Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mexico's Wingnuts

Guanajuato, the center of the wing of Mexican conservatism that most closely resembles the American far right (at least on social issues), finds itself in a textbook controversy. The middle school biology textbook in use this year blurs out pictures of male and female genitalia and removes their names; refers to masturbation as a "selfish pleasure"; condemns unwanted pregnancies; and refers to life beginning at conception. Questioned about the books, the state's governor said that since the children already see sexuality in fifth grade, there was no need to spend any more time on it. 

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