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Fox News’ Steve Doocy’s freaks out: Kids shouldn't know about genitals, transgender people or other "stuff that's gross"

The "Fox & Friends" host was appalled at the suggestion that 4-year-olds be taught the names of their genitalia


Jenny Kutner
June 1, 2015 9:20PM (UTC)

Fox News host Steve Doocy still doesn't seem to understand trans issues, which shouldn't come as much of a surprise -- but he also revealed what he really thinks about sex and sexuality during a debate on Monday's edition of "Fox & Friends," where he essentially characterized sex education as something that might give one the cooties.

Discussing a recent PBS "Newshour" report on a Dutch sex education program for four-year-olds, Doocy spoke with parenting blogger Cherie Corso and former teacher Whitney Neal, who butted heads over the appropriate ways to teach children about their bodies. The host seemed positively disgusted at Corso's assertion that U.S. students would be better off if schools adopted the Dutch curriculum, because it can help them make sense of the sexually explicit images to which they're exposed online and in the media.

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"When you were 4 years old, you didn’t have the Internet, you didn’t have the Web, you weren’t bombarded by these sexually explicit messages like the kids are today," Corso explained. "The earlier we start teaching kids about sexuality and being responsible for your body, there is lower teen birth rates, there is lower amounts of sexual abuse because they can identify it sooner."

"Certainly that's a dialogue that should happen, but at age four?" Doocy asked in disbelief.

"Not at age four -- and not in school," Neal responded. "A parent has the right to decide when and how they want to discuss these issues with their child."

When Corso went on to describe how she recently explained the concept of being "transsexual" to her 11-year-old daughter, Doocy -- who notoriously can't seem to wrap his mind around what it means to be transgender -- responded by asserting that young children shouldn't really be using the Internet anyway, and therefore shouldn't learn about "gross" things.

"At age 11, a lot of kids have questions because they have smartphones and stuff like that," Doocy said. "But you would think at age four, that most parents would not allow kids to be on the Internet to fish around for stuff that’s gross."

Watch the exchange, via Raw Story, below:

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