Talkin’ AIDS with Kids!

If your parents were like mine and neglected to ever give you a straight up facts of life talk, your sex education probably consisted mostly of 7th grade health class, “special episodes” of your favorite shows in which someone gets molested by a creepy neighbor, and/or a lot of furtive time online. But chances are, no matter how open-minded and liberal your parents were, they didn’t go into much more detail than what euphemism goes into what other euphemism to produce the magic that is you until you were at least in imminent danger of going all pubescent on them.

In the new documentary “Please Talk to Kids About AIDS”, the adorable kindergarten-age daughters of two filmmakers tag along with their parents to the 2006 International AIDS Conference in Toronto, where they were filmed interviewing top AIDS experts, gay activists, condom distributors, drag performers, and sex toy salespeople, resulting in a lot of awkwardness and interesting connotations about how much explicit information kids can safely handle. Apparently the girls took most of it in stride:

Sevilla did say she was scared twice — once by an African guerrilla theater skit showing a village massacre and an orphaned girl forced into a sugar-daddy relationship, once by learning what a sex worker did. “I know it’s a job,” she said, “but it’s a weird job.”

From the mouths of babes! You can watch the entire 26-minute documentary here for free.

6 thoughts on “Talkin’ AIDS with Kids!

  1. Sam

    My mom teaches English as a second language in city schools, and she’s been saying for a long time that NCLB worsens the situation rather than helping it.

  2. Sam

    My mom teaches English as a second language in city schools, and she’s been saying for a long time that NCLB worsens the situation rather than helping it.

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