Archive for February, 2010
“An orgasm a day keeps the doctor away.” NHS pamphlet, Pleasure
In response to the U.K.’s alarming teen pregnancy rate, the highest in Europe, the NHS published a pamphlet for teens, entitled Pleasure, with the credo: “An orgasm a day, keeps the doctors away.” The pamphlet encourages teens to have safe sex, and, if no partner is available, to masturbate. Many adults find this alarming. Why? Sexual education platforms, aimed at teens, that preach abstinence only are absurdly unrealistic, since teens are bound to have sex if the desire is strong enough. After all, can one expect teens to stave off the effects of raging hormones, especially in a world in which sex is more visible than ever? The key to reducing teen pregnancies and S.T.D.s/S.T.I.s is education, allowing teens to make informed decisions. After all, that’s all any responsible society can do. Sex education should be no different than educating our young about tobacco, drugs and alcohol. Just as there are teens that will take risks regardless of the potential consequences, there are those who will never take risk. A teen who has decided on his own to not drink and smoke and to delay sex until marriage hardly needs social intervention in the form of education. Education efforts, therefore, best lend themselves to that middle majority that lies between the risk takers and the abstainers.
“An orgasm a day keeps the doctor away” is a refreshing evolution in human thinking, the antithesis of the long-held puritanical nonsense that linked masturbation to blindness and insanity. In fact, unlike tobacco, drugs and alcohol, safe sex is good for the cardio-vascular system and it boosts the immune system, not to mention that fact that if feels damned good. Yes, adolescents should experience orgasm through either masturbation or safe sex just as adults do. The video that follows represents a well done and articulate perspective on this topic.