Not Your Mom’s Sex Ed

sex_edHoly masturbation, Batman! I wish I had taken sex ed in Spain, because Spanish teens are being taught how to masturbate as part of a new sex-positive sex ed campaign. According to Time Magazine:

In late October, the regional government of Extremadura in southwestern Spain launched a new sexual-education campaign designed to facilitate the “development of healthy habits, self-esteem and safety.” Although the publicly funded campaign includes the publication of pamphlets and an online magazine, the highlight is a series of workshops for 14-to-17-year-olds aimed at educating participants on anatomy, body image, safe-sex practices, gender equality and, in the mildly celebratory words of an early press release (since redacted), “sexual self-exploration and erotic self-knowledge.” Or, in other words, masturbation.

I feel like I got jipped. My sex ed class consisted of a film that told girls about their periods by showing a school nurse make pancakes in the shape of a uterus. I kid you not. After the film, we got free samples of tampons. I think I may have had one more day of sex ed that consisted of a list of STD symptoms. If someone had told me that masturbation was the key to positive self-esteem, I think high school would have been a lot more fun!

The classes have predictably raised some eyebrows amongst parents. The Time story didn’t quote any students, though. I’d be willing to put money down that they’re enjoying the workshops. What do you think?


  1. We got to see pictures of STDs. not really informational but cetainly frightening

  2. I think they are definitely enjoying the workshops….I know I would. When I was a teenager I had so much fear and anxiety about masturbation. I imagine that this class would have helped put things into perspective, and make me feel a lot less shame for doing something that is not only okay, but also a hell of alot of fun. ;)

  3. Shanman and AJ – totally more fun to masturbate than practice “abtinence.”

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