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From:[personal profile] firefly21
Date: May 26th, 2015 04:56 am (UTC)
I dislike the fact that my school presented sex education as "Obviously don't let anyone pressure you into sex, and wait til you're ready, but since you WILL be doing it sooner rather than later, here's all the details." Abstinence was never presented as a valid option and I wish it had been. Nor was there much time spent on "here are the negatives to becoming sexually active so young."
When even the teachers/curriculum is assuming you are going to be having sex by 15-17, then it's no wonder young men and women think it's normal - these attitudes are being reinforced by schools!
Anyway, obviously I think sex education (including contraception) is still important, but I would welcome more of a move towards educating ABOUT abstinence and the benefits of it, rather than just assuming everyone will rush out and have sex asap as teenagers.
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From:[personal profile] sami
Date: May 30th, 2015 10:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, the thing of, "Obviously you'll be doing it soon," that's not really okay for me. It was more just... so, hey, *eventually*... so here's the information you're going to want, because while you may well be married by then even so you're not going to want *infinite* kids, guys.

Our education on the Issues At Large also included a guest lecture by an HIV+ gentleman who explained much about the risks and why you don't want it... but he'd also been living with it for over a decade, so it was also, "Hey, people with HIV are still people and if, by some tragedy, you ever test positive yourself, don't just throw yourself off a bridge, okay?"

I think they hit a really good balance at my school, despite, you know, it being a very bogan government school, you know? It was just this really solid presentation of: no, really, right now just don't, you'll be much better off if you leave it... but when EVENTUALLY this becomes relevant to your life, THIS STUFF IS IMPORTANT OKAY here is the information.

They also seemed to pick the teachers who presented it quite well: it was always the thirty-something P.E. teachers, who were young enough to be able to deal with discussing sex with a bunch of teenagers, but old enough, well, to be able to deal with discussing sex with a bunch of teenagers.
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