I Can’t Believe I Have To Protest This Shit: Sexual Education Edition

Not so long ago Polish people went out to the streets to protest yet another absurd law in the making. The protest took place on 16th October, 2019, and I have some things to say about it.

We were protesting a law project mistakenly called ‘Stop Pedophilia‘. You might be wondering what could possibly be wrong with a law that sounds like it’s supposed to protect the children and fight sex crimes against them?

First of all, the project has been endorsed by Ordo Iuris – a catholic lawyer organization that is doing everything they can to sabotage Poland with their religious extremism. I am not going to say who is funding them – I have heard rumors of their entanglement with dangerous Brazilian cult that was more radical than the church itself (in Poland they wanted to introduce the law that would throw women in jail for having an abortion, for example), but I have no ability to verify them. The only thing that is certain is that the stench of propaganda, sabotage and extremism follows them all the way.

The project has been created after a very particular event – publication of Sekielski Brothers’ movie ‘Tell No-one‘ (whole thing is on YouTube, and there are English subtitles available). The movie portrays the situation of pedophilia in church in Poland. Long story short, pedophile priests are protected by the church, moved from parish to parish after their disgusting crimes come to the surface, and they are left consequence-free, meanwhile the victims are left traumatized, without answers and without any help. The catholic church is systematically protecting the pedophiles, they prevent the cases to be investigated, for example by insisting that anything a priest does should be judged and sentenced within the church’es organization. Therefore, the documents regarding all cases are held by the perishes, by the Vatican as well, and the victims are silenced.

You might think – ‘what a wonderful initiative, to investigate those scandalous crimes, and give the voice to the victims. Surely the people must see the truth and help the victims and demand justice‘. Well, no. Not in Poland. Not where almost half of the country treat priests like the Godsend, and the church as holy organization that is the ultimate power and holds the moral high-ground no matter what. Many people reacted with violent negation – they concluded that Sekielski brothers wanted to just attack the church and the traditional model of a Polish family (catholic parents and children).

Current ruling party, PiS (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość / Law and Justice – what a joke) is kissing Vatican’s butt on their knees. They spend billions of PLN on funding one particular priest-businessman, who owns his own TV, university, and plenty of other companies, of course in exchange of telling his church sheeple to vote for the only right party. If you’re shocked, don’t be, they also spend billions on propaganda TV – the TVP station, that is no different than authoritarian regime TV in communist countries.

Last time there was voting regarding where should the 2 billion PLN go – to the dying oncology section of public healthcare, or for the regime TV for more PiS & catholic extremist propaganda – current ruling party outvoted everyone else to send money to the TVP, not to oncology treatments. One of the current ruling party members, Joanna Lichocka, sent a message to the leftist parliament members who wanted to fund the healthcare instead:

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Joanna Lichocka (PiS) shows a middle finger to the leftists and to the oncology patients, after voting to send the funds to TVP station instead | 12th February 2020

After this event, TVP was not ungrateful. They made a short program about the state of Polish oncology healthcare, stating how it’s greatly improved, it’s all fantastic, the ruling party brought so much money to it (all lies), and even manipulated the screen to make it seem like the person positively speaking about them is the famous Polish oncologist – prof. Stanisław Góźdź. Many Polish people wonder just how many steps are awaiting us before we turn into North Korea. Regime propaganda never sleeps.

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On the left: TVP program | On the right: actual prof. Stanisław Góźdź

Now that you know what are the true intentions of people who are behind the ‘Stop Pedophilia‘ project, let’s see what it actually says. The people who support it claim that nowhere it tries to ban sexual education. Except it’s only a half-truth. While the ‘sexual education’ is not mentioned, the text includes penalties for ‘anyhow approving or promoting sexual behaviors in children and teenagers‘. This is written so generally it cannot be treated as law, because there is too much room for misinterpretation, it’s hard to believe that it was done so by mistake. Rather it was made this way just to ban sexual education that would contain any sex-positivism – such as explaining to teenagers that sex is not something evil, sinful, masturbation won’t make you blind and grow hair on your palms insides, and that sexual acts between two consenting adults should be something good, pleasant, and fulfilling.

The law project even includes jail penalty for approving things that are legal. Which means if two teenagers over the age of five-teen (age of consent in Poland, fun fact: watching porn or going to the gynecologist without a guardian is legal from age of eighteen) want to engage in coitus and they ask an adult about contraceptives or general tips, the adult cannot give them any useful information because that could mean he is promoting their behavior. This is utterly absurd.

