Focus on the Family's Singapore sex-ed class promotes rape, bigotry


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#2

Good on her for speaking out!


#3

They can’t have chewing gum, but the can have this horseshit.


#4

This reads almost exactly like some “Men vs. Women” image blog post…

I’d go so far as to suspect that it’s directly plagiarized from one…


#5

If you’re not familiar with FoF, this is absolutely unsurprising.


#6

Focus on the Family is some crazy bullshit.


#7

Growing up, my family was big into James Dobson. FotF is insidious. They pretend to be moderates, but in reality they’re dominionists with an ax to grind, and a lot of very conservative views that center on anti-abortion, anti-inconvienient-science, anti-evolution, climate change denial, treating children as property, men treating women as property, working to turn the US into a christian theocracy, and claiming any limits on religiously motivated bigotry being the same as oppression and denying them free practice.


#8

Seems open and shut. The book is right, and the laws need to be amended to recognize reality. To wit:

  • Men cannot be let outside without a (female) escort.
  • They cannot be expected to be able to hold positions of responsibility.
  • Under no circumstances should they be allowed to drive (“I’m just passing this bus… SQUIRREL! sorry… GIRL!”)
  • As with any that cannot be held responsible for their actions, men cannot be allowed to vote.

No doubt Singapore is enacting legislation this very moment to protect their precious males from themselves and being given responsibilities that they are not capable of handling.


#9

Disneyland with the death penalty… and plagiarized sex ed textbooks!


#10

Disneyland doesn’t have the death penalty? What about Florida?


#11

Singapore is at the intersection of conservative Malaysian-Chinese culture and cosmopolitan western culture. It is one of the most multicultural countries in the world and their young people are accustomed to spending time in places like the US, Europe and Australia. So its not surprising that women like Agatha Tan find themselves in conflict with teachers who expect their students to shut up and take notes. But its going to change, and quite fast, as as current younger generation moves into the workforce.


#12

I found something that said yes means no. I found nothing that said no means yes. This ‘humorous handbook’ is quite obviously sexist and silly. I am, however, becoming concerned that Boing Boing speaks without concern as to the validity of its message, supposing it can suffer no consequences. The rape claim seems over the top unless there were some passage omitted from the post or the link.

A guide claiming to interpret female English for males saying that “yes” means “no” is not rape culture. It is not saying no means yes. Taking the subject of rape seriously means taking it seriously, not rushing to manufacture claims at any perceived provocation.


#14

There’s a “no means yes?” on the Evilbook link.


#15

Then that’d be kinda rapey. I’ll keep looking.


#16

It actually is. Check the first link in the article again.


#17

Dear internet, You’re welcome.

-teapot

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#18

I did.


#19

They’re not showing the rest of the screenshots, which is a bit of an omission. In the facebook post, there’s some more screenshots including one that actually says “no means yes?” on it in a piece of flavor text.

Other things shown in the additional screenshots include passages with some of these stunning quotes:
“Emotional security and closeness are far more important to [girls] than financial security.”
“A girl has a deep need for her boyfriend to find her beautiful, and tends to get upset when he notices a scantily-clad girl walks past (even though no man with a pulse could have done otherwise).”

I’m not that sure I’d want my future kid(s) to be hearing this stuff.


#20

It’s on the cover. “No means yes?” “Yes means no?”

I don’t think this is a language guide you know. Primarily because most Singaporeans speak fluent english which I knew before I read Tam’s post. A post which confirmed the booklet was provided as material for a sex ed course in the opening line.

Here’s the link, https://www.facebook.com/agathatheslowtortoise/posts/741950835884958

You should read the entire post. It should allay any doubts you have regarding the content of the booklet & the verbal portions of the workshop she attended. You won’t have any trouble understanding her. When I say fluent I mean higher than our own standards in North America.


#21

Thanks, and thanks the other people that posted this. So yeah, apparently it does end up saying no means yes.