Sex in the Society
India is a country of traditions, cultures and values; the public use of even the word ‘Sex’ is considered unethical; right? Can we not see the irony here? The country which is renowned for the creation of ‘Kamasutra – the ultimate guidebook for sex’ considers it a taboo. We certainly did not reach the population of one billion by chance, did we? The distaste for sex when in public is an antiquated scruple imposed on us, but we can never shake off the feeling of wanting sex. So why shy away from it? Sex is considered to be one of the healthiest natural activities and the best form of exercise. It not only acts as a stress buster but also lowers the level of cholesterol and blood pressure. So why not spread the knowledge and discuss openly about something so beneficial like everything else?
Talking about the morality of the Indian society and history, we had had temples like Khajuraho, Ajanta and Konark built to promote the knowledge of sex as a healthy activity. Does this mean all our Gods are promiscuous? This conservative attitude of our society towards sex and has put the nation’s youth in a dilemma. Because they don’t receive proper guidance from parents or in schools, they tend to gather information from all the wrong and cheap sources. This is one of the primary reasons for teen pregnancies, abortions, rapes, molestation cases, increasing number of teens with STD’s etc. There is an urgent need for a structured and unprejudiced format for educating adolescents so that they can elucidate the right knowledge from the right sources. Sex education is the need of the hour.
Sadly, no sex education doesn't mean no sex. The most searched word on the internet in India is ‘Sex’. Why you wonder? It’s because people shun away from even using it publicly leave alone talking about it. It is the curiosity of young minds that forces them to be misled and as a consequence, commit something drastically wrong. We are now in the 21st century; conservativeness should no longer be a reason for being a less developed country. We need to create an open environment for the youth so that they can grow responsibly with proper education about sensitive issues like sex.
Sex is not something which is confined to the bedroom and is used only for reproductive purposes. It is not something we need to feel guilty of and portray our false innocence when the topic is discussed. It is high time that we break the shackles of this social taboo and face it agreeably. It’s not like we don’t have a sweet tooth for sex? Therefore, the society and mainly the youth need to be enlightened on this issue so that they are mature enough to play safe and have fun (when the time is right of course).
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