As the media source for those who want America to return to the good old days when women didn't seek out education and good jobs; but, rather were satisfied in the role as wife and mother. If you think I'm kidding, just check out Fox & Friends' warm embrace of Susan Patton, the feminist hating "Princeton Mom" who thinks that the only reason for a woman to go to college is to snare a man before it's too late. But while Patton's time warp zeitgeist about that MRS degree seems amusing, her belief that young children should not be given information about rape because sexual assault of children isn't really rape is - uh - really sick!
Yesterday, Elisabeth Hasselbeck was clearly agitated as she began the patented "Trouble with Schools" segment. She reported OMG, "college activists in California are demanding that sexual consent be taught to kindergartners to prevent future rape." As she spoke Fox framed the message that this is very bad: "Too Much, Too Soon, Activists Want Sexual Consent Taught to K-12." She informed us that these activists feel that "college is too late to learn about bodily autonomy and respect." (Only on Fox would this be considered inappropriate.) After citing CDC stats that show 42.2% of women were raped before they turned 18, she asked if "there is an argument for this early education or is it going too far, too soon." She introduced her guests Alexis McGill Johnson of the Perception Institute (she didn't mention that Johnson is also the Chair of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America) and, drum roll please, Susan Patton.
Hasselbeck asserted that "something has to be done, it's just a matter of what and when." She asked "if kindergarten is too early." Johnson said that she has discussed bodily matters with her young children and that it's important to empower children to "have ownership of their bodies." She added that when they get to college, "it's too late."
Given that the Christian right opposes school sex-ed Hasselbeck's question to Patton, about whether schools should teach it, wasn't surprising. Cue the crazy talk. Patton didn't think that this was proper. She started to say that talking to kindergartners "about rape prevention" and veered off into commentary about how the CDC rape stats are questionable. (So whose stats does she trust?) She asked - wait for it - "is that really rape?" She claimed that "numbers" about rape and sexual assault frequency are questionable and have been debunked. She described the CDC numbers as "a huge exagerration."
She ranted about how "absurd" it is to teach kindergartners is "absolutely absurd." Hasselbeck asked if Patton would object to using different terminology (rather than rape) in teaching children about their bodies. Patton continued the crazy talk: "I think what we're talking about here is body awareness or bullying or verbal harassment or recognize what somebody else's space is and don't violate it and don't touch it, and keep your hands to yourself," she continued. This isn't sex-ed, these are manners. And just like I don't think sex-ed belongs in school. We shouldn't be teaching sex-ed in school, that's something parents should be teaching their children, manners which is really what we're talking about here. Keep your hands to yourself, don't be bullying anybody, you don't touch somebody, you don't want them to touch you, you tell them not to. Again, this is manners, this isn't sex ed… And even that should be taught at home." The chyron distorted the issue by suggesting that sex-ed was about teaching kids to consent to sex: 'Kindergarten Sex-Ed, Activists Want to Teach Kids To Say 'Yes Means Yes'."
After Patton ended her filibuster, Johnson commented that not all parents speak to their kids about sex. Hasselbeck asked if the "schools will get it right." Johnson correctly noted that those areas with abstinence only education have higher rates of teen pregnancy. She spoke to the veracity of the rape stats. Hasselbeck wrapped it up with a nice propaganda bow in acknowledging that sex-ed is important "but it's a question of where and when" and who "can be trusted to teach it well."
This being Fox, Hasselbeck didn't mention that the group, rightfully, believes that students "get to universities and we expect them to behave like they’re supposed to without any prior understanding of what consent looks like." She also didn't mention that according to Meghan Warner, director of the Associated Students of the University of California Sexual Assault Commission, "consent education also covers verbal harassment, healthy relationships -- romantic or otherwise -- and being aware of people's space."
But WTF? It's bad enough that Patton thinks college women are making false accusations of rape, but she also thinks that if kids say they have been assaulted it's really no big deal because they're just victims of "bad manners." (Not a "legitimate rape?) Seriously?