2009 Healthy Youth Act plans to change North Carolina’s sex-ed from abstinence only to an abstinence based comprehensive curriculum. This is great news, and it needs vocal support against the usual suspects. I fully support this change, but I wish there were some mention of masturbation as another option; what else kills the two birds of relieving sexual energy and providing 100% protection against pregnancy or disease? Masturbation is the only middle road between partnered sex outside of a faithfully monogamous relationship and no sex. I don’t necessarily envision instructors demonstrating techniques, but masturbation isn’t a dirty word or act. Dr. Jocelyn Elders was ahead of her time fifteen years ago. However, I suspect we will have to wait another fifteen or more years before masturbation can come out of the closet. I didn’t catch this on my first reading, but this morning I had to laugh at: “a mutually faithful monogamous heterosexual relationship in the context of marriage is the best lifelong means of avoiding sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS”; I guess not all mutually faithful monogamous relationships are safe. Below is the email I sent to the House’s primary sponsors with my other state elected officials carbon copied. Surprisingly I didn’t receive a reply.