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Students at Gaia Democratic School in Minneapolis were taken to The Smitten Kitten, a local sex shop.


The Smitten Kitten, definitely not a pet store. (via Facebook)

There's a strong argument to be made for starting kids' sexual education early. Countries that do often report lower instances of teen pregnancy, as well as less regret about early sexual experiences in general. But does that mean schools should take it upon themselves to expose children to the complicated world of adult sexuality? Yes. They just shouldn't bring them to a dildo store without their parents' permission.

That's exactly what happened at Gaia Democratic School, a private K-12 school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Starri Hedges, the director of the school as well as the sex ed teacher, took about a dozen middle- and high-school-aged students on a field trip to The Smitten Kitten, a local sex shop, last week. There, the students had a frank Q&A with sex educators. The event was held in the front library area of the store, and all pornographic materials were hidden for the duration. However, sex toys and other products were in full view the whole time. The educators demonstrated products that could be used for safe sex (not literally), and some students even bought condoms. Hedges was delighted with the result, telling The Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Sources: The Minneapolis Star Tribune