Katelyn Campbell was the vice president of the Student Body at George Washington High School.
Pam Stenzel is a Christian agony aunt type lady who gives out really bad sexual health advice and is an advocate of “Abstinence only Education” which to me is like “Endeavour to not Got Sick” as a method of disease prevention.
Let’s get this straight. When you educate any group of people about sex education and contraception the first thing you tell people is this. If you have sex you stand the chance of getting pregnant. The stupid thing to get from this statement is not “Don’t Have Sex” but “USE PROTECTION”. You stand the chance of dying in a car accident if you drive. The stupid thing to get here is “Don’t Drive” not “Wear Seatbelts, follow the rules and don’t drink”.
Well Pam Stenzel was invited to speak at GW High School (GWHS) to speak on sex education and Ms. Campbell stood against this invite. And she alleges that her Principal threatened to call the college (Wellesley) she is planning to attend to report that she has “bad character”. Considering my knowledge of Wellesley? They would probably give her a fucking scholarship.
Pam Stenzel has a terrible approach to teen sexuality not just for her abstinence only education but also the inflammatory fear mongering that is designed to terrify teenagers of each others genitals. And worse, she uses arguments that make “no sense” to an adult but are terrifying to a kid. At GWHS she told students that the usage of birth control indicates that their mother hates them. She also mentioned that Pam Stenzel has the mystical ability to detect people who are “promiscuous”. Because if you are going to bullshit about condoms being unsafe and that every instance of sexual contact will lead to a sexually transmitted disease then you may as well claim that your super power is “detecting sluts”.
Well Campbell refused to attend this event of bad medical advice which was funded by a conservative religious organisation called “Believe in West Virginia” and advertised the event as “God’s plan for sexual purity”. She instead filed a complaint with the ACLU (America Civil Liberties Union) and began to speak out about her objections to the school sponsored events. Campbell claims her presentations are designed to make students uncomfortable and are tantamount to slut shaming. Well the principal didn’t see anything wrong with bringing religion into the school saying that “The only way to guarantee safety is abstinence. Sometimes, that can be a touchy topic, but I was not offended by her.”. Which is amusing since it’s like suggesting the only way to not get killed in a car accident is to stay at home. But you are more likely to be murdered by a loved one! OH NO! RISKS!
The Principal then responded after she spoke to the press with “How would you feel if I called your college and told them what bad character you have and what a backstabber you are?” driving Campbell to tears by threatening her future in exchange for his personal agenda and to prevent her receiving any support from other students who may suffer in the same way.
The injunction will protect her freedom of speech and help provide better sexual health. West Virginia has the 9th Highest Teen Pregnancy rate and Pam Stenzel’s invite doesn’t help. Real education is vital to such teenagers. The Principal was a big fan of abstinence only education and even banned the school nurse from providing proper advice on obstetric and gynaecology care and she was banned from telling girls about contraception and abortion services.
This is a problematic trend where figures such as Stenzel are considered as appropriate providers of medical advice. Pam Stenzel gives young teenagers bad healthcare advice with many millions across the world viewing her videos. She repeatedly tells kids that basic contraception isn’t safe. She uses pseudo-science and religious arguments to not use contraception as if it were hard science. By the age of 18 it is estimated that 60 percent of young adults are misinformed about birth control’s effectiveness and some of those people choose not to use it because they assume it won’t make any difference. States that lack proper sex ed have the highest rate Predictably, the states that lack adequate sex ed requirements are also the states that have the highest rates of teen pregnancy and STDs.
Amusingly enough? Wellesley College has responded to the threats that being anti-Pam Stenzel will cause Katelyn Campbell to lose her spot there by guaranteeing her the seat. Because a “liberal women’s arts college” was going to back the slut shaming abortionist.