Teen Vogue magazine has defended its publishing of a tutorial directed at adolescents and children on sodomy -- anal sex. Moreover, a statement from the publication labeled its critics homophobic.
“This is anal 101, for teens, beginners and all inquisitive folk,” author Gigi Engle wrote in “A Guide to Anal Sex.”
“Anal sex and anal stimulation can be awesome, and if you want to give it a go, you do that,” wrote Engle. “More power to you.” While the original version of the article failed to provide clues as to practicing practicing safe sex, a later version included a statement that condoms are “non-negotiable.” Engle wrote: “Here is the lowdown on everything you need to know about butt stuff.”
Elizabeth Johnston, a blogger who is known as The Activist Mommy, is calling on stores and public libraries to discard Teen Vogue from their shelves. She has created the Twitter hashtag #PULLTEENVOGUE. To Fox News contributor Todd Starnes, Johnston said, “This is not a Republican issue or a Democrat issue. This is not a conservative issue or liberal issue. This is a parent issue.” There have since been millions of views of a video that shows Johnston burning a copy of Teen Vogue.
In a series of tweets, Teen Vogue digital editorial director Phillip Picardi sought to defend the publication. He also tweeted a photo that showed him in an embrace with another man. In the photo, he displayed his middle finger. Picardi wrote they had been “inundated with hate mail saying we promote sodomy and want teens to get AIDS.”
“How can you expect young women to not get pregnant without access to reproductive health care,” he tweeted. Picardi also faulted his Catholic education for being allegedly “guilty of endangering all of us by sheer omission of FACTS. EDUCATION doesn’t equal ENCOURAGEMENT.”
He also blasted critics for their supposed homophobia. “The backlash to this article is rooted in homophobia,” he wrote. “It’s also laced in arcane delusion about what it means to be a young person today.”
You see, my Catholic school was guilty of endangering all of us by sheer omission of FACTS. EDUCATION doesn't equal ENCOURAGEMENT.— Phillip Picardi (@pfpicardi) July 14, 2017
In conclusion, here's my only reply I'll be giving to any of the messages. 🌈 pic.twitter.com/KiFjVqLlH3— Phillip Picardi (@pfpicardi) July 14, 2017