I watched The Sex Education Show on Channel 4 on Tuesday night. I watched the series last year and really enjoyed it and to be honest learned a thing or two. I like how the kids can ask any questions related to sex and they get a no non-sense, open, and factual answer with the odd enlarged photo of genitalia thrown in. At least, we’ll have a generation of men who know where the clitoris is!!
However, it dawned on me when watching it that they handle the biology of it really well, but missed a major issue. I’m from the school of thought that kids are going to ‘do it’ anyway so we might as well arm them with as much information as we possibly can. I don’t think I’d go as far as putting condom machines in Primary Schools and I’m not comfortable with girls accessing the morning after pill without parent/adult consent or knowledge.
I appreciate it’s a factual show but really wish they would’ve addressed the emotional aspects of sexual relationships with the teens. One girl asked if it hurt the first time, fair question, but the response was all about relaxing and lubrication. Not once did they mention waiting until you are ready and/or in a trusting relationship. I know that this is the side of Sex Ed that should be addressed in the home but many of us know that this doesn’t always happen. As an ex-teacher I know. I think my sex talk with my mum consisted of her saying ‘don’t pick any Joe off the street!’, which did work surprisingly.
I hope that programmes like this are around when Madame gets to an age where we need to have the ‘talk’ but I’ll watch it with her.
So how did your parents teach you about the birds and the bees or how did you teach your kids???