Sex And The Scientist

By | March 7, 2011

I am a big lover of sci-fi. I’ve even managed to convert Suze, whose interest in the genre when I met her could be described as very minimal to a bit of a fan in the time I’ve been with her. So I’m not one to sniff if a film has a few plot holes. If you analyse it fully, sci-fi relies on the suspension of disbelief to work. Either the physics is deliberately wrong or relies on discoveries not yet made to allow the plot to work. See this article on the Beeb to see what I mean.

That works for me, after all I don’t want to go to the cinema or rent a DVD to watch something that ground to a halt halfway through because someone realised that we can’t travel faster than light …

There is one thing that I do object to though. Bad science when it comes to sex and sex education.

When I was school I like many others experienced sex education as a mixture of the disorganised and badly taught lessons in school and playground chat. The number of gaping holes, inadvertent pieces of misinformation and deliberate lies that eventually made up my knowledge of sex at that point in time were pretty typical of kids of my age.

Until I got to do some practical study on real girls I was pretty confused about the whole exciting, scary, sweaty rigmarole that is sex.

That’s why I get fed up of seeing advice given by people who don’t have the breadth of knowledge they think they have or have an agenda that makes them colour the way they present advice and information for reasons of their own. Even doctors are not immune to this, their research often being funded by commercial organisations.

Sex and sexuality should be the epitome pluralism allowing us all to express our views and sexuality with safe, sane and consenting relationships. However before an individual gets to that stage they should be given sound unbiased advice on the basics of sex, contraception and sexual health.