Quickie: Sex Education (Not the good kind)
September 20, 2011
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The New Zealand Herald does a really good line in moral panic. We’ve seen it time and time again. This time, they have sex-education in their spotlight.
Because you would think this would be the key point of the article.
“I didn’t wind up pregnant because I didn’t attend a class. I know all about contraceptives and safe sex. It was purely the fact that I was drunk, it was New Year’s, and some older male thought it would be fabulous to take advantage of me.
So some asshole chose to take advantage of a drunk teenager, but it is sex education’s fault? It’s funny how she listened enough in class to get that anal sex is OK, flavoured condoms mostly taste disgusting and the importance of consent, but not that “pulling out doesn’t work”.
Also, she’s very concerned about the fact that she’s being taught about sex before the age of consent. Guess that doesn’t matter for the drinking age, right?
Look. Sex education is fucking important. I’m just thrilled that, based on 2 NZ Herald articles, albeit, they seem to be teaching about the concept of consent. This idea that “if you’ve asked her and she’s OK with it”, is pretty revolutionary, compared with I got back in the dark ages. Schools seem to be doing the right thing – getting parental consent, and giving as much information as possible. Because:
Amber-Leigh has spoken out in the hope it may help other young teenagers to learn about the importance of having protected sex – or preferably waiting until they are older.
Which, I am pretty sure, is exactly what she would have been taught in class, no? Oh well, that “putting a condom on a banana” trick will serve her well at hen parties.