Contrast & Diversity in Second Life

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There’s a major vent agitating to escape my brain this morning. Rather than allowing it to explode in a pointless rant I’ll simply highlight a couple of contrasting approaches to the same subject and leave it there.

The background for this bit of rambling is a gorgeous new landscape that has popped up on Twilight’s Edge.  I’ll show you at the end why it fits the theme. :)

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Sex always seems to get people riled up – whether it’s who is having it, with whom, or how or where, and OMG how do we give people the basic tools to protect themselves and make sound choices.

Adequate learning about the subject, for some reason in an age of science and technology, is still a matter for debate.

I can remember being appalled at meeting a university student who thought she couldn’t get pregnant as long as she and her boyfriend didn’t climax at the same moment. This was decades ago and, even then, it seemed her lack of knowledge was a black mark on the education system.

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Approaches to the subject can be diverse but equal. This is not one of those occasions. Contrast the lessons being learned by students in Mississippi, where handing around an unwrapped peppermint pattie is intended to illustrate how dirty it gets and “that a girl is no longer clean or valuable after she’s had sex — that she’s been used”, with an attempt in England to remove the barrier of embarrassment and ensure frank discussion.

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Books are and will be written about the problem, unfortunately they won’t be read by those who need them. There are so many things wrong with one of the approaches I just highlighted that I can’t even begin to deal with it.

In the meantime, I’ll stick to enjoying the contrasts available in the virtual. If you go visit the fish you’ll fall from the minimalist beauty at sea level to a lush underwater jungle. Neither option will screw you up for the rest of your life. :p

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  1. Rhianon Jameson

     /  April 5, 2014

    I hadn’t heard that sure-fire method for preventing unwanted pregnancies, but I’ll file it away for future advice. To people I don’t like.

    I know nothing about the effectiveness of different approaches to sex education, and I’m probably happier that way. However, decisions are rarely made in a vacuum – choices made on spacewalks being the obvious exception – and it doesn’t seem like a stretch to think that one’s approach to the topic of sex education depends on the general level of knowledge of the students. To put it another way, you’re appalled at this specific educational approach, but it may just be one symptom of a much bigger problem.

    • Oh it is – it’s a very religious area which was forced into providing “sex education”. The contents were not, however, dictated. They also have the highest level of teen pregnancies in the country.

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