Girls as young as ten are being sent to initiation camps in Malawi to be taught about how to have sex and in some cases lose their virginity. The girls are told by their families they are attending a camp with their friends, but when they arrive they are shown how to have sex and told they must lose their 'child dust' as soon as they can or they will get a skin disease.I'm just curious as to what grounds American advocates of sex education could possibly find this hands-on teaching to be objectionable. It seems to me to be an obvious consequence of the trend that began in the seventies. What are we to conclude from this, that one culture's approach to sex education is less viable than another's? Perhaps it is the American secular approach that is simply too repressed for its own good.
When she was aged 10 Grace was sent to an initiation camp which took place not far from her home in Golden Village, where Grace lives with her grandmother, reports CNN. 'I was playing outside when my mother told me I would marry. My life was ruined': Ethiopian child bride, forced into marriage at 10, pregnant at 13 and widowed by 14, on the moment her world changed forever
During her week-long stay she said she was taught her about respecting her elders and doing household chores, but also how to have sex by the women that led the camp who are known as he women, known as anamkungwi, or 'key leaders'. She told a group of journalists visiting Malawi with the United Nations Foundation that the women demonstrated sexual positions and encouraged girls to do 'sexual cleansing,' also called kusasa fumbi, which meant they should get rid of their inexperience with sex through practice.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Sex education: vibrant edition
I really fail to see how anyone could possibly object to this multicultural approach to sex education. After all, in the USA, kindergarten teachers are hell-bent on teaching their students how to apply condoms to bananas: