This post was submitted by friend of GC:PVD Megan Andelloux (A.A.S.E.C.T Certified Sexuality Educator, A.A.S.E.C.T Mentor, A.C.S Board Certified Sexologist). Monday night (11/30/09), she will be going before the Pawtucket Zoning Board of Review to defend her right to educate adults about the topics of sexual health and pleasure. Find out more info on upcoming workshops & sexuality questions at OhMegan.com.
You may have heard about it in the news, The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. It’s the name on many individuals lips. The CSPH has been called a sexual pleasure center, a sex clinic, a sexual health center, a brothel, an abortion clinic, a sex toy store and a havenhouse for sex trafficking. Let me clear rumors folks, The CSPH is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing accurate information to adults about sexuality that is seeking to open in The Grant Building on Main Street in Pawtucket. Nothing more, nothing less.
When put that way, it seems pretty fantastic right? A place where adults can go to access information about sexuality without having to buy anything? Like a library? Or a resource center? That’s the plan, but some city officials in Pawtucket (and other individuals) appear to oppose adults being able access sex information. They have taken some serious steps to prevent it from opening.
At first glance, the blatant censorship shines through loud and clear and gives people more than enough to be angry about. But look a little deeper. The issue that lies beneath most censorship issues surface is fear. In this case, it’s a fear of sexuality. People who are opposing The CSPH say it has to do with “the elderly“ not liking that type of talk, that the center doesn’t fit into the town’s image, that it’s not the kind of thing they like OR that they may be teaching immoral things. It’s interesting to me, as the founder of The CSPH, that those who are most vocal about preventing it from opening have never spoken to me, taken me up on offers of visiting The CSPH, or asked me my plans regarding it. They have just become talking heads, ready to attack without knowing the facts.
If we are really invested in growing Rhode Island cities by bringing in tourists, getting people to move into the area, revitalizing our downtown’s, it seems that setting up invisible hoops, only to be used if city officials want to flex their muscles, is not the way to welcome small businesses.
On Monday night (at 6:30pm), I will go before the town of Pawtucket’s zoning appeal board at Pawtucket City Hall, ready to stand firm on my belief that people have the right to access information if they so choose. I hope that you will stand with me.
– Megan Andelloux
I’ve volunteered for another non profit sex information provider for seven years, the need for accurate non-judgmental information about sex has not abated in any way during the time I’ve been there nor is it likely to without organizations like your CSPH. I wish you the best in your appeal and although I won’t be able to make it there I stand with you in spirit and my prayers are with you in support of your success.
Channel 10 coverage from last night
The Zoning Board again denied the application last night.
I was at the zoning board meeting. Megan testified last, after many petitioners, most notably, Regal Reptiles. It was like a bad production of The Crucible. One thing is sure, Pawtucket will not allow any education in a multi-use building downtown so help them God. Unless they give Megan a variance.
I am sorry to hear you have again been denied the right to teach your sexuality classes. Guess it’s called “the Bucket” for a reason. I wish you good luck with your on going fight to maintain your RIGHT to teach sexuality.
Mister Sister Erotica
Channel 10 on last night’s Pawtucket Zoning Board meeting:
Pawtucket Times reports that Megan has received the variance she needed to open.
You are a sick, animal-abusing, incest-promoting, raping bunch of Satan worshippers and you need help. Leave the innocent animals alone and stop raping women and children. KILL YOURSELVES INSTEAD.
Well now we know what we are then.
I think this person has some anger management issues. I might suggest they check out http://InternetNonviolence.org/. Oh, and fact check the “sources” information they seem to be gathering this fear/hate from.