Wednesday, October 8, 2014

It’s Not That Complicated

It is heartening to note that not all our youngsters have been subjugated by the Ministry of Education (MOE) into mindless automatons to be fed like grist to the mill of the economic machinery. Student Agatha Tan of Hwa Chong Institution attended a school workshop conducted by Focus on the Family (FotF), and discovered to her horror that "bigotry is very much alive". The “It’s Uncomplicated” FotF workshop which the students had to sit through could easily pass off as handiwork of the misogynistic Taliban.

In defence, FotF head of corporate communications Ms Vicky Ho said that the workshop "is designed to be a relationship programme to help young people unravel the world of the opposite sex, uncover the truths of love and dating, and reveal what it takes to have healthy and meaningful relationships."

What is revealed is the booklet distributed to the captive audience - FotF has been approved by Minister Heng Swee Keat's MOE to run sex education programmes in schools since 2009 - states as gospel truth that boys are "visual", and that a "guy can't not want to look", and they have a desire to "visually linger on and fantasise about the female body". That has to be a shameless plug for promoting burqa attire.

You have to agree with poor Agatha when she concluded that FotF sends a dangerous message: that you should always assume that a girl means something else (like “yes”) when really she just means “no”. Even "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus" author John Gray wouldn't go that far. Michael Kimmel, a professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University, in his 2008 lecture at Middlebury College in Vermont, titled "Venus, Mars, or Planet Earth? Women and Men in a New Millennium", contends that the perceived differences between men and women are ultimately a social construction, and that socially and politically, men and women want the same things.

A proselytizing group should be the last choice to be tasked the sensitive subject of sexuality education. Especially when some of them actually subscribe to a tenet that women folk are not fit to preach from the pulpit. The dishonourable bit is that they actually went to the schools with a hidden agenda.

Major Mariam al-Mansuri made history as United Arab Emirates’ first female pilot and F-16 team leader in the  airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). You can bet this lady means business when she says "yes", she won't be hesitating with the trigger for the bomb load. Thank you, Agatha, for firing your broadside.
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  1. Would be interesting to see the entire material. Any guy who has been around will tell you girls are as horny as guys. This kind of session could actually teach valuable things, but they have lost credibility with this nonsense. It is true guys are less able to hide their interest. It is a stretch to say girls don't have powerful sexual urges. It is social conditioning that makes them hide it.

  2. So MOE is wasting our taxpayer money on this propaganda that cannot even con a JC "gal"?

  3. Almost pioneer generation person10/09/2014 8:59 AM

    I am so glad that Miss Agatha spoke up. Memories of how this religious group tried to wrestle control of a women's association and preach their faith still sadden me.

  4. What about the MOE teacher who gave her pupil a copy of "Eat, Pray, Love" and then robbed him of his virginity? Who was the horny one? The guy or the gal?

  5. All these religious fundamentalists trying to drag society back to the Middle Ages.....

    1. Fundamental?
      Middle ages was nothing.

      Try going further back before common era (CE).
      Women were 2nd after the goat, and its legal.

  6. When it comes to adulterous relationships committed by either spouse, no amount of Family type counselling is going to help anyone. If can, our divorce rate wouldn't go up like f**k.

    Put it this way, everyone likes to f**k around, nothing to do with one's religious background. And when your spouse can no longer perform or no longer appealling, what can of advice can FotF really offer ... fly kite & shoot the aeroplane ?

  7. Bravo, Agatha Tan. One wonders how much the MSF and MOE are infiltrated by the Christian group which is advocating it’s so-called "family values".

    "Uncomplicated", a workshop which has been running since 2009, was developed by the Focus On The Family (FOFT) together with the SDU of the Ministry of Social Development and Family (MSF). “An MSF spokesperson confirmed that the ministry had vetted the contents of the workshop in a way similar to the MOE’s processes for sexuality education programmes,” the TODAY newspaper reported on Thursday. Was the MSF impartial when Jason Wong was the Excecutive Director of the SDU?

    The uniquitous Jason Wong:
    - Chairman of FOTF, known for promoting it's brand of "family values" and discrimination against the LGBT.
    - Elder of Full Gospel Business (FGB) whose goal is to “penetrate the marketplace” with knowledge of the Christian faith.
    - Executive Director of Honour (Singapore) whose board is full of the same Christian group.
    - Member of COMPASS (COMmunity and PArents in Support of Schools) an adviser to the MOE home-school-community collaborations since 1998.
    - Formerly Executive Director in the Ministry of Social Development and Family (now MSF).

  8. Simply keep religious and pressure groups out of the school system.

  9. I say let in the muslims, hindus, buddhists, taoists too. Lets be fair !