Portland, Oregon — Just a week after a Portland area teacher was escorted from his local high school by police over what is believed to be his continued opposition to Planned Parenthood in the classroom, the organization hosted a sex toy workshop for the community.
The event is part of a series called “Sexy Tuesdays,” hosted by Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, which is stated to “bring together like-minded people to socialize and learn more about Planned Parenthood” and to serve as a fundraising effort. It regularly features alcoholic beverages, auctions and raffles, as well as a time of discussion about a particular sex-related topic.
“An evening of enticing exploration awaits,” the group’s website states of its sex toy workshop, which was held this week. “In this class, you will learn about the origin of sex toys and their evolution throughout history.”
“She Bop’s very own AJ (aka Amory Jane) will explain the different types of toys, what they are used for, what they are made from, as well as certain ingredients to be aware of when selecting the best product for you,” it continues. “She will also address how to maintain and store your toys so that you can enjoy them for as long as possible.”
“Sipping vino and studying sex toys … who knew Tuesdays could be so sexy?,” the page states. “We can’t wait to see you there!”
The event was held at She Bop Shaker and Vine for a fee of $15 per person. The organization later posted two dozen photographs of the workshop on its Facebook page, commenting that it was a “night full of laughs and learning.”
However, as previously reported, just last week, Oregon high school teacher Bill Diss, an 11-year math and computer science teacher at Benson High School in Portland, was escorted from the school by police because he continued to express opposition to the group and refused to allow them in his classroom. Planned Parenthood was wanting to urge students to sign up for its Teen Outreach Program (TOP) as it was seeking to recruit youth throughout the school. Diss had been speaking out against the organization publicly since 2007.
According to reports, Planned Parenthood of Columbia Williamette began promoting the program at Benson High School last year. In September, two representatives from the organization showed up at Diss’ door as they were hoping to speak to students. However, he would not let Planned Parenthood enter and asked the representatives to leave.
Following Diss’ refusal to allow the representatives into his classroom, the principal and vice principal of the school paid Diss a visit and temporarily removed him from the class. Planned Parenthood also filed a complaint against the teacher. The next day, he was forced to sit in on a Planned Parenthood presentation.
“They were extremely aggressive in obtaining the children’s signatures by promising them all sorts of gifts and cash,” Diss said.
Later, Diss also took issue with TOP permission forms that were being sent home with some students, which bore his name. His attorney contacted Planned Parenthood and the school demanding that they retract statements on the form that appeared as if Diss approved of the program. They threatened a lawsuit, stating that Diss was being harassed for his beliefs about the organization.
Ever since, Diss says that the school has been sending him regular notes that question his teaching skills and methods. He has been required to attend numerous hearings, and was told three weeks ago that his teaching contract would not be renewed.
Last week, school officials notified Diss that he was being placed on administrative leave “pending a recommendation to the superintendent that you be dismissed from your employment with Portland public schools for reasons that have been discussed with you.” He told reporters that he was given a few minutes to gather his belongings before he was escorted out by police and asked not to return.
Diss is now on paid leave, and fears that he will be permanently fired. The school is revealing little information at this time.
“We do not discuss the nature of personnel issues and actions out of respect for the individual,” representatives wrote in a statement following Diss’ expulsion from school. “But I can tell you that we respect the rights of all employees to their own political, religious, social and other beliefs and affiliations and expect all employees to conduct themselves professionally in their work, most especially with students.”
“[Apparently], it is much more important for the school to have Planned Parenthood at Benson than it is to have a teacher teach computer science and math,” Diss said.
In addition to its regular “Sexy Tuesday” events, Planned Parenthood of Columbia Willamette is behind a youth sex campaign called “Take Care Down There,” a website that includes such controversial skits as “Hot and Heavy,” “Bring Your Sister,” “Threesome” and “The Down There Song,” as well as other titles that are more graphic in nature.