The mums fighting against ‘sexualising kids’
A VICTORIAN mother has claimed schools were wrong for teaching students about sex and masturbation.
Marijke Rancie made an explosive video last month about how the Safe Schools program is trying to "erase gender" and reappeared on Mark Latham's Outsiders program this week fuming about students using plasticine vaginas in a class about masturbation.
The woman known online as 'Political Posting Mummy' told the former Labor leader that her son - who is in year 7 - came home upset after the lesson.
"They were given things like plasticine and pipe cleaners and obviously I thought, 'this is health class'," she said.
"Are we talking reproductive system? What are we doing here?
"It was very clear it was made as a sexual organ. So he had to sculpt it, as he knew it, and then he was redirected to make a clitoris and the labia.
"Really? Thirteen years old and he said to me, 'Mum, it was really creepy'."
Audio was played on the Outsiders program from the sex education class.
"It's very easy for boys. There's a penis and I touch it," a female adult is heard saying.
"For girls it's a little bit different. Do girls masturbate? Yes."
A Victorian Department of Education and Training spokesman said there was a lot of misinformation being presented to the community about this topic.
"Sex education has been taught in Victorian government schools for decades," he said.
"School-based sexuality education is one of the learning and teaching responsibilities a school undertakes to equip its students for a healthy life.
"Sexuality education is delivered in an age-appropriate manner in line with students' ages, abilities and emotional development, taking into consideration the needs and context of the school community.
"In the primary years, sexuality education focuses on understanding our bodies, how they grow and change, age appropriate information on how babies are conceived, pregnancy and puberty, as well as help seeking.
"In the secondary years, sexuality education has more of a focus on puberty, safe sex and minimising risk, contraception, healthy relationships and help seeking.
"The Department of Education and Training provides evidence-based teaching and learning resources for teachers to use as they see fit to support delivery of comprehensive sexuality education."
But Ms Rancie - a member of the Australian Liberal Party and Australian Christian Lobby - has slammed the Safe Schools program.
In a video posted online last month, Ms Rancie claimed children were exposed to dildos in the classroom and they were being taught how to masturbate with household items.
"I kid you not, the rumours about this program are 100 per cent true - the program sexualises children," Ms Rancie claimed in her online rant.
"Safe Schools is teaching your children anal sex and anal sex positions. It's teaching them STIs like it's no big deal. The concept is hyper, hyper-sexual. I'm not OK with that. This is grooming."
Ms Rancie has attended anti-Safe Schools forums alongside Cella White, the woman who made headlines for appearing in an anti same-sex marriage ad.
She claimed her son's school, Frankston High School, told him he could wear a dress and use female toilets. She was also outraged her child was told to refer to a transgender person by their requested pronoun.
"What is the benefit to my son? He's got a learning disability, he's struggling with his times tables, he doesn't need to deal with this," she told the Herald Sun last year.
At the time Frankston High School principal John Albiston said the school accepted all students and people regardless of cultural origin, disabilities and gender.
"Joining the Safe Schools Coalition is about informing staff and learning how these young people can be supported - we are not encouraging boys to wear dresses or do anything different to what they've always done," he said.
According to Fairfax Media, a number of others have joined Ms Rancie and Ms White on the frontline to fight the Safe Schools program.
Former councillor Christine Stow who ran a Safe Schools "information session", former Liberal candidate Moira Deeming and Liberal member Vikki Fitzgerald have teamed up against Safe Schools. Other mothers Paige Yap and Rosemary Wheeler are also involved.
Earlier this year Ms Fitzgerald passed out a leaflet in Education Minister James Merlino's electorate on behalf of the Parents Speaking Out Group.
Fairfax Media reports a number of the woman also voiced support for federal MP Michael Sukkar, a conservative who has spoken at an anti-Safe Schools forum for the Chinese community.
A flyer advertising the forum made false claims the Safe Schools program encouraged school students to act like homosexuals and bisexuals "so that they will conform to new age ideas of gender".
The Victorian education department has been contacted for comment.