8 August 2015

Should more sex education be taught at school?

Sex Educution

Those of you who are reading this probably know what triggered this post if you live in the UK and on Thursday night you watched "Sex In Class" a documentary produced by Channel 4. I love Channel 4 documentaries as they are open and cover so many topics and I love to find out new information about things I hadn't previously heard about. Basically the documentary is about a a Belgian sexologist come into one British high school and each sex ed in a more open and unique way. Now when I was at school we had one lesson on how to put a condom on a male with the whole year group and then another about the other forms of contraception, both which felt uneasy as they were with the whole class and nobody would take it seriously plus this was taught in year 9 when everyone already knew most of the stuff the teacher had to say, whilst watching the channel 4 documentary, I felt that it opened up some subjects which aren't covered in sex ed and really should be. The guys within the class really didn't have much respect for the girls which was not great to watch, and the whole time I spent the entire time yelling at the TV, you are vile!

Although they are indeed teenage boys, if they are infact having sex and inflicting things they have seen on porn on young girls it can have bad consequences. The chances are the boys were just playing up to the camera, but the lack of knowledge in the class and probably most other classrooms in Britain was shocking. In my opinion the reason behind this is the fact that teens learn most of their sex ed from the internet or their friends, and the part of the internet which they learn their info from is in fact porn, which most don't realize it's all acted and in fact most women are not like that in the bedroom. I think in depth sex education should be taught at school, most teenagers will be embarssed and I know I would of been, but in the long run I think it will help broaden their horizions and also teach younger males about what is not okay, in porn noone asks for consent, you don't see the male, turn to the female and say is it okay if I do this now, it's just done and that gives younger views a wrong view of what is okay. Women aren't objects and it should be taught in the classroom how important consent really is, and not just the dangers of teen pregnancy, which I think is the only thing which is covered about sex. How about the fact that teens need to know the outcomes of their actions, the truth about real sex as well as remembering to use protection, and learning what forms of contraception there are.

Being a teenager who had a massive lack of sex eduction, I think it's time to change. I am aware that some people will never okay with their child learning about this within school, but why not? It's what happens in life and it needs to be talked about and with no disrespect to other subjects, why is this not taught instead of less important ones? E.g. Art, Citizenship? I think teens are taught a very outdated version of sex ed and they need updating and taught the realness of it.

What are your views on this subject?