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Lessons on sexuality in the time of no sex education

Why teach young boys and girls about their bodies when they are not going to be allowed to use them, at least not the topmost part that houses a thing called the brain?

Nairita Mukherjee Noir_Memoir 15 March 2018, 7:27 PM
What's lesbianism? We don't even know what's sex

What's lesbianism? We don't even know what's sex Image: Thinkstock

Towards the tail-end of last year, a school in Kerala rusticated a boy and a girl for a crime as heinous as hugging. "A girl and a boy are not allowed to congratulate even with a handshake inside the school premises, it is against discipline," a school official had reportedly said, calling the "shameless" 16-year-old boy a Vithukala (bull in heat). 

In less than three months, history repeated itself in West Bengal, when a bunch of 10 girls were rusticated because of their ''lesbian behaviour". What exactly is this behaviour? There's no clarity on that, but we're guessing it was also something on the lines of a hug. It's just unacceptable, and so against our culture. And then, Partha Chatterjee, the state education minister, said what we'd all been thinking. "That is not the culture of Bengal," he told The Quint

Partha da feels a school is no place to explore one's sexuality, a thought that ran through the minds of most policymakers when they decided sex education is not needed. The thought of teenage pregnancies, painful abortions and sexually-transmitted diseases that can happen due to lack of awareness of course did not.

 

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After all, why teach young boys and girls about their bodies when they are not going to be allowed to use them, at least not the topmost part that houses a thing called the brain? 

A school is rather a place to find out what you can't do in life: What not to wear, what not to eat, what not to say, what not to think, what not to aspire for. Which is why the acting headmistress of Kamala Girls School reportedly felt the need to 'straighten' the girls out, saying, "Our aim was to discuss the matter with them so that we can bring these girls on the right course through efforts both at home and in school."

So, is the 'right course' heterosexuality? But then, we just established last year that a boy and a girl hugging is also against our culture. How do students learn about lesbianism (or the so-called evils of this 'abnormal' behaviour as some like to believe) even as they're denied basic sex education? Can you solve complex Calculus problems if you don't know basic arithmetic?

Sorry, Partha da, this one was way out of syllabus. And you were way out of line.

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