Sexuality: For teens, information is drawn more on the Internet than in school

(AFP) – Understanding Contraception, Pleasure, or Intimacy pornography to know sexuality.

“Before the Third, we didn’t talk about it at all,” says Louise, 15, in Second in Lot-et-Garonne. “Nurses have come to class this year,” but “I think it should have happened sooner,” he said.

Since 2001, the law states that “information and education on sexuality is provided in schools, colleges and institutes at a rate of at least three annual sessions.”

However, according to a poll conducted by the #NousToutes feminist group of more than 10,000 people, published earlier this year, this obligation “does not apply at all.” Respondents say they have benefited “on average only 13%” from the number of planned sessions, that is, 2.7 instead of 21 in all schooling.

“There are no places planned” and “teachers are not trained”, explains Diane Richard, a member of the group, for whom the courses are “very biology-oriented” and have little “emotional relationships”.

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

But the equation is difficult. “We have less and less institutionalized time,” said David Boudeau, president of the APBG (Association of Biology-Geology Teachers) and professor of SVT.

The same story by the nurses. “It used to be insufficient, but with the health crisis there is a whole generation for which it is a problem” because “what was stripped of the school was health education,” says Saphia Guereschi, secretary general of Snics -FSU, most. school nurses union.

However, for her, these sessions are “essential”. “Young people really need access to simple, reassuring health education,” he said. “It’s very difficult to talk about your own sexuality or your parents’ questions.”

– “The pleasure of the gentlemen” –

How to flirt? What are the signs of sexual pleasure? Difficult questions to verbalize. For 16-year-old Syrine, a high school student in the Paris region, who is mostly informed through her reading, “it’s natural, I don’t see why we would make it taboo.”

To find answers, most teens browse the Internet on their smartphones, consult health professionals, and partner. Forums, specialized websites or Instagram accounts like “T’as joui” and “Je m’enbat le clit”: the resources are many, of various quality.

As a result, “teens are well-informed but not always well-informed. “These spaces that we create, where they can ask what information they have had, question it and criticize it, are very important.”

Boys and girls also resort to pornography, which is easily accessible on the Internet, although the penal code prohibits exposing minors to such images. Recently, several places have been ordered to comply with the law. And, the court will examine on May 24 the total blockade of five of them, who did not react to this request.

Léa, 20, recalls that “many” college students turned to porn, conveying the idea of ​​sexuality “focused solely on the pleasure of gentlemen.”

For clinical psychologist Beatrice Copper-Royer, pornography sends teens a “very reductive” view of sexuality, “performance-based,” and women’s submission. “Girls feel they have to bend to these dogmas. They’re often far from what they want. It’s worrying.”

The feminist association En Avant Tout (s) makes a similar observation. “Because there are no references or models of healthy sexuality, young people do not know what is normal or not,” said spokeswoman Louise Delavier.

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