Safe sex? What about good sex? Or frequent sex? The Sheffield branch of Britain's National Health Service has just published a pamphlet entitled Pleasure encouraging sexual health professionals to play up the enjoyable aspects of sex in their discussions with young people. The Telegraph reports:
The advice appears in leaflets circulated to parents, teachers and youth workers and is meant to update sex education by telling students about the benefits of enjoyable sex.
The authors of the guidance say that for too long, experts have concentrated on the need for "safe sex" and committed relationships while ignoring the principle reason that many people have sex.
Entitled Pleasure, the leaflet has been drawn up by NHS Sheffield, but it also being circulated outside the city.
The leaflet carries the slogan "an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away". It also says: "Health promotion experts advocate five portions of fruit and veg a day and 30 minutes' physical activity three times a week. What about sex or masturbation twice a week?"
The new keys to a healthy lifestyle: fruits, vegetables, exercise and …frequent sex? I'm all for encouraging people to get it on, but something doesn't seem quite right here. Maybe I'm paranoid, but I can't help but think we ought to be at least a little bit worried when a government starts classifying sex as another annoying fitness requirement just like eating celery and jogging.
You can view part of the brochure here.
Previously, Brendan O'Neill wrote about the right to excessively noisy sex.