Comment: Let's stop the stupid scaremongering and teach children that sex is about pleasure
Published 15/09/2016 | 02:30
What was your sex education like? Maybe it was good; most likely it was bad, uncomfortable or non-existent. Researchers at the University of Bristol looked at how young people in 10 countries felt about their school-based SRE (sex and relationship education) and found that it's so "out of touch" with students' experiences that they find it irrelevant and switch off.
This new research found schools are reluctant to acknowledge that some students are sexually active, and attempt to teach the subject in the same way as any other. Many pupils felt that schools saw sex as a problem to be managed and there was too much focus on heterosexual relationships. Females were often portrayed as passive and males as predatory.
The study, published in the BMJ Open, also found, worryingly, that students felt vulnerable in SRE lessons, with young women often risking harassment if they participate and young men anxious to hide their sexual inexperience.