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'The View' co-host Sunny Hostin says 4th graders shouldn't be taught sex ed: 'I think it's too young'

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  • Sunny Hostin
    American lawyer, journalist, and television host
  • Joy Behar
    Joy Behar
    American comedian, television host, actress and writer

The View co-host Sunny Hostin loves to school viewers on the law. But when it comes to sex education, maybe don’t look to the former federal prosecutor for guidance.

During Friday’s “Hot Topics” segment, Hostin revealed that her kids’s school starts sex education in the 4th grade, and that she feels children that age are “too young” to be learning about the birds and the bees. “I’ll bet my kids know more about sex than I know,” she added.

Fellow panelist Joy Behar clapped back at Hostin. “Fourth grade is not too young. The argument is from mostly a lot on the extreme right, and mostly probably religious people, is that if you give them information they’ll do it. That’s why they don’t want sex education,” she argued.

Hostin stood her ground, and took things a step further, asking “Why are people having sex at 18? You don’t even know yourself.” Behar scoffed at the notion that you have to “know yourself” before having sex, joking, “I would would have wait after 25 years of therapy.”

The View quickly turned to “the talk” (as in talking to your kids about sex, not the CBS version of The View), with Abby Huntsman recalling a conversation she had with her mother as a child. “She picked me up from school, I think I was in 5th or 6th grade, she took me to get an ice cream cone of all things ... and she started with the birds and the bees.”

Hostin then revealed she never had “the talk” with her mother. “My mother gave me a book called Lifecycle Series,” she said.

Meghan McCain’s family took another route all-together: “My parents, shocker, did not have a sex talk with me. I come from a very WASPY family.” She added that she learned about sex “in a locker room in middle school.”

Many Twitter users objected to Hostin’s position on early sex education:

While others did support Hostin’s view that 4th graders shouldn’t be getting “the talk” from their teachers:

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