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Dear Indonesian Government, Sex Education Isn’t as Taboo as You Think

Dear Indonesian government,
Learning sex education is not about promoting sexual intercourse in a school environment. Learning sex education means that students have the access to the right information regarding sexual organs and activities. That way, students have the knowledge needed to appreciate their bodies, treating their bodies – as in their reproductive organs – right, and knowing what is right or not while having sexual intercourse in the future. There are actually ways to educate students about sex, but certainly not by confiscating textbooks with vital organ diagrams or by blurring women’s bodies on television shows.
Parents might think that their children are way too young to learn about reproductive organs or sexual intercourse, but for some reason it is important for children to be educated about their one of the most vital organs. It is important for children to know about the function of their genitalia from such a young age. The intention of knowing it is probably different from what the older people know, but it is a suitable way to introduce kids about how to take care of their genitalia hygiene. Another benefit of sex education is to teach young children that genitalia are private areas and not everyone has the right to touch it. That way, children can learn how to defend themselves when they experience any kind of sexual harassment.
Sex education also teaches students how to conduct a safe sexual intercourse. It is not a media that promotes irresponsible or nonconsensual sexual intercourse. On the contrary, it is actually a media to teach students, especially teenagers, about the do’s and don’ts in sexual intercourse, from protection, consent, until how to build a relationship that is a lot more than just sex. By learning sex education, it can avoid things that are wished not to happen right after the intercourse, for example teen pregnancy. Sex education can also be the most reliable source when it comes to intercourse guidance that way teens won’t learn from any other sources, such as pornographic contents, because it will lead to misguidance. Sex education can teach students about sexual-transmitted diseases (STDs) and its prevention. Most importantly, sex education can also transform students into responsible adults, because the effects of sexual intercourse don’t just affect themselves, but also the people they are conducting with.
It is understandable how you try not to talk about sex to children, because somehow children can’t seem to process such information wisely at such young age. Besides that, Indonesia holds the fourth highest ranking in considering religion as something very important, so religious norms, such as not doing premarital sexual intercourse, is being held really strong with the strictest punishment. But somehow, if you keep putting sex education aside and not as important as other knowledge, students will be left without any preparation for their future. Sex education can also be the right way to prevent teen pregnancy, STDs, even sexual abuse.
Those who demand change

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Natasya Fila Rais is an 18 years old child actress, musician, novelist, and journalist. Born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, she has been writing since the age of 7. Her debut young adult novel, "Ephemerae" was released on January 12th, 2017. Natasya also enjoys reading books, listening to music, singing, playing guitar, and traveling. She is a feminist. Her concern about social justice issues is one of the reasons why she begins to touch the world of journalism.

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