argued in comments over at Hoyden About Town that I remember being very young and curious about sex, and I think that different people will want to have sex starting at different ages, and that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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