The level of knowledge teenagers receive on important topics such as sex education is not given the same treatment as learning Math and Science. Now that young people are being exposed to so much information at an alarming rate, it is unavoidable that they may come across sexual content given the emergence of social media.
Whenever the term “sex” is mentioned, many people would claim that it is inappropriate for teens to learn about it.
However, it is often forgotten that sex isn’t only about the act; it may also be about understanding one’s body and sexuality. Being open to receiving sex education can help to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies and the spread of sexual diseases.
In a study by UNESCO, incorporating a sex education curriculum could enable the youth to make informed decisions about relationships and sexuality.
The study also echoed that it can let the younger generation explore why gender-based violence, gender inequality, early and unintended pregnancies, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) continue to pose serious risks to their health and well-being.
Furthermore, according to a recent poll done by Social Weather Stations (SWS) in November 2020, the issue of teenage pregnancies was cited the most frequently across all regions and social classes. It is also the most pressing issue confronting women in the Philippines today.
Allowing the younger generation to be properly informed about taboo issues such as sex and sexuality should assist them in making their own decisions. More importantly, it helps to establish the concept of consent and healthy relationships.
Reading books like “Ako ay May Titi,” that talks about how to care for their genitals, and watching TV shows like Sex Education on Netflix may help them learn a thing or two.
Regardless of the metaphor you pick, teaching teenagers about sexual health may be uncomfortable. However, having the awkward “talk” appears to be more necessary than ever.
It’s 2021 folks! It’s about time that we have a conversation about the importance of sex education.
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