Sexuality: Lack of information in school, teens dig the internet

Since 2001, the law provides that “information and education about sexuality shall be provided in schools, colleges and secondary schools at the rate of at least three annual sessions”. However, that obligation is “absolutely not applied”, according to a recent survey by the feminist collective #NousToutes.

Introducing contraception, pleasure or intimacy: Lacking sufficient information sessions at school, despite the fact that the law provides for this, young people turn to the Internet and sometimes pornography to learn about sexuality.

For the third we didn’t talk about it at all Louise, 15 years old, testifies in Second in the Lot-et-Garonne. † This year nurses came to class “, but ” I think it should happen sooner “, she believes,” some had preconceived ideas

“The teachers are not trained”

Since 2001, the law provides that ” education and education about sexuality are delivered in schools, colleges and secondary schools at a pace of at least three annual sessions

However, according to a survey published earlier this year by the feminist collective #NousToutes of more than 10,000 people, this obligation is “absolutely not being enforced”. Respondents say they benefited on average only 13% » the number of scheduled sessions, ie 2.7 instead of 21 for the whole education.

There are no scheduled slots ” and ” teachers are not trained “explains Diane Richard, member of the collective, for whom the courses are ” very biology oriented » and little on « emotional relationships

In fact, these interventions often come down to SVT (Life and Earth Sciences), school nurses, family planning workers, or other associations.

But the comparison is difficult. † We have less and less institutionalized time “, to talk about it in parallel with the programs, regrets David Boudeau, president of the APBG (Association of Professors of Biology-Geology) and teacher of SVT.

Same story on the nurses side. † Young people really need to have access to simple and reassuring health education Saphia Guereschi, general secretary of Snics-FSU, the majority association of school nurses. † Talking about your own sexuality or asking your parents is very difficult.

“Gentlemen’s Pleasure”

how to flirt What are the signs of sexual pleasure? Questions difficult to articulate. For Syrine, 16, a high school girl in the Paris area, who mainly gets information through her reading, ” it’s natural, I don’t see why we should make it a taboo

To find answers, most teens explore the internet on their smartphones, go to health professionals and associations. Forums, specialized sites or Instagram accounts such as “ you enjoyed » and « I don’t give a fuck about the clitoris »: the sources are many, of different quality.

Result, ” teens are very knowledgeable but not always knowledgeable, you have to figure it out estimates Sarah Durocher, co-president of Family Planning which intervenes in 3,000 establishments a year.

Boys and girls are also turning to pornography, easily accessible on the Internet, although the criminal code prohibits exposing minors to these types of images. Léa, 20, recalls that “ a lot of the students resorted to porn, which conveyed the idea of ​​sexuality focused solely on the pleasure of the gentlemen

For clinical psychologist Béatrice Copper-Royer, pornography sends teens a vision” very reductive “of sexuality”, performance based and the subjugation of women. The feminist association En Avant Tout(s) makes a similar comment. † Because there are no benchmarks, no models of healthy sexuality, young people don’t know what is normal or not. ‘, describes his spokesperson Louise Delavier.

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