Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Sex Ed was never like this when I was at school...


Now that the obligatory April 1st headlines are out of the way, I'll point you in the direction of some unmissable telly.

No, not the dull as ditchwater Apprentice (Big Brother for the middle class). I'm talking about sex. Well, sex ed to be more precise.

Channel 4 have a series running all this week called "The Sex Education Show versus Pornography" and it is delightfully direct. There has been no shortage of cringing, "ewwwwwing" and "I didn't know that" in our flat (as indeed, I expect, around the country).

If you're a bit prudish and don't think it's for you, I'll give you the gist. Presenter Anna Richardson takes some naked models into schools to show kids what normal (ie, non-pornstar) bodies look like; interviews some people about sex and chats to a porn actor who tells her it isn't as glamourous as it looks.

If nothing else, it's a pretty decent comment on how liberal society has become discussing sex. I can think of nothing worse than watching the show with my mum (perhaps watching it with my Gran) but there are kids on it as young as 12 and 13 talking candidly (in front of their parents at times) about watching porn.

You can catch the previous two episodes on 4oD. The next episode is on tonight at 9pm. Unfortunately for me, it clashes with the Scotland-Iceland match, and I'm heading out to the pub to watch it.

(Obligatory pun coming)

It's a shame really... there'll probably be more chat about "shooting" on the Sex Ed show than at the football...

3 comments:

subrosa 1 April 2009 at 18:14  

Tut tut Malc, ye of little hope. Let's hope they manage a result, Scotland I mean.

Malc 1 April 2009 at 18:42  

Shoulda put "result" in inverted commas...

Mark McDonald 1 April 2009 at 22:51  

Alternatively, The Wire is on after Newsnight...

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