Let’s face it: the so-called “sex education” most of us received in school was pretty much useless. They taught us a bit of anatomy (if you were lucky they used the real names!) and all kinds of information about puberty. But that was, usually, it. Nothing about how sex works, how to relate to people you want to have sex with, how to navigate a world of sexually transmitted infections, etc. In other words, it wasn’t of much use at all.
Fortunately, sex ed is changing in some parts of the world. Some educators and legislators are starting to realize sexual education is an integral part of our children's lives and are preparing and teaching new curriculum that will actually be beneficial.
But for us old-timers who are well and past school, we’ve still got a lot of learning to do. Seriously, you’d be surprised to learn just how many people don’t know some of the most basic aspects of sexual conduct, including consent, how to use contraceptives or how to give their partner’s pleasure. And because of this, many sex-related social issues remain challenges to our societal. But all of these could be lessened if more adults knew about and were able to take sexual education classes and instruction.
Fortunately, this is a growing field. There are now many different options for taking sex ed classes—some that focus on health and safety, some that focus on technique and some that focus on pleasure. If you want to learn how to go down on your partner, put your learning cap on! If you want to learn about healthy relationships, get ready to take some notes! If you want to learn how to negotiate having sex with a partner with an STi, bring an apple for the teacher! Here are some of the different ways you can get some sex ed happening in your life:
Sex ed classes are popping up all over the world. Often held in sex retail shops or community centres, sex ed classes offer a wide variety of topics in a positive, fun, affirming space. These classes are often taught by educators who have hands-on and practical knowledge about a sexual subject. One drawback is that they are predominantly offered in larger cities only.
If you can get yourself to a sex conference, your eyes will be opened to a whole new world of sexual learning. Usually held over a weekend, these spaces offer a huge amount of content from sex community leaders who have been specifically chosen to address specialty topics.
Videos are the pioneers of at-home sex education and continue to be a great way for people who are unable or too shy to attend in-person sex ed classes. There are DVDs on a wide variety of sexual topics, some that include some very enticing sexual situations with attractive models.
This is fast becoming the go-to source for quick, fun, spot-on sex ed from which folks can learn a vast amount of information. Youtube affords people complete anonymity (they don’t even have to purchase a DVD) while at the same time dispensing significant education. Plus, everybody loves Youtubers, right?