When Dr. Miriam Grossman became a physician, she thought her biggest battle would be against physical diseases and emotional disorders.
Instead, the American psychiatrist said her biggest battle has been against dangerous ideas, especially the harm in sex education promoted by groups like Planned Parenthood.
"Their priority is not sexual health, it is sexual freedom," said Grossman, the author of You're Teaching My Kid What? A Physician Exposes the Lies of Sex Education and How They Harm Your Child.
"Sex education is a social movement," she said at the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (IMFC) conference here March 11. "Its goal is to change society." Those changes include freeing people from sexual taboos, especially Judeo-Christian morality.
"Kids are being taught they can play with fire," she said.
Waiting rooms like hers are filled with "people who have been burned inside and out."
Planned Parenthood and similar groups are "dangerously exporting" their ideas to the international community, she warned, noting that UNESCO's guidelines on sexual education see sexuality as extending from cradle to grave and that "each person has a right to express their sexuality in whatever way they choose."
"No judging is allowed," Grossman said.
Though these groups claim to offer comprehensive sex education they do not reveal the risks of early sexual activity and multiple partners through sexually transmitted disease (STD), abortion, emotional distress and infertility. The higher risks to girls,women and men who have sex with men are never laid out in the way the risks of smoking or alcohol are, she said.
Instead of basing sexual education on science, it is based on "a vision of how the world should be."
This vision sees no substantive differences between male and female, and no one lifestyle healthier than another. Any perceived differences need to be fought, according to this mindset, she said.
Diseases like chlamydia, HIV, or herpes are treated as "random, equal opportunity" diseases, with no explanation that those who remain virgins until marrying another virgin are involved in 100 per cent risk free sexual activity, she said.
Modern sexual education techniques are based on the fraudulent research of Alfred Kinsey, whom Grossman describe as a "deeply disturbed individual," who took an "anything goes" approach to the sexual appetite.