Let’s talk about sex

By on October 23, 2012

Why is it that families in America typically don’t like to discuss sex, yet it’s acceptable for sexual innuendos to be displayed through imagery in advertising, movies, songs, and so on?

Advocates Today, Doctors Tomorrow (ATDT) hosted a sexual awareness event called “Let’s Talk about Sex” this past Wednesday in the Alumni Auditorium of the HUC.

Open sex discussion for UAB students. Clarence Barbour/Staff Photographer

Members of ATDT lead a brief discussion with audience members before and after the screening of the documentary. The event supplied free popcorn.

“How does the Media portray sex in society?” asked Majaliwa Mzombwe, Vice President of ATDT and a junior biology and philosophy Pre-Med student.

Some answers from the pool of audience members included simple answers such as “sex sells.” Other answers were more complex, such as “I think how we view sex and sexuality is tied to a religion. That makes it hard for the government to do anything addressing these issues.”

The film Let’s Talk About Sex addressed the problems that a majority of American families face when dealing with issues of sex. According to the film, the fact that millions of people grew up being preached abstinence, the idea of sex has become associated with other evil passions, such as drugs, alcohol abuse, or smoking.

A man in the film commented about how he was taught about sex, “Keep your horse in the stable. Don’t let it ride.”

In contrast, many European countries accept sex as a normal part of life and are more open about it. Many parents shown in the film even supplied contraception to their sons and daughters.
Strangely enough, the amount of teen birth rates and sexually transmitted diseases are significantly higher in the abstinence-preaching U.S. than other safe-sex-preaching European nations, according to the Centers of Disease Control.

“It’s shocking to see how high the bars go for the U.S.,” said Mzombwe.

The documentary also dispelled some facts about schools around the country teaching condoms prevent

HIV transmission up to 31% of the time and that mutual masturbation without intercourse can still lead to pregnancy.

After the event, ATDT offered free condoms to anyone willing to accept them. A banner outside the auditorium described as “the condom wall” was decorated with unopened condoms there for the taking.

“Some people looked at the wall,” said Sadhvi Batra, President of ATDT and a junior neuroscience and philosophy pre-med student. “There was a mixture of reactions – the worst was when some guy walked until he was pretty far away, then he turned around and said, ‘Wait ‘till marriage!’”

By sparking controversy about this issue, ATDT hopes the consequences will lead to people eventually becoming accustomed to discussing sex with other people.

“We’re definitely going to do it again,” said Batra.

ATDT will be hosting more events near and on campus in the future. Of these events includes a volunteer meeting for any student on campus that would like to help make “safe sex party treats” to be distributed to others. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 23, on the fifth floor of Heritage Hall.

Russ Timothy
Staff Writer
Russtim@uab.edu

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