Tag Archives: sex education

Attacking the Abstinence Scapegoat

AWARE is at it again! In their recent roundtable discussion on women, AWARE put sex education in the spotlight, with the main focus on the harmful constructions of young women in some sex education curricula. Here are some snippets from … Continue reading

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Sex-Ed: Home Ground Advantage

The main problem with sex education in Singapore is not the school’s choice to teach abstinence, but rather, the general lack of parental supervision and guidance at home. Many fathers and mothers have abrogated their responsibility by leaving all aspects … Continue reading

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Sex Education Should Not Promote A Culture of Experimentation

Should we be educating young people to have sex without values as a background? Should we depart from the previous emphasis on abstinence? Presenting them with an array of ‘choice’ is itself a value that is being imposed on sex … Continue reading

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Women Deserve Better

The behaviour of AWARE in recent years has caused me rethink my position on feminism. When I was younger, I naïvely thought all feminist groups were filled with courageous women (and men!) who were willing to stand up for the rights … Continue reading

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Value-Based Sex Education

The article “Young minds and bodies: Is ignorance bliss?” (13 August 2013) by Tan Jian Xiang and Catherine Smith suggests that sex education in Singapore schools should move from being values-based to facts-based in order to reduce the escalating rates … Continue reading

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Of Consent and Choice

The article “Don’t Force Parenthood by Denying Abortion” by Ranjana Raghunathan, Jolene Tan and Vivienne Wee, containing their opinions on the never-ending abortion debate, was highly disturbing. The writers are mistaken on two main fronts: (1) They believe that there will be … Continue reading

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