A new state-funded experiment is turning traditional sex education on its head - abandoning lectures on the dangers of sexual activity and teaching young people how to get better sex through "ethical relationships".Click through for the rest, although prepare to be disappointed by the pic they've used to illustrate the story.
The "sex & ethics" course, funded by $164,000 from the Ministry of Justice, is being piloted with people aged 16 to 25 at Victoria and Massey universities and two youth centres in Wellington.
Auckland-based Rape Prevention Education director Kim McGregor said she hoped it could be modified for eventual use in schools.
Parents Inc co-founder Ian Grant also welcomed the programme yesterday as "a step forward", but still advised teenagers to delay having sex for as long as they could.
The programme was developed by Australian criminologist Moira Carmody after young people told her in a survey that sex education focused too much on the risks of sex and did not prepare them for "the complexity of sexual intimacy".
The Wellington pilot, co-ordinated by the Wellington Sexual Abuse Network, aims to get young women as well as men to talk about what they want from a sexual relationship.
Its flyer lures people with the line, "If you are ever hoping to have good sex in your life, this is the programme for you."
Co-ordinator Sandra Dickson says it is "a new direction for sexual violence prevention."
"Instead of telling young people what not to do, it's looking at what we want in a sexual relationship and how to get it."
Seems to be a high focus on the need to communicate, particularly verbally, which is nice to see. Haven't spotted any frothing yet by Family First, I wonder if that's because there is a mildly approving quote from their good buddies at Parents Inc?