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The Pleasure Is in Your Hands

Posted on Nov 12, 2009

The campaign includes instruction on self-pleasuring techniques along with advice on contraception and self-respect.

A new sex education program in Spain’s Extremadura region is aimed at putting students’ sexual development into their own hands. The program, which teaches young people “sexual self-exploration” and “self-pleasure,” has sparked controversy as it battles with traditional (boring) Catholic views on sex. —JCL

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It is a subject that would make most governments blush, but officials in the Spanish region of Extremadura have launched a major programme to encourage what could be described as a more hands-on approach to sexuality.

The region’s socialist government has launched a €14,000 (£12,600) campaign aimed at teaching young people how best to set about “sexual self-exploration and the discovery of self-pleasure” – or to put it less delicately: masturbation.

“Pleasure is in your own hands” is the slogan of a campaign that has sparked political controversy and challenges traditional Roman Catholic views on people having sex, even on their own, for non-reproductive reasons.

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By DaveZx3, November 13, 2009 at 11:15 am Link to this comment

Anarcissie, November 13 at 12:49 pm #

“I feel that governmental involvement in sex can only be bad for sex.  It’s bad enough that corporations, religious and educational institutions, media flacks, gurus and other predators have gotten into it”

I have to agree with Anarcissie. 

Government and education, as well as the others he has mentioned have no business teaching sex techniques.  It is absurd to think that would be a good idea.

Stay out of my sex life, and quit indoctrinating my kids.  You would think they would have something better to do given the sorry state they find themselves all in, including education.

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By Anarcissie, November 13, 2009 at 8:49 am Link to this comment

I feel that governmental involvement in sex can only be bad for sex.  It’s bad enough that corporations, religious and educational institutions, media flacks, gurus and other predators have gotten into it.

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By Jim Yell, November 13, 2009 at 8:47 am Link to this comment
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Well I can think of many constructive reasons this could be of great benifit. I also think relationships should be taught too. The sadest thing is how most of us bungle our relationships and don’t even know we are doing it.

Less frusteration might mean less anger and striking out at others. If we review the degrees to which the fundamentalist response to sexuality has failed and led to so much negative results, aka Roman Catholic Priests, but not restricted to them, it seems about time for a new approach to an old habit.

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By Virginia777, November 13, 2009 at 8:41 am Link to this comment

go for it, Spain, I love it

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By Pat Henry, November 13, 2009 at 1:20 am Link to this comment

Teaching young males the art of “self-exploration” is like telling the sun how to come up in the East, or the flowers how to blossom in the Spring.  It’s a totally unnecessary waste of taxpayers’ money.  Little boys touch themselves in utero don’t they?  By the time they get to school they’ve got a pretty good idea of what works, and by the time puberty descends like an hormonal tsunami, they are masters of the territory.  We males are so predictable.

Little girls and mature women are a different matter altogether.  Cultural inhibitions and lower testosterone levels make their pleasuring pathways much less obvious to themselves or to their lovers.  The mysteries of feminine anatomy and physiology are expressed in our our prose, our music and our poetry.

I’m still learning and I’m in my 8th decade.  I intend to continue my studies of the subject until my dying day.  As the French might say, “C’est bandant. Vive la difference!”

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By Leefeller, November 12, 2009 at 7:13 pm Link to this comment

Yes one can understand the Catholic Church not being happy with this, seems it will take away some chores already done in privacy by the clergy, so what will now become of publicly educated choir boys?

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By DaveZx3, November 12, 2009 at 3:22 pm Link to this comment

So projecting the role of sex education 10 or 20 years into the future, will they be dragging out the mats and doing it on the floor? 

At least it will make attendance go up.  Who would drop out of a school where all you had to do was get it on every day.  Of course don’t expect the kids to be very productive in the work force after they graduate.  It will probably just carry over into that arena also. 

It just gave me a new idea for a business, fold out beds.  I will make everything into a fold out bed, so no matter where you are, you can just get it on at will and in comfort.  I have already had a good idea for a water fountain fold out bed, and have started thinking of the conference table fold out king-sized bed, where the whole board of directors can have a “whatever that thing is called”.

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By Blackspeare, November 12, 2009 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment

Seriously, for Spain, the decision for this educational route was hard.

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By Blackspeare, November 12, 2009 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment

All joking aside, Spain has got the situation in hand.

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By Blackspeare, November 12, 2009 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment

Now calling Spain a country of jerk-offs has real meaning!!

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By gerard, November 12, 2009 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment

And in Andalusia yet!  Will Eleanor of Aquitaine rise from her stone sarcophagus and blow a kiss to the Pope in Rome?

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By Potent_Placebo, November 12, 2009 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment
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“Pleasure is in your own hands”

My advisor, Carrie Prejean, concurs.

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By Robert, November 12, 2009 at 11:42 am Link to this comment
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To think that any country would use “logic” and “reason” in areas concerning sex, especially among the young, just boggles my mind. Of course, that could never happen in the U.S. because too many religious groups would be opposed to it. It is easier to control people who are sexually repressed, than those who are sexually liberated, and religions are not eager to give up that control over their followers.

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