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Ruairi McKiernan: We'd never advocate threesomes, but teens need to know about sex

Published 28/03/2013 | 17:00

INFORMING young people about drugs doesn't make them run out and get high at the next opportunity. Similarly, informing them about threesomes doesn't mean they will suddenly jump into sexual experimentation that they otherwise hadn't thought about or planned.

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The recent controversy surrounding the SpunOut.ie article on the pros and cons of threesomes (one of the site's 3,000-plus articles) raises the important issue of how or whether sex education is taking place in this country.

The fact that the Health Minister and Taoiseach felt they needed to weigh in on the issue suggests we as a society are still hung up when it comes to sex. It is particularly interesting that the article which stirred the controversy was featured in a newspaper that appears to celebrate titillation on a weekly basis.

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