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Swedish parents livid over girls' sex book

Rebecca Martin · 14 Sep 2011, 12:10

Published: 14 Sep 2011 12:10 GMT+02:00

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”I was shocked. I really didn't think they would have that kind of book,” said Linda Westberg, mother of a girl from the school to the newspaper.

Another mother, whose 7-year-old daughter brought the offending book home, agrees.

”It describes masturbation and what happens in the body when a person gets horny. I want children to be allowed to be children for as long as possible,” she said to the paper.

The book that sparked the controversy is entitled "Lilla Snippaboken", employing a common Swedish slang term for vagina, and is written by Swedish author Dan Höjer

The book covers most of what there is to know about female genitalia.

From the book, the girls can learn about what their sex organs look like, what female arousal is and what it is like getting your period.

The book, which was published in 2004, also brings up the way people have viewed the female sex throughout history and touches upon 12-year-old girls' own thoughts about sex and masturbation.

According to GD, it also explains words that are connected with female genitalia like 'tampon' and 'discharge', and with sex, like 'making out' and 'petting', as well as four-letter words in common usage in Sweden.

Höjer is also the author of a book about the male sexual organs, "Lilla Snoppboken", which describes the male genitalia, and is aimed at young boys.

However, parents of the children at the Gävle school want the book pulled from the shelves of the library or at least for the teacher to limit the children's access to it.

But Anki Gustravsson, the acting principal at the school, does not agree that it is wrong for the school library to have childrens' books about genitalia on its shelves.

”This book is classed as material for sexual education aimed at children. We have students up to the age of eleven at this school and this book is very popular with the older kids,” Gustavsson said to GD.

She also said that as the four-letter Swedish slang terms for boys' and girls' privates start being bandied about, it is useful for the kids to have somewhere to have it all explained.

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According to Gusatvsson, the teachers will have a meeting to adress the parents' concerns, but said that there are at present no plans to pull the books about boys' and girls' sexual organs from the library's collection.

”That would be censorship and we don't do that here,” she said, stressing that the school doesn't foist the book onto the kids but simply have it available if they need something explained.

According to the national curriculum of Swedish schools students between the ages of 7 and 9 should be aware of the name and the function of the different body parts and children between 10 and 12 should have been informed about puberty, sexuality and reproduction.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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14:12 September 14, 2011 by Nevermindwho
If they are upset about this, they should also lobby to shut down practically all Swedish TV stations as well as the RFSU. A few examples of why:

- At 12:00 noon on a Saturday, TV3 aired a Swedish movie wherein a mother who was moonlighting as a stripper was under pressure to prostitute herself. In one scene, her client demanded more and more from her and yelled, "men hur fan ska jag kunna r*nka om du inte..." (how am I supposed to jack-off if you don't... )

- Last night at 9:00 pm on TV6, they were showing "American Pie Presents: Beta House" which is practically porn.

- RFSU (The National Association for Sexual Information) representatives visit schools for the purpose of sex education and very graphic terms and depictions are used. In addition, their homosexual volunteers have been given free license to exert pressure on barely pubescent children to become a statistic, using phrases such as: "you might be gay but you don't know it yet" and "you might as well admit it sooner rather than later if you are homosexual."
14:17 September 14, 2011 by Opinionfool
"I want children to be allowed to be children for as long as possible," ...

But children were never children for long. Here in England during the 19th century children as young as 5 were working in cotton mills for a dozen hours a day. If they weren't there then they were up chimneys sweeping the place clean. Even into the mid-1950s children were leaving school for work in their early teens. Contemporaneously things may have been different in Sweden but from reading Per Anders Fogelström's series of historical novels, set in Stockholm and beginning with Vävarnas Barn, I don't believe it was different.

Childhood, as seemingly understood by this mother, is an artifical construct. Its use says more of the mother's regret over her own squandering of time than it does of a real stage in life.
15:05 September 14, 2011 by soultraveler3
I don't know if that's a valid argument though Opinion.

While it's true what you say, the mother made no comparison to then vs. now. We're lucky to have laws that prevent child labour and that require children to attend school. I also believe that the mother was referring more to things of a sexual nature than anything else. We're also lucky that in this day and age at in Western society, that it's taboo to marry off girls when they're 12, 13, 14 etc.

