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Sex Education – Does It Exist?

Published : Tuesday March 10, 2015 | Posted in : Sexual Health
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How much do we really know about sex? The answer, according to a new study, is not much. Researchers investigating how young men and women learn about sex found that a gap exists between the sex education young people want and what they actually receive.

The question is, is this really surprising? Is it any wonder that the UK has one of the highest STI rates in Europe? But what is the reason for this?

School Education

Perhaps it doesn't help that in it's origins, sex education taught in schools in the UK, is notorious for being two things –bad or non-existent. A 2013 poll by the Sex Education Forum found that although a quarter of young people said that their sex education 'was good', 27% described it as bad, while a whopping 48% deemed it merely 'ok'. This lack of enthusiasm does little to enforce faith in the British sex education system. It is worth noting that schools are not entirely at fault here. According to an article in the Telegraph, one school did decide to throw caution to the wind and actually teach young people about 'sex', however this attempt to educate was thwarted when parents angrily protested.

Other sources

Whether we like it or not, many young people are getting their sexual knowledge from outside sources far less authoritative then that of a teaching/health professional. With the widespread usage of mobile phones and Ipads, access to porn has never been easier. Porn has become a real method of 'sex education' and there's an obvious problem. Porn is not real sex. We all know it but our kids might not. If the first example of sex comes in the form of… well, you know what it's like, then how are they meant to learn to have sex properly? Porn is designed to exploit fetishes and achieve maximum arousal. Most girls don't look like porn stars and it's fair to say that the sizes we see in porn aren't exactly accurate either. The industry is geared toward its main demographic and the content reflects that. Let's face it; porn doesn't normally reflect situations where the woman is going to be enjoying herself – it reflects situations where the man is going to finish quickly, with her moaning loudly and unrealistically. The problem is that men start to expect that in real life, and women get the raw end of the deal – they have to pretend to enjoy every second of his trying and then, before there's been much enjoyment found, he's done. Not good.

What to do

We need to come up with a way to improve how people look at sex and we definitely need to teach our kids that porn is not like sex in real life. Moving forward we can only hope that the UK will catch up to some other countries when it comes to sex-ed, because we really need to.

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