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The New York Times, a “woke” newspaper, has come to the defense of a radical feminist and social justice warrior who teaches “pornography literacy classes” to little children.
Justine Ang Fonte, who describes herself on LinkedIn as an “intersectional health educator fighting for a more sex-positive world,” provoked outrage among parents of children at an elite Manhattan private school when the New York Post revealed that she was teaching their kids about masturbation and porn.
The lessons on porn reportedly included an overview of porn genres, including “incest-themed,” “barely legal,” “kink” and “BDSM,” and a look at the most searched pornographic terms of 2019, including “creampie,” “anal,” “gangbang” and “stepmom.”
The lesson on masturbation, meanwhile, included a disturbing cartoon showing little children talking among themselves about “touching themselves” for pleasure.
The outrage that ensued following the publication of the Post’s report led to Fonte resigning in disgrace early last month.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 13, 2021
Weeks later, the Times is now trying to rehabilitate her career.
“Multiple sex educators interviewed for this article said there was nothing inappropriate about her classes there or at Columbia. All of it was in line with current National Sex Education Standards and the World Health Organization’s International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education,” the paper wrote Wednesday.
“The national standards are also used in public schools in New York City, where students in grades 6 through 12 take lessons on sexuality as part of their health education. Parents can opt out of certain aspects of the program,” the paper added.
The Times neglected to mention that the World Health Organization is no longer considered a credible organization.
The thing i cant get over here is that the writer keeps coming back to “the W.H.O. says x is okay” as a justification for any criticism.
— Stephen Kent (@Stephen_Kent89) July 8, 2021
The paper also failed to mention Fonte’s lessons about porn genres and pornographic terms. It did however address her masturbation video.
“The material for her first-grade class never used the term ‘masturbation,’ Ms. Fonte said recently. The lesson was about private parts being private and included a cartoon in which two characters use anatomically correct names for their genitals and say that sometimes it feels good to touch them,” the paper defensively wrote.
She never *said* masturbation
she just showed a cartoon explaining how little boys and girls could touch themselves for pleasure
see that’s *totally* different https://t.co/WI4iBPj2Lz
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) July 8, 2021
After publishing the piece, the Times tweeted the story and claimed that “pornography literacy classes … teach students how to critically assess what they see on the screen.”
This tweet was quickly ratioed by critics, including parents, asking “what were they thinking.”
Pornography literature class? There is no plot, no writing skills & no cleanliness among the actors in pornography flicks. Were the real literature classes all booked up?
Porno lit is appropriate for college, but it has no place, or value, in high school. What were they thinking?
— Ponder (@Washyourowndish) July 7, 2021
And we’re somehow supposed to be surprised or disagree with the parents reaction?? No crap!! Why on earth would ANY parent want a school teacher exposing their kid to PORN?! Kids shouldn’t be taught how to access porn, they should be taught to avoid it. Why? BECAUSE THEY’RE KIDS!
— Josh Mansfield (@CatholicJosh122) July 7, 2021
I am a fair minded, liberalish ret’d educator but I’d be damned if anyone is going to show my kids porn for ANY reason! There are some things that are subjective and I see no value in learning how to assess porn, short of a grad class in film making! Even then…
— Somebody’s daughter (@imadickens) July 8, 2021
Teaching children about sexual activities is a parent’s responsibility – NOT the teachers. This is crossing the line.
— Cate (@ZaktheCat) July 8, 2021
Media literacy that teaches students how to identify narrative shaping tactics used by the corporate press would benefit them exponentially more than this. Frankly, it should be a requirement these days
— Invisible Constituent (@JustGreggo) July 7, 2021
A number of prominent conservative blue checkmarks on Twitter also slammed the piece, including Live Action founder Lila Rose and former Trump administration speechwriter Billy Gribbin.
Porn is not “sex-positive.” That’s like saying rat poison is a vitamin. Porn is dehumanizing to everyone involved & damaging to healthy sexuality.
Also—instructing 5 year olds about masturbation is sexual abuse & any adult involved should be criminally charged. https://t.co/Ybx8gH2EQR
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) July 8, 2021
Let’s add the New York Times to the list of periodicals that promote sexuality to children. Now way are kids supposed to learn about masterbation in the first grade. These people are sick and need to be institutionalized or incarcerated. https://t.co/f4eyyDhr01
— Barrington Martin II (@_BarringtonII) July 8, 2021
It speaks volumes about the people who run these schools that they did not see the problem. https://t.co/8KMIXnza3G
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) July 8, 2021
Thank you for profiling these perverted teachers who want to expose children to pornography.
— Billy Gribbin (@BillyGribbin) July 8, 2021
The Times’ rush to defend Fonte is, it would appear, yet another example of elite left-wing discourse and desires not even closely matching the discourse and desires of everyday Americans.
It’s a dichotomy increasingly seen in every single issue. The elites say “defund the police,” but the working class votes for a former cop. The elites say “teach the kids masturbation,” but the working class drives the teacher out of school.
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