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Never mind the three Rs, let’s talk sex, sex, sex


ISN’T it super that future generations will leave Scottish schools comfortable with knowing the right labels for body parts and sex acts? The Relationships, Sexual Health and Pregnancy training guide now used across the country shows how cool and hip we are north of the border under the SNP’s care. We are relaxed about sex, not hung-up old fuddy-duddies. It’s an exciting time to be alive. Some advice notes for teachers are below:

The nicely phonetic ‘vulva’ is easy for most Primary 2 (six-year-olds).  Most children will be able to cope with ‘clitoris’ by Primary 4 (eight-year-olds) but you might want to break it down and have them say it out loud and give regular prompts to remind them. ‘Masturbate’ is another one.

Any questions about age appropriacy are sorted by a quick visit to the RSHP website. ‘It is age-appropriate,’ it says, which will certainly reassure worried parents. 

Some adults may be uncomfortable with such terminology.  They might even feel embarrassed or a little grossed out due to their own poor sex education. In the future we will talk freely and comfortably about vulvas. But for now, it’s a good idea to remember that parents still have a ‘role’ to play in the lives of their children, so do send out information leaflets. Should anyone complain, gently challenge their wrong beliefs and explain that Scotland thinks that the state is better at making decisions than them.    

Teachers have been encouraged of late to roam around the emotional inner-life of their pupils so it’s not likely there will be any difficulty talking about sex. There are only so many hours in the day so don’t be hung up on prioritising boring ‘traditional’ learning. Feelings, sex, friendships – those are the areas where people want government workers involved. There may be some youngsters who value their privacy and if so, it is vital we understand the source of their repression. Some talking therapy will likely help to change their mind. Get them to rake through some trauma if the blockage persists.

And remember that embracing this approach and using the guide will help strengthen our proud nation and strong economy.  It will certainly reduce unwanted pregnancies as having your teacher talking vulvas and clitoris, masturbation and fisting, burned into your memory is likely to be a powerful and cheap contraceptive for any teenager.

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Gail MacDonald
Gail MacDonald
Gail MacDonald is a professional psychologist and writer. Views expressed here are her own.

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