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    Posted on 9 May 2017

    15 Stories About How Sex Ed Is Taught In India That Should Really Horrify You

    "We weren't allowed to discuss with the boys what we were taught."

    BuzzFeed recently conducted a survey of what sex education is like in 77 countries. These are their findings from India:

    1. "At 21, a female friend of mine asked me what a clitoris is."

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    "In class 8, the female students were once asked to report to the hall. We were shown a presentation mostly about menstruation and stuff concerning adolescence. One girl bravely asked what all a teenage boy faces, and the presenter giggled it off. In class 10, the biology teacher completely skipped the section about STIs and contraceptions!"

    — Anonymous

    2. "I was in an all-girls school and my teacher was constantly giggling and smiling to herself while explaining how sex worked."

    "I was in an all-girls school and my teacher was constantly giggling and smiling to herself while explaining how sex worked. We weren't told what to do and what not to do or what to expect. Nothing about feelings either. It was purely scientific. I think it is because Indian society just assumes that adult men / women just magically know this information once they get married."

    — Swati, 22

    3. "Was mostly part of the biology course, anatomy and STIs."

    "They said that attraction to the opposite gender was normal and a product of hormones. Nothing further."

    — Anonymous

    4. "We were in an all-girls convent. Our sex education class was taken by an 84-year-old nun."

    "She told us that masturbation and condoms are anti-life as they kill potential children. One should only have sex after marriage and only have sex to conceive. She discouraged us from ever meeting boys alone as they would only want one thing. She told us scary stories about students in our school who had gotten pregnant during socials. And of course we got a hell load of anti-abortion lectures."

    — Mojo

    5. "We weren't allowed to discuss with the boys what we were taught."

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    "Apart from the syllabus once we were taken into a class only of girls, we were taught about menstruation and STIs. The guys too had a class but we weren't allowed to discuss with the boys what we were taught. And whatever was in the syllabus I don't remember any of the teacher actually teaching it, we just had a reading class where one of the students will read the lesson and others will listen. We weren't allowed to ask questions."

    — Shreya

    6. "It wasn't really sex education. More like information about puberty and the bad consequences of having sex."

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    "Boys and girls were separated and given information about puberty and how our bodies were changing. The girls were informed about periods and what to do when they get them. But this was way too late, our periods had started when we were about 11 or 12 years old, and a lot of people were already sexually active at 15. We were shown gruesome images of STIs and ended with a Q&A that all of us were too shy to partake in. Done and dusted."

    — Anonymous

    7. "Our school straight up SKIPPED the human reproduction chapters in middle school."

    "So if it was up to just academics and teachers to teach us about the human body, I wouldn't have known anything about sexual intercourse up until I was about 17, which is messed up. When they conducted the sex ed seminar in the 11th grade, it only covered the basic heterosexual intercourse. So if my knowledge about sex was to come from what my school 'taught' me it would be this: get married, talk to husband about STIs, penis in vagina, the end."

    — Cheryl

    8. The process of sex itself was left out from, well, SEX ed.

    "All the knowledge about the two distinct reproductive systems, but not a single idea and how they conjugated. The process of sex itself was left out from, well, SEX ed. I know there are other sources to learn this from, but it is necessary to give clear ideas about the process and how to carry it out properly.

    (Also how the fuck do you put on a condom? 15-year-old me, asking myself while learning sex ed for the first time)."

    — Anonymous

    9. "It was done in a very secretive manner, as if it were a meeting of Dumbledore's army."

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    "We learned about periods in school (only for girls). It was a workshop in the closed school hall done by a popular sanitary-pad company, not an effort by the school — they gave us their brand's pads at the end. It was done in a very secretive manner, as if it were a meeting of Dumbledore's army. No one spoke a single word. We were just shown a short film about what causes periods and the myths associated with menstruation.

    Everyone talked in hushed voices with their eyes down after it was over. We were warned strictly that we couldn't talk about what happened once we were out of the hall (especially to the boys) and were asked to hide those pads given to us in our bags (which we had been asked to bring with us to the hall). There is a huge stigma in India with menstruation and sex."

    — Apoorva, 18

    10. "Don't ruin 60 years of your life for six minutes of fun."

    "I remember back in the eighth grade, girls and boys were taken separately into our school's auditorium. We were taught about contraception, and the man who was teaching the class said, 'Don't ruin 60 years of your life for six minutes of fun,' and to this day, I find it hilarious.

    We were also only taught about sex that one time. Nobody would mention sex otherwise."

    — Ushma

    11. "The only sex ed we received was as part of biology syllabus in high school."

    "We were fortunate to have a science teacher who (despite being VERY strict) didn't skip the sex ed part of the biology syllabus, unlike many teachers in other parts of India. She even taught us about XXY and XYY. We learnt some stuff about contraception, condoms, safe sex and STIs. But it was all very "technical". Also, sex wasn't described as pleasurable either, just a means of reproduction."

    — Pankaj

    12. "We were basically told how not to indulge in sexual activities before marriage for our own good and safety."

    "We were also taught about safety measures one needs to take while sex. Also about the diseases, like STI, HIV, transmitted through sexual activities and how one can prevent it etc."

    — Pupil

    13. "We were separated by gender."

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    "So my school organised a two-day sex ed workshop called 'Know & Grow'.

    It was basically pathetic cause it was again a biological class where we learned only about the body type of respective sex. Again we were separated by gender. It wasn't exactly fun cause they taught what we knew."

    — Varad

    14. "I literally watched porn for the first time and found out about body parts I had no clue I even had."

    "I only remember learning about the reproductive cycle. I cannot recall ever having a sex Ed class. In fact, up until I was 16, I was clueless about even the most conventional (penis and vagina) definition of sex. I literally watched porn for the first time and found out about body parts I had no clue I even had. We first had a reproductive cycle chapter in 9th grade, and all of us were busy laughing as opposed to paying attention. There is so much taboo regarding sex and sexuality that nobody openly discusses it."

    — Anonymous

    15. "There was no sex ed in my school."

    "I don't know what's wrong with people who think that sex ed is not required and people who are too shy to even talk about it openly."

    — Hardik

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