Volume 93, Issue 29

Thursday, October 21, 1999


Debate kick starts BOG race

Sunday's sexy Sue titillates Western crowd

Thames clean up ordered for blob

Bill Gates denied honorary access

Researcher finds link to love handles



Sunday's sexy Sue titillates Western crowd

By Clare Elias
Gazette Staff

Sue Johanson filled the holes left by unsatisfactory high school sex education at the Wave yesterday.

The syndicated talk show host, known for her openness on the topic of sex, continued in her usual style as she discussed the stigma towards sex education.

"Talking about sex is so much harder than doing it," Johanson said. "We need to accept that we are sexual human beings."

From a very early age we are taught to see sex as embarrassing, she said. "A baby boy takes five minutes to find his penis, five minutes to discover it feels good and five minutes for his mother to pull his hand away," Johanson said, adding the ideal situation is for children to grow up learning about sex. The reality, she pointed out, is parents rely too heavily on the education system.

"In your Grade 9 health class did you ever see a diagram of a hard-on?" Johanson asked. The result of the traditional diagrams showing the penis as "dead meat" is that the male feels abnormal for having erections. "He thinks he's an animal, when really he's a normal, horny male.

"The average male teenager has an erection every five minutes all day long. That's why he's always so tired."

While males have names for their anatomy, Johanson discussed the importance that women have a name for their genitals. "As a nurse, I would get women coming in saying 'It hurts, down there,' there are no words to describe female genitalia."

The outcome of this silence is embarrassment, Johanson said, where women do not even take a mirror to look at themselves. Guys will stand in front of the mirror every morning moving their penis around, she added.

Johanson also explained the benefits of understanding female anatomy to appreciate the nature of orgasms. "The clitoris has two times the nerve endings [of] a penis. Eighty per cent of women reach an orgasm by clitoral stimulation, not by intercourse, so you don't need some humungous penis so rigid you can strike matches off of."

Kevin Partridge, a third-year biology student, agreed with Johanson that learning about sex was difficult in school. "Our classes were more like a joke," he said, adding his teachers usually shied away from sex because it was seen as taboo and controversial.

"I found the session very informative, we were taught nothing in school, just diagrams," said Chris Latour a third-year mechanical engineering student.

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