HILARY FREEMAN: Could teens be fed a more dangerous and deluded message than being told sex is their human right - and it's good for them too?
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What's that, damage to the ceiling? Don't worry, it's just Hillary Freeman, whose knee has jerked with such a vigorous and unnecessary force she's knocked an extra trapdoor to the loft.
It's all about the NHS Sheffield's leaflet of promoting sexual wellbeing.
The leaflet, entitled ‘Pleasure’, advises school kids that they not only have a ‘right’ to an enjoyable sex life, but also that regular sex is good for their health.
Yeah, they're all better off as repressed chaste angels really.
Followed by an almost token Skins still, and then this:
This philosophy is based on research showing that in countries where sex is discussed in a more open and positive way, such as the Netherlands, there are lower rates of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
The UK, on the other hand, has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe and rates of sexually transmitted infections, particularly chlamydia, are reaching epidemic proportions.
I’ve spent the past ten years dishing out advice on sex and relationships to young people in magazines and on websites.
I know what they think and feel about sex. And I have to say, never have I seen such a triumph of flawed thinking as this initiative.
For one thing, just because an approach works in the Netherlands does not mean it will work in the UK.
Our cultures are very different, particularly when it comes to sex.
We’re a nation that sniggers at seaside postcards and Benny Hill sketches; we have sex with the lights off.
I’m not saying our attitude is a good one, but it makes us very different from the open-minded, liberated Dutch, and we’re not going to change overnight, certainly not just because of a leaflet.
I'd say you're very wrong, Hillary. The UK is very liberally-minded about sex, at least the generation to whom this leaflet is aimed are, and the days of puppetry with birds and bees is long since passed.