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"Orgasm a Day" is NHS New Slogan For Pupils in U.K.!

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posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 11:38 AM
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I was a bit floored when I read this article, and found the slogan for the sex education pamphlet off putting, as it is designed to be taught in school!

From this original link:

abcnews.go.com...

(which includes a video clip of those annoying View women discussing this):

""Health promotion experts advocate five portions of fruit and veg a day and 30 minutes' physical activity three times a week. What about sex or masturbation twice a week?" says the leaflet, which Sheffield's Primary Care Trust has circulated to parents, teenagers and youth workers in and around the city. "

Well, this piqued my interest. I am a firm believer that sex ed should not be taught in schools, but by parents, so this is disturbing to me. But google as I might, I could NOT find a copy of the elusive pamphlet entitled, "Pleasure".

I did find the order page from the NHS Sheffield for the booklet:

www.sexualhealthsheffield.nhs.uk...

I think discussion could be much more intense if we could all actually READ the pamphlet (I am disappointed none of the articles talking about this had an actual copy of the booklet!), but we can discuss the topic regardless.

Do you agree with this? The pamphlet is arguing that sex or masturbation twice a week is good for kids, and for cardio vascular health. I think there are PLENTY of other ways for kids to get a heart healthy workout as teens myself!!!

What is the real purpose of this campaign? It seems wrong to me. Or am I just a prude? The campaign is basically promotong sex for pleasure purpose, and here is an article from nhs addressing this topic:

www.sexualhealthsheffield.nhs.uk...

From above article:

"The recently published Pleasure booklet is likely to add to the controversy (see p9). Produced by the Centre for HIV and Sexual Health at NHS Sheffield, it encourages professionals to discuss sexual pleasure with young people. It is frank, and at times explicit.

But Pleasure is no Kama Sutra for kids. Rather, it is an attempt to start a discussion about how professionals think about young people's emerging sexuality. The authors rightly argue that not talking about pleasure severely restricts the potential health messages within sex and relationships education.

In fact, not teaching young people that sex should be fun can do more harm than good. In an increasingly sexualised society, young people often feel under pressure to have sex before they are ready. They can lack the confidence to say no and wait. There are plenty of young people who will tell you that they wish they'd waited longer before having sex, or that they're having sex they don't really want."

This seems confusing to me, is it pleasurable or will this encourage kids who are NOT READY (which IMO is all of them) to try to get this pleasure way before they should have??

Plus lets add in our inherent distatste of discussing children's sexuality. Am I and other's like me wrong for thinking only parents should discuss sex, and not schools? Or should this be discussed in schools?




posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 11:44 AM
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Read more at www.webmd.com...



1. Sex Relieves Stress

A big health benefit of sex is lower blood pressure and overall stress reduction, according to researchers from Scotland who reported their findings in the journal Biological Psychology. They studied 24 women and 22 men who kept records of their sexual activity. Then the researchers subjected them to stressful situations -- such as speaking in public and doing verbal arithmetic -- and noted their blood pressure response to stress.

Those who had intercourse had better responses to stress than those who engaged in other sexual behaviors or abstained.

Another study published in the same journal found that frequent intercourse was associated with lower diastolic blood pressure in cohabiting participants. Yet other research found a link between partner hugs and lower blood pressure in women.
2. Sex Boosts Immunity

Good sexual health may mean better physical health. Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A or IgA, which can protect you from getting colds and other infections. Scientists at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., took samples of saliva, which contain IgA, from 112 college students who reported the frequency of sex they had.

Those in the "frequent" group -- once or twice a week -- had higher levels of IgA than those in the other three groups -- who reported being abstinent, having sex less than once a week, or having it very often, three or more times weekly.
3. Sex Burns Calories

Thirty minutes of sex burns 85 calories or more. It may not sound like much, but it adds up: 42 half-hour sessions will burn 3,570 calories, more than enough to lose a pound. Doubling up, you could drop that pound in 21 hour-long sessions.

"Sex is a great mode of exercise," says Patti Britton, PhD, a Los Angeles sexologist and president of the American Association of Sexuality Educators and Therapists. It takes work, from both a physical and psychological perspective, to do it well, she says. [ex/]



posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 11:46 AM
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I can only speak from the male perspective.For teenage boys,i think it would be quite handy.; ). Come on and get real.Many parents these days are either to busy or not bothered with their kids.So its good that they can get to know via school.


 
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posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 11:51 AM
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This is just wrong.

I'm all for teaching kids about sex in schools mainly because you cannot trust parents to give out correct information especially if those parents have twisted and incorrect views on sex and it may be a taboo for them etc

However this leaflet, it's basically promoting sex to youngsters, the UK already has a pretty high rate of teen pregnancy so this is not going to help at all. It's sending out the wrong message to youngsters, by basically telling them it's all fine & dandy to go out and have sex and that it's beneficial to their health.

