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Should Comprehensive Sex Education be Mandatory?
In lieu of comprehensive sex education in schools, children are likely to seek out information about sex from other, less reliable, sources.
Other portrayals of women, including in pornography, music videos and advertisements often present women as sexual subjugates. It is important that young, impressionable children are educated to understand that these portrayals are misogynistic, rather than representative.
With a lack of information provided at schools, many young people are likely to turn to the internet for information, when they may get incorrect or contradictory messages about sex, relationships and contraception.
Where schools do not provide sex education, children often use
as a source of information.
Influential figures can have troubling views on sex, but their platform or power allows them to promote them. Easily influenced children might take what these people say to be true.
It is likely they will have misinformed views about sex regardless due to pornography and other resources.
If individuals want to seek out information about sex for themselves, they will be able to find plenty of well-informed and useful information from reliable organisations.
Children's access to other sources of information on sex can be regulated and guided by their parents.