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Massachusetts Lawmakers Say Sex Education Website "Disgusting"

April 28, 2011

On Tuesday, state Department of Public Health officials said they are receptive to discussing changes to a teen sexual health website that some legislators criticize as graphic and crude. A group of state lawmakers has sent Gov. Deval Patrick a letter asking that state funding be cut for www.mariatalks.com. The independent AIDS Action Committee maintains the site with a $100,000 annual DPH grant.

The website features "Maria" and other invented teen and adult characters who discuss subjects including sex, STDs, pregnancy, birth control, and abortion. Critics object to the site's use of slang terms, its descriptions of sex acts, and the information it provides on abortion.

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Comment by: Michael (Tallahassee, FL) Tue., May. 10, 2011 at 9:28 am EDT
As a social worker who works with HIV+ children, I think this is a great website. I found nothing offensive or 'disgusting' about it. It is informative and speaks in a language teenagers can understand. Of course old, rich, out-of-touch lawmakers don't get it, which is why it's such a great site. It wasn't made for them! Keep it up!
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Comment by: Republicans = Threat (Oklahoma City, OK) Thu., May. 5, 2011 at 1:10 pm EDT
Republicans, who represent the majority of Americans solicit support from people that believe:
homosexuality is a choice (and a "wrong" one) abortion is murder
Christianity is about what you believe
The Bible was written by Jahweh
sex is dirty
hormones don't influence children's behavior
government, (except military) is bad
rich people rock
poor people suck
Americans are stupid and can be easily manipulated to act against thier own self-interests
only white men should be Presidents


The evil website dares to speak in a language that teens understand and to provide information how they might avoid disease, unwanted pregnancy, and violence.

How dare you support such a program with tax dollars.

I'm disgusted to the point of projectile vomiting with the "majority" of Americans who voted Republican and support this mentality. Hopefully, the Republicans will win the Senate and the White House and completely take over ruling America.

That would certainly be adequate revenge for any of our enemies.
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