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A sex ed instructor is out at a New York City prep school after teaching first graders about masturbation. The New York Times reported that the “sex-positive” teacher, Justine Ang Fonte, resigned in June following outrage from parents. Apparently, some wealthy New Yorkers are still sane enough to oppose such material in first-grade classrooms. Fonte is said to have shown children a cartoon that advised, “It’s OK to touch yourself and see how different body parts feel, but it’s best to only do it in private.” This is disgusting but, sadly, hardly surprising. Fonte is defending her sick lesson in the name of trying to prevent child sex abuse. “I equip [children] with a way that they can exercise body agency and consent, by knowing exactly what those [body] parts are, what they are called, and how to take care of them,” she told The Times. “That was paired with lessons around what are the different ways to say ‘no’? … And why you should never have a secret between a grown-up and you. Because it’s never your responsibility as a child to hold a secret or information of a grown-up.”

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