Nabiha Meher Shaikh
26th April 2011
Persuasive Essay: Sex Education In Pakistan
Sex education, a widely recognized term in our society has a misinterpreted meaning. It does not only stand for education regarding sexual intercourse, but is broad in the sense that it involves everything related to sex including sexual anatomy, emotional relations, reproductive rights and responsibilities, and other aspects of human sexual behavior. Although sex education encompasses all this, currently only limited aspects of this broad subject are being taught in schools, the media and other organizations. However, this situation needs to change. The promotion of sex education is most dire in our nation, as it will be extremely advantageous for our people in several aspects. Although it is said that sexual education directly induces sexual arousal and ultimately sexual activity, sexual education needs to be effectively implemented in Pakistan since it is an extremely effective means of controlling the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, is instrumental in ending the woes of teenagers confused about their bodies during puberty, and greatly equips children in protecting themselves from sexual predators and pedophiles.
Sexual education is an effective means of controlling sexually transmitted diseases, the most common of which is HIV/AIDS. According to a study held by the AIDS Research Institute University of California, San Francisco: “The HIV/AIDS epidemic remains a serious health concern for young people, and unprotected sexual activity is responsible for a substantial majority of these infections in youth.” With the majority of the population being illiterate, there is not much awareness regarding the existence and spreading, let alone the prevention of AIDS, especially in the rural areas, where the availability of sources of information such as the internet, television and libraries is seemingly non-existent. In order to restrict the spreading of these fatal diseases, sexual education is required to convey the importance of the use of contraceptives such as condoms, which are one of the most effective means of preventing infection through sexual intercourse. Thus, the provision of sexual education will directly affect the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. If taught about changes in the human body at an early age, children will not find puberty as alien as they do presently. These changes not only include physical changes, but also psychological changes such as involuntary mood swings, which can be quite confusing and distressing, especially if no information is possessed regarding the changes taking place. According to Dr Mobin Akhtar,” adolescents, especially boys, when they get to puberty, and the changes that come with puberty, they think it's due to some disease.” There have even been such cases where this lack of understanding regarding the changes in their bodies has caused teenagers to commit suicide. This state of confusion may lead to teenagers adopting the malpractices of masturbation. Sexual education will facilitate these adolescents, explaining to them the changes taking place in their changes. Sex education will allow them to anticipate the hormonal changes that are to take place without feeling distressed and confused, since they have been assured by proper professionals that these changes are nothing out of the ordinary.
Alerting children regarding the presence of pedophiles and sexual predators will help them protect themselves from the everyday threats imposed by the presence of these figures in our society. Creating such awareness has become increasingly important considering the number of child sexual harassment cases, and surprisingly, the gaining popularity of child pornography in Pakistan. Throughout Pakistan, there are large numbers of uneducated and unaware children who are too poor to afford school, and...