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Talking about the birds and the bees. Sex is everywhere, and it is popular too. The media regularly use the theme simply because it attracts attention, even in comparatively liberal Norway. A recent article entitled "Sex in the city" turned out to be about urban farming. The theme was bee pollination. Meanwhile, glossy magazines conveniently placed at eye level in the supermarkets purport to have all the answers to improve your sex life. They give guidance on finding the best sex toys – which are essential, of course. They advise on how to be more creative in bed.

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Talking about the birds and the bees

Published on Friday, 8th February, 2013 at 12:15 under the columns category, by Nora Svensson Paus and Ilan Kelman.

Sex is everywhere, and it is popular too.

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Murucututu-de-Barriga-Amarela (Pulsatrix koeniswaldiana)
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The media regularly use the theme simply because it attracts attention, even in comparatively liberal Norway. A recent article entitled "Sex in the city" turned out to be about urban farming. The theme was bee pollination.

Meanwhile, glossy magazines conveniently placed at eye level in the supermarkets purport to have all the answers to improve your sex life. They give guidance on finding the best sex toys – which are essential, of course. They advise on how to be more creative in bed.

Part of this is the significant attention placed on physical appearance. Good sex is equated to having a partner meeting a physical ideal.

The result is that today’s Norwegian youth know plenty about the physical aspects of sex. They have the information they need on positions, variations, and protection.

They receive little matching material on the emotional aspects of sex. Talk of love, communication, and the connection between physical and emotional intimacy is absent.

Sex education in Norwegian schools tends to begin before puberty. The curriculum has plenty of room to cover emotional topics and the potential for doing so is there.

In reality, the teachers talk about what the pupils know already--the physical aspects. Few teachers mention that sex should involve communication; that sex is about trust and intimacy with someone you care about; and that the physical pleasure does not necessarily come automatically.

A group of medical students is changing that. The non-profit Medisinernes Seksualopplysning (Medical Students Sex Education) has since 1974 toured schools around Oslo providing sex and relationship education to youth. The combination of "sex and relationship" is key.

The physical dimension to their work is reducing unwanted pregnancies and inhibiting the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. The emotional side is giving youth a positive view of their bodies, their sexuality and gender, and their choices regarding sex and relationships.

Stopping the prevalence of “sex as glossy” in society is unlikely to succeed. Instead, when talking about sex, the emphasis should be on maturity, openness, and choices, intertwining physical and emotional pleasure.

Nora Svensson Paus is a psychology student at the University of Oslo. Dr. Ilan Kelman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo (CICERO).



Published on Friday, 8th February, 2013 at 12:15 under the columns category, by Nora Svensson Paus and Ilan Kelman.

This post has the following tags: norwayclimate, mediandsexarticles.





  
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