SEX EDUCATION – Can VR Help Save Poor Sex Ed?

SEX EDUCATION – Can VR Help Save Poor Sex Ed?

Is the present state of sex education poor or even worse?

When thinking about sexual education, probably, the first thing that comes to your mind is a picture of a teacher trying to put a condom on a banana or some kind of toy.
Yes, it can be helpful in some way. Yes, it is a real demonstration and yes, students can try it out too.
But, we can see a whole world of flaws with this kind of education and presentation.

Let’s point out 3 major disadvantages:

  • even this form of sex education is sometimes missing
  • it’s not even close to being comprehensive as it needs to be
  • it can be embarrassing or funny for some kids,  so they lack attention

LACK OF SEXUAL EDUCATION

If we talk about the USA, we can say America is failing their students when it comes to sex education. I’d point out an interesting fact. Not only it is not mandated in all states to have sex education in school, but only 13 states require that sex education has to be medically accurate. Out of all states, only 25 of them mandate sex education in school.

Those statistics are devastating.

LACK OF INFORMATION AND LACK OF GOOD INFORMATION

When sex education is comprehensive, students feel more informed, make safer choices and have healthier outcomes. All of which results in fewer unplanned pregnancies and more protection against sexually transmitted diseases and infections, study says.

Pretty obvious, one would say.

But then, why is it not required to be medically accurate, to include information on contraception, to include information about abstinence and to teach children about sexual orientation? Or, if we go even further, why they don’t teach children about consent, about sexual desire and drive, about mutual pleasure, about psychological aspects of sex or about safe sex practices? We could put more things on the list, but that is not a point. Our aim should be to do all the basic things right (and everywhere!).

Here is a cart comparing policies across all states, take a look. Click on it to enlarge!

 Spices of Lust - State policies sexual education

 

SOME KIDS WOULD LEARN MORE IN MORE PRIVATE SETTING

This may or may not be a crucial point in this story, but the fact is that some of us were shy or easily distracted while growing up. While it’s not a problem for some kids, for some is.

Maybe there should be an option for kids who need more privacy.

ARE THE NEW TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS ANSWER TO POOR SEX EDUCATION WE’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR?

Technology in today’s world is so advanced, that it made innovations and advancements possible on a daily basis. At the same time, in the same world, our kids are probably not learning about sex at all. If maybe they are,  they could be learning completely medically wrong stuff about sex, their bodies, and their future.

Many people recognized technology as a potential answer to this situation. It has given us the possibility of many immersive experiences, while on the other hand, being in a private space. VR environments offer a safe way to explore social issues and teach kids about potentially risky situations.

First project

we’d like to present is an educational campaign on consent, launched by YMCA in Montreal. Students would by using VR headsets, enter into scripted interactions with a persistent male suitor, all from their, female perspective. Projects’ aim is to raise awareness on gender equality and violence by having people step into someone else’s shoes.

Second project,

a project from Emory University and Georgia Tech, is a sex education project for young women of color. They are aiming to provide comprehensive sex ed to inform their students on safe sex practices, STIs, HIV infections and pregnancy. One of the professors working on the project, Rasheeta Chandler, gave examples of scenarios that one could role-play. It could be a situation where you and your avatar partner sit in a dorm room, about to have sex. The user would be asked whether she wants to use a condom and if she opts for it, she would have to demonstrate on cyber-genitals how to use it. If she fails, she is sent to an educational component in VR program, teaching her why contraception is a wise choice.

Or, Chandler says, another scenario is evoking a club setting where a stranger offers a student a drink and then asking her to leave with him. It is a practice on how to give consent or how to say ”no”.

Third project

we would like to point out, our favorite, is ”Virtual Sexology”, from adult entertainment company BaDoinkVR.  As they claim, they are trying to revolutionize and improve the experience with the use of technology. Their program – ”Virtual Sexology” combines porn, sex education and therapy into one, where users, through 180-degree VR video experience, can learn about a lot of, usually, not so often talked about things. Program subheading is ”Exploration of the Uniquely Feminine Aspects of Desire and Pleasure’ and it provides interaction for the user to learn how to be a better lover, to be more confident and to enjoy more. This project is a result of a collaboration of AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Dr. Holly Richmond and other experts in the field, and as they say, made for women by women.

As Dr. Richmon said:

“Virtual Sexology is a progressive concept that offers a wide variety of positive sexual health applications in an informative and entertaining way. Women’s desire and arousal are unique to men’s and extremely varied, so our approach with this endeavor was to explore not only what women want, but also how they want it.”

We think that this excellent idea can give knowledge to a lot of women, in comfort of their own home and by using proven techniques.

THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING.

While we can see there are already more than a few projects of sex education including technology, this is only the beginning of what is coming, in terms of technology available and in terms of educational projects.

We are certain that there is a need for similar projects for men, as young me’ brains are very susceptible. Porn is easily accessible which in the end leads to kids growing up with completely wrong sexual ideas and expectations. It is a question that needs addressing too.

Governments should spend more money on sex education and in technology in general. If we talk about VR, every student should have access to one VR set. Projects in the making can be the best in the world but if the end user does not have an VR set available, there is no use of it. If we look at the statistics, schools can’t even provide a computer per student. Population in areas where sex education is more than necessary, often can’t afford themselves a computer and/ or VR set.

My opinion is that by using technology like this all kids can get the same level of good and comprehensive education. Especially in more conservative areas where, now, their knowledge could be and probably is biased by a conservative teacher.

Sexual education is a matter that needs constant addressing and attention. We are living in a world were population gets higher and there is, as it never was, so many people living in poverty and in lack of their fundamental human rights. Technology, if developed and used correctly can be the bridge that covers the gap between nothing and everything one needs and has.

What is your opinion on sexual education in the USA? Or, where you are from? Did you get enough sex ed in school?

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