Educating the human – but where is the sex?

Desteni Artist Garbrielle Goodrow

Why would any society, or the world for that matter, who is obsessed with knowledge and information, omit sex from education? The undeniable reality is that sex, one of the fundamental aspects of human life, coequal to the biological requirement of food and elimination of every human, would have second to none appearance in the curriculum of any educational body? Why is it that we believe that calculus or the periodic table is more important than to understand how to approach your sex partner or what it means to have sexual urges? Isn’t it interesting that most of us accept the fact that sex is used to inundate the world with imagery to make us shop till we drop, yet we create so much stigma around the simple sexual act that we do not even want to talk about it to our children. We prefer to conjure up all kinds of emotions, be it fear, anger, shame and guilt regarding our own personal sexual activities. There can be only one answer: money.

Money is the motivator of our current existence in this world and it includes the motivation to institutionalise the physical act of intercourse between two humans. It may not be so apparent at first but when we round up the current literature and documentaries that look at the topic critically, we can see that the gap of sexual non-education has been filled by the porn industry. The porn industry, a billion-dollar industry, is one of the most powerful drivers of the development of internet technologies while its involvement reaches far and deep. Many of the rather unsuspecting tech companies have benefitted from secret earnings through the porn industry. To name a few: Yahoo, Foxnews, and Comcast. That the porn industry is at the forefront of making money with emerging technologies is evident by looking at the porn revenues on handheld devices that are estimated to increase by 75% in 2013, with a closing figure on the $5 billion dollar mark.

The convenience of technology brings porn ever closer to the growing youth. What used to require of a man to seek out bookstores with “under” the counter dealings of porn magazines can now be had at any location with a button click on your latest mobile device. Nowadays, one often has to go out of one’s virtual way not to land accidentally on a porn website. Though porn is not made in China, it has reached levels of consumption that rival any other product staged on the global market of consumer saturation.

The point is that sex education has never been taking seriously in academia because with the money-making potential it puts forth, it has provided a huge turnover in a widely-faceted industry. From websites to franchises, to all kinds of accessories, to sex tourism – the porn industry has thoroughly penetrated society. Let’s not forget that by addressing questions of sex know-how inquired by young men, who are tech-savvy and full of pulsating sex urges, a life-long customer can be had. The effort to get a young boy hooked on the images of copulating men and women is effortless when considering that “ 9 out of 10 children aged between 8 and 16 have viewed pornography on the Internet. In most cases, the sex sites were accessed unintentionally when a child, often in the process of doing homework, used a seemingly innocent sounding word to search for information or pictures.”

What is even more interesting in this educational dilemma illustrated in the above-mentioned quote, which stems from the prestigious London School of Economics, is that academia has no problem looking at porn from a number of objections: Statistical usage through quantitative analysis is one of them; the study of sexual behaviour in society and media; as well as the question of gender equality are among the hot topics in the humanities. It is pathetic that all of academia will exploit the criticism that can be focussed upon the porn industry, as a field of study, but will do nothing in bringing sex closer to the curriculum of an average school day.

So if men get their sex education from the porn industry, how are women-at-large affected by the porn industry through their relationships with men? In other words, what is it that porn teaches women? Here again the answer is straight forward: to sell themselves. Each women on the planet knows that sex appeal will get her what she wants. The better she can sell her appeal to sex when interacting with men, the more likely she will have a good job and make sufficient money. The reason for that is that the world is male-dominated and men not only learn how to “deal” with a women intimately from pornography but they also learn to value a woman on the basis of her sexual attributes. Surely the relationship of a man’s parents will have been eroded and undermined as dominant influence in referencing the social value of women. The power of daily repetition of pornographic imagery is exceptionally well illustrated by those who admit to being porn addicted and those who admit to rape based on their porn addiction.

Although a prostitute or porn star will have to literally sell her body, the average women does it in a more abstract or remote manner through intermediate artefacts that objectify. May that be a nice pair of high heels, or a flattering haircut, maybe it’s that short dress or that breast enlargement surgery. ISAPS Global Survey, apparently the first reliable source for plastic surgery statistics, states that in the last 10 years breast augmentation has been the most popular procedure in the global trend of body modifications. Though the price that women pay for having learned to sell themselves does not end with shaping one’s body to have more sex appeal, it ends in bed. Women’s intimate interactions with men are modelled on what men know from pornography, where communication is typically reduced to assumptions, and aggressive starting points are accepted as valid because that is how the porn industry sells what women like.

If we were to take responsibility for our educational system and decide to take on sex education as one of the main subjects in school, thus debunking pornography in all its manifestations, we could provide the maturing youth with input that places sex into the equality of life. The prerequisite for this is a new economic system where money has lost all its value and operates in servitude of life. Then, all issues of inequality between men and women would fall away and we could restart our existence from a virtually unknown place of physical interactions…
– and this is what will happen when we switch to an Equal Money System.

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4 responses to “Educating the human – but where is the sex?

  1. Reblogged this on eleonoragozzini and commented:
    A very cool Blog on Sex in Our Society from Manuela.

  2. Thanks Manuela – no wonder sex is completely open to exploitation, we have simply not taken responsibility to educate the children about it and have left it all to the porn industry.

  3. Thank you for sharing, Manuela, only by the first question can our so called evolution drop down to the bottom.

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