And you thought my views on oral sex were hilarious. Apparently the Spaniards don’t exactly take kind to teaching how to jerk off. Yes, the Spaniards.

It was this last element that attracted attention across the country. “Masturbation Workshops for Adolescents,” ran the headline in Que!, a free daily in Madrid. “Extremadura Promotes Masturbation,” cried the centrist national paper El Mundo. Criticizing the spending as frivolous, especially during a recession, the Catalan paper La Vanguardia sniped, “Extremadura’s youth may have the highest rates of unemployment, but they’ll be the best masturbators.”


Well, given the fact that sex education is a little weird to begin with, you have to look at the rest of the European nations and how they deal with it.

In fact, Spain is among the minority of European Union member states that do not require sexual education in schools. And in comparison to what gets taught in other Western European nations, the material in the Extremadura program hardly seems radical. In the Netherlands, for instance, teachers at public schools lead discussions in which they ask girls ages 12 to 15 what they would do if their boyfriends refused to wear a condom. In Finland, basic sex education begins in kindergarten, and the curriculum for ninth-graders includes lessons on abortion and masturbation. In Germany, where sex education is mandatory, public school teachers have been known to discuss oral sex and different sexual positions. And in Britain, the National Health Service responded to the country’s burgeoning rates of teen pregnancy this past summer by launching an awareness campaign called “One Orgasm a Day” that sought to steer young people away from intercourse and toward masturbation.

Somewhere there is a kid in the United States with a 1.8 GPA in High School who wishes that this sort of open minded talk would boost his or her to being on the Dean’s List. Here’s to hoping you Lil’ Tink Tink you.

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