sex. mmmmhmmm.

Disclaimer: I am currently taking a writing and critical reasoning class with focus on pop culture and we have an ongoing term assignment of “blogging”. This is a partnered assignment and my partner and I (aka i told her we were doing this topic) chose sex. However, I took the reigns on this first entry as we did not have time to collaborate and therefore i feel no guilt in re-using this post for my personal blog. I could have kept ranting but I am slowly learning that a critical component of blogging is conciseness and therefore i will leave any further comment for rebuttals to any responses, if necessary.

Enjoy!

S-E-X. “It”. Banging. Boning. F*cking. Coitus. Bedding. Making Love. Fornicating. Getting Laid. Bow-chicka-bow-wow. Riding. Bumping. Humping. Shagging. Screwing. Mounting. Get the idea yet? We’re talking about sex, baby. We’re talking about you and me and how so many seemingly private and personal experiences are winding it’s very public way through popular culture.  When it comes to sex, we seem to experience a “chicken and egg” conundrum, in that it is unclear which came first.  Does popular culture influence sex and most things associated with it? Or does sex revolutionize itself and therefore influence popular culture, enthralling it to try to keep up? Enter: Us. A ladies duet attempting to uncover the foundations of this risque, provocative, and sensitive subject that affects everyone on earth in some way, shape, or form.

We begin by addressing the basics; the pinnacle of any adolescent nightmare: sexual education.  Last spring, the Government of Ontario introduced a revised sexual education program.  Students will learn the proper names of body parts in grade 1 and graduate to topics of homosexuality and gender identity in grade 3.  In grade 8, students will learn about contraception and understand the differences between two-spirited, transgendered, transsexual, and intersex indivduals (Wente). This caused a great amount of protest from conservative voices, insisting this type of education at such a young age would taint their minds and promote more promiscuity at a younger age.  Rev. Akron Malcolm with the Institute for Canadian Values insisted this type of education be left for parents to discuss and if it is taught in school it should take place at a higher level like high school or even university (Nguyen).  Unfortunately for Rev. Malcolm, he is living in 1950, when girls were courted by potential suitors, couples were monogamous, and the majority of marriages didn’t end in divorce.  It is unrealistic, in today’s society, to think sex education can wait until youth are ready to participate and far too optimistic to hope every parent will properly educate their own child about sex.  The reason this education is being taught so early is to prepare children for their futures and allow them the resources to make an informed decision for themselves.  Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty defended the curriculum, “with an understanding of the information available to children today.  They are going to get this information.  We [can] provide it in a format and in a venue in which we have some control, or they can just get it entirely on their own and be informed by potentially uniformed sources like their friends at school” (q. in Nguyen). Alex McCoy, member of the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada, believes it is “developmentally appropriate for students in Grade 3 to have an awareness that not all people are heterosexual” (qt. In Nguyen). How refreshing to have a government consider the evolution of sex and sexuality in society and how those values will implicate the next generation of young people.  McCoy points out, “the issue is that we live in a culture that is saturated with sexual imagery and that it is more important than ever that young people have a solid foundation of basic knowledge about human development and sexuality” (qt. In Nguyen).

Plus, what would happen to the drunken one-night stand if the majority of university students didn’t know how to have sex? Alas, it would fall by the wayside and what would you have to laugh about over coffee with the girls or beers with the guys the next day?

Sources:
Nguyen, Linda. “Ontario Premier Defends Sex-Ed Curriculum.” National Post 20 April,     2010. WEB. 23 January 2011
Wente, Margaret. “Sex Ed in a Sex-Saturated Culture.” Globe and Mail 21 April, 2011.      WEB. 23 January 2011

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