Sex education is super important, but you have to admit it’s often pretty awkward … especially when you think about the fact that even though sex can be fun when you’re ready for it, it’s also pretty gross (bodily fluids! butts! sweat! strange orifices!). Then, imagine that your sex education constitutes watching elephants doing sexy stuff. Graphic stuff. In front of your whole class.
A zoo in Edinburgh, Scotland showed a bunch of kids a video of an elephant giving birth as part of a sex education program. The 10- and 11-year-old students were pretty freaked out by it. One parent explained, “The film about the elephant was quite full-on and there was one little boy who felt quite sick and was about to faint. Quite a few of the pupils felt a bit sick and didn’t want to watch it.”
Can’t say we blame them! The kids also got to yell out sex organs during a trip to see a bunch of monkeys. Because there’s nothing sexier than primates, right? The lessons last two hours, and one of the instructors admits it’s very “no nonsense.” But running around screaming “PENIS” at monkeys? That sounds kind of like nonsense. Awesome nonsense, but still.
If nothing else, this may promote abstinence in the youngins’ without meaning to. But it also presents sex (and birth) as something natural, so that cancels it out. Right?
Sex education is a super important, but we agree with these kids–it’s messy, sticky, and a little gross (especially to a 10-year-old who probably thinks guys still have cooties). Especially when there’s poop-throwing involved.
Do you agree that sex is a little gross? When do you think kids should start sex education? How young is too young for sex education? How did you deal with your first sex education class? Tell us in the comments!