.- After intense protests in the central Spanish region of Castilla-La Mancha, government officials decided to âprovisionally suspendâ four controversial guides for 11-18 year-old girls because of their content promoting lesbianism, abortion and masturbation.
The COPE radio networkâwhich is owned by the Bishopsâ Conference of Spainâdenounced the Womenâs Institute of Castilla-La Mancha for distributing the âguides for girlsâ in the regionâs schools. The Institute had said the purpose of the guides was to âchange thinking and discriminatory behavior in order to achieve a new model of a woman.â
The guides counsel girls to masturbate âcertain concrete partsâ of the body and promote âself-eroticism,â even to the point of suggestingâwith explicit illustrationsâthat âif you have the chance to find someone you trust to give you massages, relax and let goâ¦it will surely make you feel out of this world.â
In addition to promoting abortion as a solution to unwanted pregnancies, the guides also promote homosexual relations. âAnd what if you âespeciallyâ like girls?: You have surely heard that the normal thing is to like boys, but if you educate yourself well and you think a little bit on your own, you will discover that what is natural is that people show love and express themselves sexually, whether with someone of the opposite or of the same,â the guides indicate.
The civil rights watchdog website HazteOir.org denounced the effort to âusurp from parents the right to educate their children, ignoring the obligation to respect the beliefs and values that parents wish to pass on to their children.â
A statement by the regional government said it would stop distributing the guide to schools in the region "on a provisional basis ... to ensure the adaptation of the text to the pedagogical requirements of the school community of Castilla La Mancha."
HazteOir.org called the temporary suspension insufficient and demanded the resignation of the authors of the guides. The websiteâs spokesman, Alejandro Campoy, said it would keep up the pressure on school officials to definitively suspend the distribution of the guides, which he called âfamily-phobic.â
âThis is not about revising or changing the content,â Campoy said. âWhat is at risk here is something much more serious: the invasion by a public authority of an area reserved exclusively to parents, according to article 27 of the Constitution. State-sponsored sex-ed in the schools should be limited to healthy and scientific formation regarding all aspects involved in such an important matter.â
He said to introduce ideologies or morals into the schools without the consent of parents is to impose a sectarian and state-sponsored morality on young people, âin pure Soviet style.â