PubHlth_Journal8 - Beth White PubHlth 160 My Body My Health...

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Beth White PubHlth 160 – My Body, My Health April 1, 2011 Journal 8 Sex is one of those topics that we all think about, but are pretty shy to bring it up in conversation. Moreover, according to Winks and Seaman, being able to openly discuss what it is we desire is crucial to any relationship, especially ones that are sexual in nature. Because we are bombarded with mixed messages about sex, almost everyone is completely confused as to what it is we want, nevertheless what our partner may want (Winks et. al., 66). Additionally, sex education in school only leaves us with the assumption that sex is bad. For example, in the movie Mean Girls , the gym coach is teaching a sex education class. In a scene that is meant to mock the lack of “education” involved in sex education, the coach says, “Don’t have sex, because you will get pregnant and die! Don’t have sex in the missionary position, don’t have sex standing up, just don’t do it, OK, promise? Okay, now everybody take some rubbers.” Though funny, it is entirely too true. Going to a Catholic high school, we were never allowed to be taught sex education because according to the Church, it is not happening because it is not allowed to happen until we are married. Personally, I think someone needs to knock some sense into the Vatican, because in reality, people are having sex at younger and younger ages, and to pretend it’s not happening and hope they don’t do it because no one’s talking about it is insane. It’s these kinds of actions that makes young adults go wild in college – it’s a breeding ground for all sorts of STIs because everyone feels free and no one was really very educated about sex, the risks (without gross exaggeration; i.e., you’ll instantly get HIV and die in 10 years), and how to successfully communicate with others about sex. In lecture on Wednesday, we were learning about all different safe sex practices –
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course PUBHLTH 160 taught by Professor Gerber during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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