December 12, 2017

Brazil bans sex education films

After banning the sex education films, Dilma Rousseff has produced her own film with no supporting pictures - only descriptions.

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff has suspended the distribution and production of new sex education films for schools across Brazil.

A government spokesman said President Rousseff had viewed the material personally and decided to suspend its distribution.

“She didn’t like what she saw,” Gilberto Carvalho said.

He said President Rousseff was unhappy with the footage and believed it did not offer an objective picture of homosexuality.

The education packs contain gay and lesbian video scenes and are supposed to combat homophobia.

The “anti-homophobia kits”, as they are known in Brazil, were about to be rolled out by Brazil’s ministry of health and the ministry of education.

Part of the reason for President Rousseff going cold on the sex education films is the opposition from evangelical church groups and their allies in Congress threatened to block any upcoming legislation unless President Rousseff halted the films.

Several members of Brazil’s chamber of deputies with strong evangelic Christian beliefs said the sex education packs encouraged homosexual behaviour.

Of course President Rousseff was viewing the films independently as ‘art’ and not influenced by powerful lobby groups.

Gay and lesbian rights campaigners have expressed serious concerns about distribution of the films being halted.

A leading rights campaigner and congressman, Jean Wyllys, said the decision called into question President Rousseff’s commitment to human rights.

“I voted for her in the last elections,” he said, “because I thought she would defend the rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual citizens.”

“If she doesn’t do a U-turn and change her mind, I will urge all gay people not to vote for her again.”

Ah the life of a politician eh Dilma? It doesn’t matter what you do someone will be angry.

Comments

  1. Gustavo Bitencourt says:

    Actually, the justification by the President herself, recorded on video was “I will not allow propaganda of sexual options endorsed by the government” (yes, she said “options”). When asked about what she thought of the videos that would be distributed, she claimed “I didn’t see them. I only saw excerpts of one video you guys from the press keep on showing”.

    It is important to emphasize Dilma Roussef during presidential campaign put up the image of the Human Rights candidate. She stood up for a National Program of Human Rights, which contains several goals concerning de-criminalization of abortion, gay rights, indigenous population, and sustainable planning.