It also brings to mind how vital a good sex education is for young people to become sensible, well informed adults. Legal marriage or not, the question of homosexuality is going to come up. Inevitably. A person might live in comfortable ignorance of polyamory, pansexuality because they never meet someone who is out and we never see such lives in the media right now, perhaps one day we will. Perhaps a comprehensive sex education in the home and school would help bring more visibility.
So that pretty much clears that up for us, now we can concentrate on the content and benefits of good sex education in schools, particularly post Section 28. Liz Truss, the education minister is satisfied with sex education remaining voluntary in schools.
an education allows unexpected encounters online to be dealt with maturely.
Frank discussions about what seem uncomfortable subjects mean you control what your child learns and how they discover less savoury aspects of life. If online porn etc is worrying those who want to protect by denying knowledge from their children, it appears an education to fall back on allows unexpected encounters online to be dealt with maturely and with less trauma.
Which is why at the National Association of Headteachers Steve Watkins, the headteacher at Millfield primary in Leeds, suggested that schools should talk to children of nursery age of "things that shouldn't be there" regarding pornographic material online and Russell Hobby, NAHT's general secretary, said: "Young people must be protected from pornography and children should receive appropriate guidance as part of sex and relationships education."
A comprehensive sex education that covers everything from porn to domestic abuse could result in a reduction of the Facebook 'humour' (yes, scare quotes) that looks an awful lot like hate speech and certainly more offensive than breastfeeding on Facebook. Laura Bates of Everyday Sexism is currently leading a campaign against these pages and targeting companies who have adverts that appear on the pages, with plenty of support but not much action from Facebook.
See how a little education can go a long way?