Retired sexual health educator and children's author, with a lifelong passion for women's and children's rights and social justice issues.
Ruth Miller is a retired sexual health educator and children's author, with a lifelong passion for women's and children's rights and social justice issues. Ruth worked for 20 years at Toronto Public Health. She has written on subjects concerning reproductive rights, sexual health, the ending of corporal punishment of children. She has three children, four grandchildren and three grand-dogs.
No child deserves to be hit. There are things that children do that anger parents, or that put the child or others at risk, or are socially unacceptable, but there is never a reason to hit another human being to discipline or teach. What does this mean, in plain language? It means parents should not be allowed to hit or spank their children.
At the clinic I rarely met women, young or old, who understand their fertility and what happens during the menstrual cycle. They all know about the blood, although not always why they bleed. But few know anything about what happens between periods. No one has told them. Why have we kept this information from young women? Why do we tell them they can get pregnant any time of the month? If it's to encourage young people to use protection when they have sex, it doesn't seem to work.
The opponents of the new curriculum don't realize that masturbation was included in the old curriculum too. They are trying to close a barn door that was open long ago. What we used to say in puberty classes was that masturbation can't hurt you. It's a human thing to do.