Sex education is vital

Posted: August 30, 2010 in Education, Politics, Sex & Sexuality
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Conservative MP Stewart Jackson has remarked on Twitter; “Very disappointing news on STD [sexually transmitted disease] rates in Peterborough. No doubt our liberal friends will tell us we need more sex education – as it’s worked so well!” and then called those who opposed him, “shrill intolerant pro-sex education lefties who don’t like debating the issues,’ as well as other things.

Now then, no doubt STD figures have gone up. But what he appears to be ignoring is the fact that the testing rate has also gone up (a lot) and that, if the two sets of data are used together, STDs as a proportion of the test results have gone down (I mainly saw data on chlamydia, although I’m sure the same thing applies for other STDs). The fact that more people are getting tested is a good thing.

Oh, dear. Next thing we know, the Tories will be trying to jump on the abstinence-only bandwagon. (please, no!) Sex education is something that is very important. I can’t remember much about mine – as I remember, my mother had already told me most of what was said – but they talked about all the various means of birth control and STD prevention, told us about STDs and their effects and demonstrated how to use a condom. They also gave us information on ‘normal’ genitalia – hilarious little books, actually, full of zany genital cartoons, but I guess reassuring. Useful information, no? Not everyone has the kind of unembarassed family I do.

Look at America, Mr Jackson. It doesn’t work.

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