Friday, 14 August 2015

No Sex Please, We're British

It seems that there's an everlasting fight in Britain - we know that for our younger generations to grow up safe and making the right choices we have to teach them about sex and yet, there's still a slight prudishness in the air about just how much sex is really acceptable to talk about. For the right reasons or not, it's undeniable that sex monopolises our media - and maybe it's time that we stopped making it something to be discussed with fifteen year old children over the dinner table in awkward static just the once, stopped making it something that teenagers might not really understand but had next to nobody to ask their questions to.

Last week, Sex in School made us wonder if more needs to be done for the education system, and although a GCSE seems too far - the fact is, when I came out to my friends at 18 years old it became abundantly clear that, whereas sexual safety at a basic level and sexual contact between and male and female were covered (albeit in a technical, cold way) anything slightly outside the realms of what lay the path for the old fashioned "normal" still lacks a space within England's curriculum. As our nearly-adult generation preach important lessons about non-binary genders, asexuality, pansexuality and many other points on the sexuality spectrum, it seems that realistically - our education system has a lot to catch up on.

Sex Drawing

I went to a good school, I didn't skip any Biology nor PSHE lessons (general studies was a different story altogether) and as much as I like to think I know a fair amount about sex - the fact is, like many others my age and older, I don't know as much as I should - and the bits that I do know all too often came from the internet as opposed to through textbooks. I'm not for a second, you understand, suggesting that Ann Summers should have her own chapter in our school workbooks, but I do think that sex education needs to take a step forwards into new territory, help people who aren't heterosexual with how to stay safe - know the long lasting impact of STI's beyond HIV. Condom use is at an all time low within Britain and I'm not surprised - growing up in a girl's school declarations of being worried about being pregnant weren't uncommon or unheard of, but those same people who'd had unprotected sex seemed fairly unaffected by the idea of anything more than a toddler by twenty.

As teenagers get more savvy about sex, something inevitable within the digital age, Britain needs to take a step forward and realise that as kids get more wise, so must the adults put in place to teach them - the last thing we need is another ten years of Mean Girls-esque sex education (altered only, of course, by the fact that British schools still can't give out condoms).

Do you think more needs to be done for sex education in Britain?

Sammy xo.

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