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#SexEd Mixed reaction to the new series of 'The Joy of Teen Sex' on channel 4I have mixed feelings as a Sex and…

#SexEd Mixed reaction to the new series of 'The Joy of Teen Sex' on channel 4

I have mixed feelings as a Sex and Relationship Educator and as a community youth worker. I do think that broadly attempts to help teenagers understand sex is a good thing. But this show may have the balance slightly off. The accusation from many conservative observers is that the show encourages and normalises early teenage sex. The whole show does try to present a balanced programme where they show genital health issues, sexual behaviour problems, better sex tips, emotional problems and they investigate issues, like pressures teenagers face on holiday about sex. Even with this wide scope I thinkit may be slightly unbalanced towards promoting more teenage sex.

The first episode had some reat bits of info like "the vagina is cleaner then the mouth." and 75% of women with gonorrhoea have no symptoms. They also gave out some great advice that all sex and relationships should be underpinned with "Love Kindness and Respect". But never once in the entire show did they ask they question of any of the young people are you sure you want to be having sex at the moment. The entire show assumes that young people are having sex and it never appears to approach the issue of if this is a good thing or if it should be challenged.

So I say carry on showing the series with all the positive biological and even emotional advice but please try and show that not all young people need to be having sex and it is ok to delay or avoid having sex as a teenager.
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