This is just the most bizarre thing in the UK I've read considering how PC we've become, is the leaflet really needed ? I mean it's not as those it would appeal to are not already partaking in sexual activities be it masturbation or sex, it's totally bizarre, I'm shocked and I'm usually very liberal in my views



posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 11:53 AM
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An orgasm a day ... what ... am I made of money?



posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 11:54 AM
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I think the slogan is a little umm 'misleading', but at least an attempt at damage control is being made. The general idea seems to be that you cant actually stop young people from having sex, so why not just give them all the information there is, but obviously in a more age-appropriate manner.

I dont agree in the slightest that only parents should talk to their children about sex. Parents arent always completely in the know about sex, stds etc.. and there's also the point that alot of parents will let their own personal opinion of what they feel their child should be doing or not not doing, influence what they tell their child.


Also, I suppose it does depend where you're from in terms of whether underage sex is a common thing in your area. But Im from a really skanky part of the UK where being pregnant at 13/14 isnt a big deal, so I can understand what they're trying to get at here.


[edit on 15-7-2009 by Bluebelle]



posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 11:54 AM
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yup...we need to teach these kids about pain and suffering and about a life dedicated to working. we need to teach them about guilt and shame through religious studies. we need to teach them the punishments of disobeying their superiors. we need to teach them about the ridicule they will get from straying from the herd....all noble and current thinking, i might add.



posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 11:56 AM
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Originally posted by Bluebelle
I think the slogan is a little umm 'misleading', but at least an attempt at damage control is being made. The general idea seems to be that you cant actually stop young people from having sex, so why not just give them all the information there is, but obviously in a more age-appropriate manner.

I dont agree in the slightest that only parents should talk to their children about sex. Parents arent always completely in the know about sex, stds etc.. and there's also the point that alot of parents will let their own personal opinion of what they feel their child should be doing or not not doing, influence what they tell their child.


i'm sorry, but you are totally wrong...using common sense, reason and logic are not the way things are.



posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 11:58 AM
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Well thats your opinion. Im not saying it'll have the effect they want it to... but I can see what they're trying to do.



posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:00 PM
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Sorry I disagree, to me it's promoting sex to them, meaning not just the adventurous ones who do it now will be doing it but even the ones who were not so sure about it because it was considered bad. It's basically saying "Sex is good for you, it will make you healthier"

It's totally the wrong way to go, they should be having childhoods not worrying about how they're going to support themselves for the next 16 years at 14 because they've got themselves pregnant.

I'm all for freedom and non curtailment of liberties but promoting sex to kids just isn't right, educate them about it yes but don't promote it like this leaflet is doing!



posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:00 PM
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Originally posted by Bluebelle
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Well thats your opinion. Im not saying it'll have the effect they want it to... but I can see what they're trying to do.


uhhmmm....i was agreeing with you, in a sarcastic way



posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:00 PM
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Or am I just a prude?



That would be my guess. Most kids by the time they are 9yrs. of age have a working knowledge of sex; learned from active discussions or experimentation with their friends.

IMO one of main reasons that western society is filled with mental illness, guilt, war, and many other ugly things such as obsessive/compulsive commercialism and just down right meanness, is because of repressed sexual feelings and intellectual constipation when it comes to sexual expression.



posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:03 PM
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It is sound advice,which i followed to the letter when i was a young teenager.Sometimes it seemed that "It" was never out of my hand!!



posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:03 PM
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Sorry, its difficult to tell whether people are being sarcastic sometimes with the amount of crazies that roam around on here



posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:07 PM
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Originally posted by whaaa
That would be my guess. Most kids by the time they are 9yrs. of age have a working knowledge of sex; learned from active discussions or experimentation with their friends.

IMO one of main reasons that western society is filled with mental illness, guilt, war, and many other ugly things such as obsessive/compulsive commercialism and just down right meanness, is because of repressed sexual feelings and intellectual constipation when it comes to sexual expression.


No one of the main reasons that western society is filled all that crap is because kids are expected to grow up far too fast and lose out on their childhoods.

You think it's right to promote sex to a 9 year old ? I don't care if a minority are doing it you cannot stop them, but you should not promote it so that minority becomes a majority and we end up with too many mums who are too young to bring up a child and have screwed up their education because they thought it was ok to have sex at such a young age.

They aren't old enough, mature enough and experienced to understand the consequences of their actions at that age which is why they are still kids and not adults.

It's things like this that are sending society down the crapper,



posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:13 PM
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I really dont know what to say to this topic.

When I look back at the sex ed I received it was a biased towards the teachers views.

