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Sexist Sex Education Slammed by No Less Than a Sex Expert

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Diane Halpern lecturing. (Screengrab of Twitter post)

By    |   Wednesday, 14 Sep 2016 10:19 AM

Sexist sex education has been slammed by sex expert Diane Halpern who looked at over 50 studies surveying more than a million students aged 12 through 18 at schools in the United States, Britain, Japan and seven other countries.

She concluded that students found sex education to be sexist and too scientific, mainly because teachers have presented the information in a very scientific way, to a fault, and have made no mention of “physical pleasure and desire…” said SpreadIt.

Halpern, an expert in sex, gender, and cognition issues for 30 years, recently published her findings in the journal BMJ Open.

The study looked at “how students view sex education” and was sparked by students from the 10 countries who believe “sex education is sexist, skewed toward heterosexual intercourse, moralistic, and just plain embarrassing.”

One student said: “Everything we got in our class had a really clinical feel. They don’t mention anything about same-sex relationships.”

Pandora Pound, a research fellow in public health research methodology at the University of Bristol in the U.K., agreed:

“They describe it as ‘cringey’ and embarrassing to have their teachers speaking about sex and relationships. [It] needs to be delivered by experts who are sex positive, who enjoy their work and who are in a position to maintain clear boundaries with students. We need to get the delivery right – otherwise young people will disengage.”

Kids across the world have done just that; disengage. According to Time, these kinds of studies have been circulating for 25 years, and young people are still saying “sex ed sucks.”

According to Salon, the new report on sex education is “an attack on both ‘cultural’ and ‘natural’ arguments” as you have one group that believes education should be gender specific, while another group believes that boys and girls simply learn differently because of neurological differences.

Halpern said the “segregation” on this topic is why there’s so much stereotyping on sex education.

“…We don’t have sex-segregated workplaces so why would we have sex-segregated schools? It’s all too easy to say ‘boys are like this and girls are like that’, but it’s simply not true.”

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