Sexual orientation education debates trend on social media in South Africa. The subject galvanizes both those in the LGBTQ community and plenty of others.
Sexual orientation education debate kicked off by entertainer Lasizwe
Sexual orientation civil rights are liberal in South Africa. Notably, the country features as the only African state that permits same-gender marriage. Recently, Lasizwe, a South African entertainer set a cat amongst the pigeons through a tweet. There, he suggested sexual orientation teaching in schools.
Twitterati debate storm
As a result, his simple question created a storm. Twitterati posted debates ranging from agreement to racism.
I believe we need to start educating kids from the ages of 7 about homosexuality and make them understand about same sex love.
— Lasizwe (@lasizwe) August 23, 2020
Actually many, sexual educators agree with Laziswe. But, even they seem reluctant at pinpointing an appropriate age. Comments reacting to the tweet covered a full range of emotions. @Munyai_Gundo commented, “Wena teach your own kids and leave our kids out of this nonsense of homosexuality.” Meanwhile, @Mr Handsome_ZA calls out those with same-gender preferences. He feels people have no right dictating hoe parents should raise their children.
Interestingly, Buta states a clear argument, suggesting his education about heterosexuality didn’t make him straight.
It's so weird that heterosexual people believe teaching their chike about sexuality is trying to turn them gay but we as homosexuals have been force fed heteronormativity all our lives,did we complain that we're trying to be "turned straight"?y'all need to think.
— 𝕻𝖚𝖙𝖆. (@tsheposkyy) August 23, 2020
Additionally, Simon agrees that education potentially reduces discrimination.
Another proof of how homophobic people are out there …my understanding of the tweet is that it says teach kids about homosexuality n not TURN KIDS INTO HOMOSEXUAL …for me it means teaching those who are not homosexual to understand those who are 🤷🏿♂️🤷🏿♂️🤷🏿♂️🤷🏿♂️
— SIMONSAYS (@SiloloMasilo) August 25, 2020
Others seem infuriated by the suggestion.
If my child becomes gay how do I get my grand children? 🤔😩 maybe it would be better discussing if he/she wants to be gay while he is still in his mother womb, at least it won’t be too late to do an abortion.
— Cloud☁️⭐️🐐 (@SMILE09548266) August 23, 2020
Professor Labby Ramrathan
Interestingly, according to the article in IOL, Professor Labby Ramrathn from KwaZulu’s School of Education made a good point. Labby said, “There are high levels of violence in our communities towards people [with differences]… we need to expose our learners … as early as possible … but what should be exposed at what level is a question that needs wide consultation.”
Additionally, Ramrathan points to a five-year-old’s techno capability as an example of how children adapt to a range of things.
Importantly, almost all the educational experts and unions commenting, seemed positive and open. However, no one seems prepared to indicate at what age sexual orientation may be introduced.
Meanwhile, One tweeter thinks people should leave the kids alone.
Teach kids to be kids !! pic.twitter.com/rxpRYzAXjW
— August 🇿🇼 (@zet_zw) August 23, 2020
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