Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Is GLSEN "Grooming" Children for Sexual Exploitation?

Marcia Segelstein had an excellent summary piece yesterday on Kevin Jennings and GLSEN’s corrupting materials. She helps clarify what GLSEN is really up to in the schools. From , “Obama's un-safe schools czar at OneNewsNow:

This is protecting students?  From what?  Growing up emotionally and psychologically healthy?  This is homosexual pornography, but it would be as appalling and inappropriate if it were heterosexual pornography.  This isn't about preventing bullying.  This is about the sexualization of children.

Which brings me to the subject of "grooming."  The Child Sexual Exploitation Update 2004, Vol. 1, No. 3, published on the website of the National District Attorneys Association, offers this definition:  "'Grooming' is the term used to describe the process by which child molesters build trust with the child to transition from a nonsexual relationship to a sexual relationship in a manner that seems natural and non-threatening....

Child molesters use both adult pornography and child pornography in the grooming process.... Repeated exposure to both adult and child pornography is intended to diminish the child's inhibitions..."

"Grooming" has traditionally been thought of as something done by individuals.  But isn't there an argument to be made that GLSEN, by advocating that children be exposed to sexually explicit material, is guilty of "grooming" school children on an institutional scale?