And healthy tips and guidance is what WHO’s standards include, along with teaching sex and body positivism, acceptance for minorities, etc. And catholic extremist don’t like this kind of positive rhetoric that sexual experience should be good, safe, and make people happy, and that it is something desirable and a natural part of life to be enjoyed. They also dislike the idea of telling children that being gay is okay and you are not a worse category of a person because of that. They dislike also teaching children the idea of consent. Why? They claim it’s because it ‘generates sexual feelings in children‘ and it’s wrong, because they ignore scientific reports that say that children are born as sexual creatures and experience their first sexual desires at the age as young as four.

Not teaching children about consent, and age-appropriate information about sex (and excuse me but experts in WHO who consist of psychologists, sexologists, and pediatricians know better and are way more healthy authorities than religious extremists basing their sexual education on repression, shame, guilt and punishment) leaves them vulnerable to predators. It’s really difficult to overlook that these particular people were behind this particular project that just happens to have this particular result. If they don’t want to punish actual pedophiles in the church, why should we believe they suddenly have children’s well-being at heart?

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‘Aware youth means safe youth’ – my banner at the protest | Gazeta Wyborcza | 16th October 2019| Piotr Molecki / East News
Ankh: "TOSS A COIN TO YOUR FALKA, OH VALLEY O' PLENTY"
Falka: "Hm..."

The idea of correct childcare for those religious extremist consists of:

  • corporal punishment,
  • shaming into blind obedience,
  • religious indoctrination,
  • repression of all needs, including sexual,
  • idea that parent always knows best, even if that means not vaccinating children, because children are a property, not a responsibility,
  • Old Testament view on life and women (and they really hate women).

Everything that modern, scientific and ethical society rejects as the shameful method of the past. The church has brainwashed them into thinking that LGBT+ are the true pedophiles that want to hurt their children (they somehow had to take attention away from the priests after ‘Tell No-one‘), that feminists want to ruin traditional families, and anyone who disagrees with the ‘traditional family model‘ is an enemy. Including people who want to fight domestic violence, marital rape, and child abuse. Because that’s what commonly happens in religious families in Poland (our statistics of alcoholism, children & marital abuse, etc. are off the charts), and they react aggressively to anything and anyone who tries to say it’s not okay.

Same people think it’s oppression and attacking the church that children have to be taught about the Big Bang and evolution at school. They think that teaching children creationism is the equivalent of an education. They are unable to differentiate their religious ideology from rational world anymore. Not that they were ever able to.

That only shows that this project might be called ‘Stop Pedophilia‘ but its purpose is to keep children unaware, leave them to continue to be victims of harmful religious indoctrination, to keep them silent when pedophile priests are preying upon them, and to further stigmatize LGBT+ by preventing even teachers from saying any word of acceptance towards the group. They aren’t against pedophiles. They are against science, healthy humanism, accepting of minorities, and tolerance. They’re also against healthy sexual shaping of young adults, and against their healthy exploration. Everything with heavy endorsement of catholic extremist groups. We, people who actually care about children, cannot sit idle and not protest against this.

Funny-through-tears trivia at the end: PiS uses internet trolls to fight any movement of resistance. For example, I’ve checked few articles about the protest (mainly because my person has been posted on few) in the biggest news portals, and out of curiosity I checked the comments. Almost all of the articles had from twenty up to hundred comments, most of them approving of the protest, and containing critique of our government, the anti-LGBT+ propaganda, and anti-feminist propaganda. One however got my attention in particular:

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Click image for source | Interia.pl

Suddenly, nearly three thousands comments, and 99% of them are just pure garbage insulting the protesters, claiming we were paid (apparently we got paid 30 PLN per day by George Soros. I am still waiting for my money, George.), calling us leftist feminist scum, neo-Marxists, of course there are endless comments about our looks and how ‘nobody wants to fuck us so we want to sexualize children‘, claiming we are the pedophiles, perverts, LGBT+ scum that deserves to die, traitors to Poland, ‘people who speak Polish language but aren’t real Poles‘, and there are even calls for exterminating the protesters.

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I fail to believe that suddenly all PiS’s electorate got internet connection and started to slander people for free. This isn’t the first time they hired internet trolls. There are plenty of examples when ten different Twitter accounts suddenly post the same tweet, usually about something like ‘my cousin had a LGBT+ teacher and he got raped and killed and our family is still mourning‘ or other nonsense, just to discredit the opposition in eyes of simple folk.

To conclude – initiatives such as this one are not only harmful, but downright dangerous. Our sexual education is already extremely bad. To the point where Poland, a country that was the personification of openness, culture, tolerance and acceptance, that was known as ‘the country without stakes‘, a country that used to be so progressive that its hygiene prevented the Black Plague from affecting it, the country that suffered one of the biggest losses during the World War II thanks to the discrimination, and massacre of minorities, now has 30% of its districts introduce the ‘LGBT+ free zones‘. This is what lack of education, and religious extremism lead to.

 

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