Clinton not only one confused
A recent study of university students in
The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality produced a scary revelation:
most did not know exactly what sex was, and as a result, were
not practicing safer sex.
Amazingly, while an overwhelming 97 per cent said vaginal
intercourse was sex, 83 per cent said anal intercourse fit
the definition, while only 22 per cent believed oral sex made
To further the discrepancy, 15 per cent said that touching
one’s genitals resulting in orgasm was considered sex,
while only 7.8 per cent said that in the same case but without
orgasm, it was not sex.
As a result, this has caused public health officials to worry.
And it’s easy to understand why.
There is no clear cut definition of sex. It is something different
for each individual — some classify sex as only sexual
intercourse. Others say sex includes everything from oral to
One could say the definition of having sex is an orgasm and
the discharge of fluids through physical contact with another
person. Some argue that an orgasm is not necessary for it to
be considered sex.
It is much easier to think of sex as a general term to classify
all of the above and more. Actually having sex is what is individual
and differs from person to person.
One thing is clear however and that is, sex is physical. No
matter how you define it, it is a physical act. And for the
most part, involves at least two people.
The main problem with not being able to define sex, is not
being able to define what safe sex is. If you can’t define
safe sex, then how do you teach it?
It is important sex education is taught to children in school,
preferably before they came to university. People need to be
aware of all the risks involved when they get into sexual relationships.
They need to be taught about STDs and pregnancy, so that when
they do engage in a sexual activity, the proper precautions
It would be nice to say that common sense should play a role
in all this and one would like to assume that those having
sex would be aware of any possible consequences. For example,
here’s a good piece of advice: don’t kiss strangers
if you both have open wounds in your mouth.
Perhaps the focus shouldn’t be so much on defining what
exactly sex is, but rather on teaching people how to protect
themselves with any sexual activity. Maybe the wording of the
practice safe sex ads could be changed to “have safe
This might help some of the less intelligent young people
in society realize that activity like oral sex can actually
lead to life-altering problems if they fail to use common sense.
Sex education is something that needs to be taught from a
young age, so that when people get to university, they don’t
end up looking as stupid as some of the people who responded
to the survey.