Articles From the April 1994 Unification News


College Students urged to "Survive the Sexual Revolution"

by Gary Caron-NYC

A new educational presentation for reaching college students about the consequences of the revolution in sexual attitudes and values that took place in the U.S. and around the world starting in the 1960's was released by the Center for Educational Media in March, 1994. The inaugural program was presented to approximately 30 students at Mt. St. Mary's College in Newburgh, N.Y. on March 30, 1994.

The presentation, called "Surviving the Sexual Revolution", consists of 127 slides. The program was presented by Richard A. Panzer who has developed several educational programs that deal with love and sexuality including a recently released 40 page booklet, Love, Sex, and AIDS: teaching our children in the Age of AIDS which discusses the different approaches to AIDS education, their underlying assumptions and track records. Mr. Panzer is founder of the Center for Educational Media.

One college student's response was: "very realistic, moral values were not imposed, very relevant to our everyday lives. I feel this should be shown to young adolescents to show the realities of sex". Another commented: "not one-sided, shows what happens to children who are not raised by 2 parent families". Another stated: "everyone should watch this starting at Junior High School". Finally, one student stated his agreement with the program's theme: "the sexual revolution has turned sex into just another thing. It's not a meaningful thing anymore."

The slide presentation is divided into two parts. Part One, "Welcome to the World of HIV and other STD's" discusses the explosion in sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) in the U.S. that began after the "Sexual Revolution" in the 60's and 70's. Many graphic slides of gonorrhea, syphilis, condyloma, AIDS, and other STD's are shown as well as of several young men and women who were infected with the AIDS virus as teenagers. Part One concludes by pointing out several studies indicating that the use of contraceptives and condoms is unlikely to reduce the spread of AIDS and any of the other STD's.

Part Two of the presentation discusses the impact of the Sexual Revolution on our society, discussing the shift in attitudes regarding marriage and family . The exponential rise of family breakdown, divorce, and out-of-wedlock births and the link to such chronic problems as crime, poverty, poor physical and mental health, and declining academic performance is documented. The presentation concludes by challenging students to reflect on how their own personal decisions about sex and marriage will affect the future of our country.

The next scheduled presentation will take place at State University of New York at New Paltz on April 28, 1994. For more information about "Surviving the Sexual Revolution", contact Center for Educational Media, P.O. Box 97, Westwood, NJ 07675 or call (201) 358-1504.


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