One example here, the teacher said this piece of "advice" that was kind of sending a strange message at least in my opinion....

Males were told that rape is a very serious issue and if we are ever feeling the need to pressure a partner into sex rather than rape them, we should simply go to the toilet and flag the bishop. Or if you like, ask your partner to watch.

I cannot see how rape really comes into sex education, more along the lines of crime. The whole fact of rape issues being put into a sex education lesson is associating crime with the subject of sex. Sometimes, some things are better left unsaid.

Looking back on that particular piece of advice I kind of think....nah. But to even suggest rape was something that should even pop into someones head, thats just wrong.

Things like this example make me wonder if this topic should be left out of schools as it is never taught unbiased. It could benefit from a more humourous approach at times as kids never listen to boring theory.

The benefits system in the UK does not exactly discourage young people from having kids either. What else are you meant to do if you cannot get a job from a bad education? Have a kid and get more benefit money.

Personally I learned more about sex from "Chewin the Fat" than I did the school






[edit on 15-7-2009 by XXXN3O]



posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:14 PM
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Originally posted by Discotech
They aren't old enough, mature enough and experienced to understand the consequences of their actions at that age which is why they are still kids and not adults.


Right...

But, they are old enough to buy them a shotgun for their birthday and teach them how to hunt and kill ?

Yep, because in USA violence is always more accepted and moral then sex



posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:17 PM
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Do you agree with this? The pamphlet is arguing that sex or masturbation twice a week is good for kids, and for cardio vascular health.


It's not arguing that it's good for us, it is good for us. The physiological mechanisms at work are well understood, and like many system-wide functions of the human body, sex has many roles - similar to sleep.


I think there are PLENTY of other ways for kids to get a heart healthy workout as teens myself!!!


What's wrong with that? They aren't saying "only" to have sex or masturbate for heath instead of other things. The way I see it is this, boys are going to masturbate if not everyday then nearly everyday. This kind of approach is effectively telling them not to be ashamed of such behaviours - there isn't anything wrong with it.

People shouldn't be ashamed of sex or sexuality when it is so intensely part of who and what we are. Fear of sexuality is what isn't healthy, in it's extremes it's driven people to suicide,

We, as a secular society, are still coming out of the most sexually repressed period of our history - the Victorian era - so to see sex for what it is (healthwise) and not as a taboo, is a good thing.

[edit on 15-7-2009 by Welfhard]



posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:17 PM
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I do see what people mean about it seems to be promoting sex, maybe it does go too far it that respect... But what are the reasons behind underage sex? Kids wanting to be grown up and they think having sex will make them feel more grown up. Oh and the obvious peer pressure thing, they want to be 'in the know' as much as their friends etc are. That booklet is at least giving them the option of acting like adults.

Whether people like it or not, some kids will still go out and have underage sex, how is the Government meant to deal with that?

The booklet might well not work, but something has to be done about all the underage sex & pregnancies, and at least ideas are being tried out.



posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:31 PM
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Originally posted by 5thElement
Right...

But, they are old enough to buy them a shotgun for their birthday and teach them how to hunt and kill ?

Yep, because in USA violence is always more accepted and moral then sex


Did you even bother to read the OP ? The pamphlet is for the UK, we don't have guns in the UK so your argument is completely moot.

Besides, how is teaching a kid how to shoot and hunt similar to having a child and massive responsibilities at say 12, exactly ? Not to mention that when a kid is taught how to shoot he's under adult supervision, now I don't think they're under adult supervision when they're having sex, do you ?


Originally posted by BlueBelle
Whether people like it or not, some kids will still go out and have underage sex, how is the Government meant to deal with that?

The booklet might well not work, but something has to be done about all the underage sex & pregnancies, and at least ideas are being tried out.


Some kids will go and have underage sex we cannot prevent that short of locking them away from the opposite sex, what this leaflet does though is just open the doors to all those who were wary of trying, it is telling them it's ok to have sex. It's not a good thing if it increases underage sex now is it ?

And if you think about, those kids who are having sex are getting the healthy benefits anyway, why do they need to be told it's healthy ? All it does is encourage those who aren't doing it into doing it, do you not see that ? This is not an idea, it's NHS/government stupidity at its finest

I imagine this was the discussion at the drawing table for the idea.

Adviser 1 - "how we can stop a minority of kids from having underage sex and getting pregnant"

Adviser 2 - "Hey lets make a leaflet which shows the healthy benefits of sex"

Adviser 3 - "Umm.. won't that encourage more kids to have sex?"

Adviser 1 - "Sure it will but if the majority are doing it, it won't be a problem anymore as it will be the norm so noone will care"

Adviser - 2 "Fantastic idea, now, what's for dinner, I'm famished"

[edit on 15/7/09 by Discotech]



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