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Why sexuality courses in HKU do so much better than “government-led” sex-ed

April 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Being a child of the 21st century, you are sure to have received sexual education. Although it is not mandatory, chances are that you’ve already stumbled upon some on your own. Perhaps googling some odd sexual term your friend mentioned to you when you were 13. In fact… You’ve probably learnt a tad more from your own personal googling than sexual education actually allowed, at least this appears to be the case with a large majority, if not all the kids who grew up in Hong Kong. And I’ll admit… I feel as though I am a victim of this poor sexual education system that the government has poured $10 dollars into developing. It’s quite baffling considering the fact that it’s something not only we, but also the animal kingdom has engaged in millions of years ago…

So embarking on a new and exciting journey into university life and the sea of courses offered to HKU students, I made a pact to myself to delve into the unknown realm of knowledge missing from my empty brain. As a result, I was one of those lucky people who managed to refresh, click, refresh, click, refresh, click (x129387829736) our beautifully coded and extremely user-friendly HKU Portal system to land myself on a sexuality-related Common Core course (labeled as one of the top five courses to take in HKU), specifically, Sexuality and Culture. Nothing illustrates my before and after knowledge about sexuality as much as Homer’s brain does (pictured above)…

And here’s why these Common Core courses will forever trump sexual education kids are getting in Hong Kong.

Sexuality-related Common Cores in HKU Sexual Education in Hong Kong
The lecturers and tutors are bound to give it everything they’ve got. They’re determined to give students a genuine picture of what they’ve studied for years. They’ve spent much of their academic career looking into everything sexuality related. Really... Don't.
Lecturers and tutors care are all for the promotion of proper sexual education. I say proper because they know the full picture. They’ll fight for the rights for everything sexuality, from civil rights to the rights of allowing being educated youths to access much needed resources.

Fun Fact: Laws in Hong Kong rule out the display of graphic nudity. So books that supposedly educate us about the mystical beast named sex is out of reach to those who really need it.

Math teachers are merely asked to read the slides   on a pre-prepared presentation, which is not even prepared by any member of   staff from their school… I’m exaggerating but may be the school nurse/social   support people who come in once a week?If not, perhaps show kids a videotaped program   about sexual education for babies. Chances are teachers will give a society-biased   view of everything sexuality related.
Given the law above, that needs redefining, permitted   members of staff are allowed to access the specific selection of related resources, that are tucked away in some deep archival Gringotts-esque book bank. Although  gringrott-y, our lecturers and tutors are petitioning to overrule this poor policy. On the other hand, we’ve got practical resources actually available for us to further understand this ill-represented topic. Latin Biology

Your average sexual education resource: a really old biology textbook from the dark ages written in Latin and has diagrams of some other animals sex organs to avoid the awkwardness of the topic.

During the first lecture, the lecturers and tutors made it absolutely clear that one thing that is will never be a part   of the course is fear. They got us to scream “F*CK” about 10 times right before we plunged into the course. Likewise, they designed the course with guest speakers coming from different sexual cultures and disciplines to give talks on how sexuality is actually intertwined and what really makes up this umbrella term, sexuality. A biased view of what sexual education is promoted to kids who have no prior conception, ultimately leading them to fear and never inquire about sexuality. Kids are left alone with an insecure attitude about everything sex-related. This is partly perpetuated by the media who condemns everything, from a nip slip to bulging crotches to someone’s apparently “scandalous” sex lives that make up at least 10 pages of our daily papers. Abstinence... yay

 

You may think that this may be another promotional blog post but it is also a critique of what sexual education has become in many cultures, not just in Hong Kong. It is unfair to entirely blame the government’s poor advocacy. The media has an influential role in promoting appropriate attitudes and values to the public. Stigmatising different sexualities will only further usher the age-old and inappropriate abstinence attitude of sexual education.

What now? Sexual education in Hong Kong needs to adopt it’s rightful role, instead of assuming that kids will know everything sex-related instantaneously. As for you reading… If you’ve got one or two CCs to spare… Check out the sexuality courses!!




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