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Published articles by Cedriann Martin • Sexuality

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Mixed reviews from NGOs - PM: "Forget Sex Watch TV"
Last Monday, at a cottage meeting in Thompson Gardens, Tarouba, Prime Minister Patrick Manning reportedly told an audience of "mainly relocated squatters" that "you should only have the number of children you could support". His follow-up suggestion that residents look at television programmes until they fall asleep "instead of doing other things" earned the PM the front-page headline "Forget Sex, Watch TV". And it also earned mixed reviews from local NGOs.
Forget TV, Read this Forget Sex, Watch TV. Last Wednesday, the Express reported on a memorable message delivered by Prime Minister Patrick Manning to his constituents at a cottage meeting in Tarouba. (Yes, the same Tarouba in which the $850 million stadium will be built. And yes, the same stadium that's worth its cost because, apart from reducing crime, it could also double as a shelter should a natural disaster strike. And yes again, your Prime Minister said that, too.)
The Case for (Talking About) Condoms
A girl brought the book AIDS in the Tropics to class. It was passed around and hovered over like a Hustler in a boys' school. Instead of ooohs, aaahs and oh-my-Gods, however, there were many and several oh geeds, oh gyads and God Nos. No air-brushed boobs and frilly panties here. Just page after page of decaying unmentionables.
Sex Education Around the World "Sex education policy is a political hot potato. A shrinking world. The explosion of HIV. The clash of contrasting ideologies. And the ever-looming dollar sign. These factors have combined to complicate one of the world's most critical challenges. What children are taught about sex has become a point on which elections are won and the basis upon which lives are saved. Or lost, depending."
Youth advocates call abstinence-only a betrayal
The issue of who should teach our children about sex and what they should say is dangerously delicate. The members of Advocates for Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (AYSRHR) learned this quite unceremoniously when a national furore was sparked by its distribution of brochures containing a condom and information on sexually transmitted infections to secondary school students in 2003.

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