Feds Over-Informing Girls
GirlsHealth.gov is a website created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2002. It is aimed at helping girls ages 10-16 “learn about growing up.” “Growing up” is an interesting euphemism for the type of information the federal government now offers directly to girls as young as ten.
The website defines masturbation and offers the commentary, “From a medical point of view, experts say it’s almost always not a problem — unless it’s interfering with your responsibilities or your social life.” Among other topics are anal sex, the clitoris, and pubic lice. The website addresses “club drugs,” saying they are “most often found at events like parties, dance clubs, raves, and concerts.” GirlsHealth.gov tells girls that date rape drugs, methamphetamine, ecstasy, and LSD “can possibly make you very sick … and can have a big effect on your mind and can cause you to make poor decisions.” A dozen slang words for cocaine and crack are offered at the website.
One statement at GirlsHealth.gov claims:
Having information can help you take care of yourself and feel more confident. Here at girlshealth.gov you can check out lots of helpful information, from the plusses of abstinence to different types of birth control and much more.
The website tells girls about dating. There is a “Rate Your Date” interactive tool that allows girls to make decisions on pretend dates and then get feedback on possible outcomes of choices they’ve made.
Girls can follow GirlsHealth.gov on Facebook and can receive Twitter messages about a variety of subjects from the website. Recent messages encouraged girls to make a video addressing dating violence for which they may win a $500 prize. Another Tweet encouraged girls to get the HPV vaccine.