Sex Education is considered a Taboo Subject in Schools from Romania

Author:Lacramioara Mocanu
Pages:297-298
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Sex education is considered a taboo subject nowadays. Parents are mostly embarrassed to talk with their children about this topic, couples are embarrassed to talk to each other, parents even more, feel embarrassed when it comes to sex education of children. If this is the situation, I would believe that it is the communist legacy de, because in that period we can say that sexual relationships... (see full summary)

 
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Sex Education is considered a Taboo Subject in Schools from Romania
Lăcrămioara Mocanu1
Abstract: Sex education is considered a taboo subject nowadays. Parents are mostly embarrassed to talk with
their children about this topic, couples are embarrassed to talk to each other, parents even more, feel
embarrassed when it comes to sex education of children. If this is the situation, I would believe that it is the
communist legacy de, because in that period we can say that sexual relationships beyond marriage were
violently challenged, sex education was reduced to encouraging abstinence, and there was no sexual
connotation in mass media.
Keywords: Sex education; taboo subject; sexual connotation
Sex education is considered a taboo subject nowadays. Parents are mostly embarrassed to talk with
their children about this topic, couples are embarrassed to talk to each other, parents even more, feel
embarrassed when it comes to sex education of children.
If this is the situation, I would believe that it is the communist legacy de, because in that period we can
say that sexual relationships beyond marriage were violently challenged, sex education was reduced to
encouraging abstinence, and there was no sexual connotation in mass media.
People discussed a lot in the communist period, and much more after, about this aggressive population
policy encouraged by the communist regime, and about the devastating long-term effects of the
prohibition of abortion and implicitly of the contraceptive methods.
When we talk about the sex education in the communist period most of us think of the decree
770/1966 which was accompanied by part y and state directions”, intended to influence the
reproductivebehaviour of Romanians. (as Mihaela Miroiu, Robert Şerban, Alexandru Ofrim say)
Thus, the field of sexuality encouraged the speeches of the politicians, the codes of behaviour, the
imposed rules and constraints. The main, and therefore the only materials intended for sex education
were written not only by doctors, but also by psychologists, educators, sociologists, methodologists,
militants, journalists etc. (as Mihaela Miroiu, Robert Şerban, Alexandru Ofrim mention)
Sexualityand contraception became a national problem, and the decision regarding conception did not
belong to the couple, but to the state.
Contraceptive methods are no longer a problem nowadays, but, statistics show that there are still a lot
of people that use traditional contraceptive methods in Romania. According to a study regarding
reproductive health, accomplished by the Ministry of Health in 2004, 24% of Romanian women
usetraditional contraceptive methods. 6% of the women that are in a relationship use the calendar
method, and 25.5% rely on the method of coitus interruptus. (As Georgiana Dorobantu mentions)
1 Associate Professor, PhD, Danubius Uni versity of Galati, Romania, Address: 3 Galati Blvd., Galati 800654, Romania, Tel.:
+40372361102, Romania, E-mail: lacramioaramocanu@univ-danubius.ro.

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