In Switzerland, Sex Ed Means Wooden Penis And Fabric Vagina

In Basel, Switzerland, elementary school-aged children as young as four are getting their sex education via kit replete with a wooden penis, fabric vagina, dolls, puzzles and books. Oh, and a teacher’s guide instructing teachers to “show that contacting body parts can be pleasurable.” You’ll never guess what it’s called. A “sex box!” No, really, it is. (Sex ed is awkward enough for most students – they had to call it a sex box?)

Outraged parents have written 3,000 letters of complaint to officials in Basel, who have agreed to renamed the sex box, reports The Christian Institute (no word yet on new name). Education minister Christoph Eymann said, “It was no doubt stupid to call it a ‘sex box’ – we will change that.” But he says they’re sticking to their original goal, “to get across to children that sexuality is something natural. Without forcing anything upon them or taking anything away from their parents.”

The article also quotes Daniel Schneider, one of the program’s developers, who says, “Children should be encouraged to develop and experience sexuality in a pleasurable way.” To that end, theΒ  teacher’s guide suggests that teachers get students to massage each other or to rub themselves with warm sand bags accompanied by soft music.

The controversy brings up a couple of points. First, how young is too young to be teaching kids about sex in the classroom? Second, has this sex-ed program gone too far or is it a step in the right direction? We’d love to hear your thoughts; please weigh in!

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    • A_Nonny_Mouse

      In very short words:

      This is grooming children for sexual abuse by teachers (or others in positions of authority). This normalizes the idea that non-family adults have a right to touch kids sexually, or to ask the kids to touch themselves so the adults “can be sure you’re doing it right”. It should outrage every parent, no, every adult, who reads about this; the parents of Basel kindergartners should band together and beat Education Minister Christoph Eymann over the head with baseball bats until he starts thinking clearly.

      Think of it: “OK kids, get the sex box out and start massaging yourself or the kid next to you. What you feel is pleasure. Is that right? Let me hear you answer, now.”

      “Yes, teacher.”

      “Good, class. Now, remember, this is good. This is normal. We will do it three times a week for the school year.”

      After a few weeks of this, if the principal or the gym teacher decides to “test” how well an individual student is “learning about pleasure”, do you think the child –and remember, they’re only in kindergarten (around 5 years old)– would consider it “bad touch”, or would he/she think “it’s just another teacher making sure I know about the feel-good places”?

      Horrible. Depraved. Evil. Wrong. Disgusting. And, certainly, DAMAGING to those poor children entrusted to the foul practices of this school system.

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