Ummm... not sure if this is the right section to put this under, but here goes... Recently a male friend of mine was talking about how innapropriate he thought young teens having sex was. His idea was that they should teach masturbation in schools and that if people knew how to please themselves then they wouldn't go looking for it elsewhere, when really masturbation is all they're ready for. As off the wall as it seems, he had a really good argument! I fully understand all of the reasons why this would never happen and how shockingly innapropriate the school would think it is, (my junior high didn't even touch on the subject of masturbation, and I had to find out what it was from a book) but I was just wondering what everyone else thought of this.... it certainly made me think!
Posts: 4 | From: nova scotia, canada | Registered: Feb 2005
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Well, given that it's a semi-natural thing, teaching it would be a waste of time. However, information that it's "OK"/"not wrong" would be good.
Posts: 203 | From: Laguna Niguel, CA, USA | Registered: May 2004
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It would certainly be inappropriate to "teach it" by classroom demonstration, if that's what you're imagining (things I don't want to see my biology teacher doing ... ).
Not to mention misleading and unnecessary, since everybody's body responds differently.
But it's certainly possible (and pretty easy) to teach that masturbation is normal, OK and healthy, and to give people basic information about common ways people masturbate - as Scarleteen does in Sexual Response and Orgasm: A User's Guide, in fact. That's enough information for people to be able to explore on their own just fine.
And the barriers to that information being given out in schools in the US are political.
Remember, in 1994, a Surgeon General of the US - Jocelyn Elders - was forced to resign just for saying publicly that she thought schools ought to include information on masturbation in sex ed. And if anything, the political climate has gotten worse since then.
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