As the mother of two little girls, one of whom is 4 years old and constantly asking about how Mommy and Daddy made her, I know that I don't want to impart fear and shame onto my daughters when it comes to sex.I want them, one day, to be able to enjoy it, while knowing that not being careful and communicative can have dangerous emotional and physical consequences." and "What do we call the official name of when a woman receives oral sex? Beyond teen pregnancy and STD prevention, the curricula must also include lessons on consent, sexual harassment, relationship abuse, the negative impacts of gender stereotypes, and sex trafficking." On the wall by the entrance of the classroom was a bulletin board covered in colorful construction paper with markered in words like "fallacio," "hymen," and "coitus interruptus." Jenkins says that having the vocabulary is a crucial part of helping young people feel empowered to talk honestly and openly about a subject she believes is too often considered taboo. For Jenkins, what she's teaching to her primarily 9th grade students is laying the foundation for navigating decisions about their sex lives not just today, but into adulthood.The average European sperm count is in the region of 70 million per millilitre.According to the World Health Organisation, a man needs a sperm count of at least 20 million sperm per millilitre of ejaculate to have a chance of conceiving a child without medical intervention. Studies have shown that men's fertility starts to decline after the age of 35 and female partners, regardless of their own age, have less chance of getting pregnant.
At the same time, STD rates have reached record highs.
Incidentally, if my recollection serves me right, I believe I was the only Asian kid in the class as well.
Asians as a culture aren't exactly the most communicative bunch, especially when it comes to personal matters. Spect felt compelled to make a personal visit to my home to talk to my father.
And across the board, our STD rates have reached an all-time high.
We spend an estimated billion treating sexually transmitted diseases every year. Access to affordable healthcare services is certainly an important factor, but how much of this is driven by societal stigma and taboos when it comes to having real, honest conversations about sex in America?