Volume 91, Issue 35

Friday, October 31, 1997

flesh and bones


New angles on sex

By Sara Marett
Gazette Staff

A global sex survey released this week by Durex condoms revealed people around the world are having more sex.

Fourteen countries participated in the survey, which questioned over 10,000 people aged 16 and over, said Sonya Agnew, director of marketing for Durex.

The survey found France is the most sexually active nation having sex 151 times a year. The French edged out the Americans who enjoy sex 148 times a year. Canadians hit the global average with 112 sexual encounters a year.

An alarming aspect of the survey was the decreasing age at which people are having their first sexual encounter, Agnew said. Americans are reported to lose their virginity at the lowest age of 15.8 with Canada close behind at 16.2.

Agnew said another worrisome aspect of the survey was the attitudes towards HIV and AIDS. "The concern about the disease has dropped globally except for Canada – we are the most concerned country."

"As far as sex education is concerned, 58 per cent of people said sex ed should start before the age of 12, particularly when we are having sex at an earlier age," Agnew said. She added most people are not getting this education from school, but from friends.

The Sex Education Centre at the University of Toronto launched a campaign this week in attempts to dispel myths associated with sexuality. The campaign involves approximately 400 posters around campus, some which say, "The bigger the penis, the better the sex is," with a picture of Michaelangelo's David.

Another poster targets the myth of equating sex with intercourse. It reads, "Having sex, making love, or fucking consists of more than just one act. Sex is about sensuality, feelings, closeness and touching." This poster has a naked couple embracing.

Humberto Carolo, coordinator of the Sex Education Centre, said the posters have shocked some students, but the centre welcomes the controversy.

At Brock University, the Students' Union passed an initiative to have a student dress up as a penis and distribute condoms around campus to promote safe sex.

Cindy Camp, health education coordinator at Western's Student Health Services, said she is weary about poster campaigns as they tend to get lost or torn down. Instead, one of Western's sex education initiatives is the "Sex at Seven" program, where trained peer counsellors visit residences, fraternities, sororities and clubs to play "Sexual Jeopardy."

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