Monday 2 May 2011

Sex Education For All

There was a letter in the local paper talking about the poor and misguided sex education policy in Hong Kong (see below). Hong Kong is not alone in this. Why is it so difficult to create and implement a decent policy on sex education for all?

Just by looking at the infamous celebrity examples (e.g. Tiger Woods, Boris Becker, etc), it is obvious that these people don't practice safe sex (Safe Sex and Superstars Do Not Add Up). If idiots like these, with lots of money and fame, do not bother using condoms with relatively "new" partners (or strangers, even) and are then highlighted and praised in the media, can we seriously believe that the majority of people will learn from their dumb mistakes and practice safe sex?

Sex education starts at home and at school. The media also play a huge part in making people aware of safe sex practices. However lots of barriers and biases, for instance from personal embarrassment to religious and political opinions, get in the way of educating our future generations. More's the pity.

Letter in SCMP: Sex education policy flawed

Apr 26, 2011

The problem of teenage pregnancy has got worse in Hong Kong in recent years.

I think often teenagers become pregnant because of a lack of parental care. This means that youngsters are not given the guidance they need from their parents.

They may go astray. They may also not get sufficient sex education, not just at home, but also at school. They develop misconceptions about sex and take risks which result in pregnancy.

If the problem gets worse it can have an effect on society as a whole.

It means that a lot of unwanted children are born and the number of abortions goes up.

An unwanted pregnancy obviously has a physical effect on a youngster, but can also affect her psychologically and lead to depression.

This is a problem that must be dealt with.

There must be more comprehensive sex education in schools starting at primary level. The government should also use the mass media for educational purposes. Workshops could be organised which focus on sex-related problems, organised by a school social worker.

Prompt action must be taken to deal with this problem.

Chan Hoi-yan, Sham Shui Po


  1. aimlesswanderer3 May 2011 at 19:43

    I love how the medievalists, umm, conservatives (often religious) love to keep the kiddies ignorant, and are then astonished and outraged that abortions and teenage pregnancies go up.

    I mean, derrr.

  2. Yes, quite right AW. Have you seen the movie Idiocracy? It is a compelling take on following this ignorance and absurdity to its logical conclusion. A future world governed by idiots simply because they breed like rabbits whereas the intelligent high-brow community die off because they don't breed enough.

    I'd love to see people (especially youngsters) take courses in sex education, parenting and social responsibility (that includes assessing the pros and cons of raising children) ... and only on successful completion of such courses will they be "certified" to attempt to have children. A measure of intelligence, responsibility and common decency would be a fine thing too.