BREAKING: Raunchy ‘Sexy Summer Camp’ Markets Itself to Kids

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A sexual education nonprofit in rural Kentucky has sparked internet outrage after it was revealed that children have access to some of their raunchier programming. 

The Manhattan Institute’s Christopher Rufo reported Thursday morning that the nonprofit Sexy Sex Ed sponsored a virtual “Sexy Summer Camp” last summer that included seminars named “The Three P’s: Pee, Poop, and Pleasure;” “Self-Managed Abortion Info Share;” and “Sex on Drugs.” Other seminars refer to hiring or being a sex worker, why the true definitions of gender “might be different from what we learned in school,” BDSM, and masturbation practice (on hands). 

“Sexy Sex Ed is a workshop series that compels teenagers and people of all ages to openly discuss personal and political consent, sexual safety, and anatomy,” the organization’s website explained. “Using visual & performance art, open dialogue, and popular education methods, Sexy Sex Ed fills a vital gap in reproductive education as a creative, cultural healing solution in rural Appalachia.”

Photos on the website from previous workshops appear to show teenagers drawing and labeling reproductive organs and asking questions like “How to have an orgasm with a partner?” While some more innocuous programming makes it clear that it is intended for all ages, the organization’s Facebook page said last year that all of the summer camp’s programming was available to children aged 13 and up. 

The website’s COVID response section also states that “this is a confusing and lonely time, and let’s be honest, people are horny. Email or DM us your address/ needs and we’ll mail you condoms, no questions asked.”

Several of the organization’s educators say that they work with children, as well as organizations like Planned Parenthood, the American Association of Sexuality Educators, and the Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards. Sexy Sex Ed’s founder, Tanya Turner, describes herself as a “femme, fat, queer, magical pleasure worker, educator, and artist.” 

“With over a decade of rural organizing practice toward healing, abolition, and liberation, she fantasizes about a whole other world,” her bio explains. “Tanya lives high on a Kentucky mountaintop with lots of plants, a steamy hot tub, and several furry familiars.”

It’s great for interested adults to learn about topics like these from good sex educators,” said Geoffrey Miller, a professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico and an expert on human sexual behavior. “It’s weird to be pushing this agenda on to kids, and it makes the whole sex education subculture look ghoulish and creepy.”

Garion Frankel
Garion Frankel is a graduate student at Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service with a concentration in education policy and management. He is a Young Voices contributor, and Chalkboard Review’s breaking news reporter.