I agree with the parents in this case. At 7 years old children should be aware of the basic functions of their genitals, but I don't think that has to include what it feels like to be turned on and what masturbation is. They most likely haven't gone through puberty yet, so having sexual feelings / thoughts / arousal is unlikely. There are older children that are more likely moving in to puberty at the school as well, so why not allow just the older children (10 & 11) to check out the book, it's more relevant to them anyways.

When the mother said "I want children to be allowed to be children for as long as possible," she was echoing a sentiment shared by many parents. Many people find it disturbing that you can buy g-strings for 6 year olds, that dolls aimed at 5-8 year olds have a ton of makeup and skimpy clothes on, that children (usually little girls) are giving oral sex to their classmates at the age of 10 or 11 etc.

Let them be children for a while is something that many people agree with.
15:12 September 14, 2011 by Svensksmith
I resent the term "lilla snopp."
15:26 September 14, 2011 by Jes
@Nevermindwho , maybe they should ban those films that are not suitable for small children

But before they do , someone needs to remind someone that TVs are in homes where the parents can monitor what the chidren watch . But to just avai a porn-like book to children without the concent of the parents is unacceptable .

The teacher who attempts to argue that this is part of sex education would do much better by showing porn films to the kids .

Personally , I would never have my children tought by such a corrupt-minded teacher . Anki Gustravson says that they don´t do censorship in her school . That is a stupid thing to say . To have rules is to censor . It is because of such rules that not every bood writen by every idiot or pervert makes it to her library.

Does she mean she could live in a world without rules .--? and where is that world ?
15:38 September 14, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ you know who you are ;-)

What was that you were saying about acceptable sex education in Sweden and how it was so good?

Maybe they should provide a free coupon with no expiry date for penicillin to each student as well? After the Swedish Sex education that begins nearly at daycare level (not far off) by the time they are 12 or 13, they really are going to need it.

This certainly explains to some extent why my son comes home and says to my husband, who is a ethnic SWEDE (just for those who would start up the immigrant "If you don't like it leave" wagon)

"Pappa, where can I go to meet a nice girl? They all are such S l - ts." That is coming from an 18 year old Swedish young man, and not from me. He is the one out there in the young crowd so he ought to know. But, what do you expect when you start to train them to have no morals in grundskol.
16:11 September 14, 2011 by Addendum
If you feel uncomfortable, the familjeläkare are here to subscribe some sedatives and antidepressants for you. Relax: ta det lugn. Don't try to think for yourself. Stor Syster is the expert...
17:15 September 14, 2011 by Opinionfool
"The Vagina Monologues" for pre-pubescent girls?
18:02 September 14, 2011 by philster61
I have always thought that because Swedish Children were exposed to genitalia and nudity from an early age that they grew up with a healthy understanding about it. Children seem to be the ones who are most comfortable with it. Every tried putting clothes back on a child after a day at the beach....This does not imply or suggest pedophilia by any means but I always believed children in Sweden grew up being comfortable about it. When I first came here everybody was at ease with nudity.. Has Sweden become that conservative and prudish?
18:36 September 14, 2011 by CLiv
Thank God for sex education. We all know USA barely have any and we have a huge number of people with sexual transmitted deceases. All though sex education for 7 year old's is way to early, and the book should not be allowed to be checked out by children under 13, they should provide books about the humane body etc. for children at this age.
19:37 September 14, 2011 by Svensksmith
Cliv, where do you get your information? Of course there is sex education in the US. It's just some people choose to ignore it.
19:55 September 14, 2011 by J Jack
Linda Westberg should not be blaming the school for her own frigid attitude. If she was doing her job right as a mother she would harden the f up and tell her daughter, "If you look at that book without our permission you'll get get a good smack around the ears and no tv for a week!" Pretty simple.
20:55 September 14, 2011 by GLO
Age 13 has always been the age of need to know. This borders on child abuse.

I know grown men want sex with little children, is that wrong to deny them of self gratifaction. Is a 7 year old able to have sex with a 9 or 12 year old, how about a 9 year old girl and a 17 boy ?????

Where are the adults?????
21:13 September 14, 2011 by Tanskalainen
How is this book helping the children? I don't get it. Tell me one positive thing this book does for little kids.
21:55 September 14, 2011 by dizzymoe33
I find it very interesting that the book for the girls is written by a man. Really? You really don't have know everything that goes on with a woman's body just like us women don't know everything that goes on in a man's body. The sooner you teach children to be comfortable with their own bodies the better. Here in the US back in the70's we were taught sex education in 4th grade. The more people know the better educated they are and hopefully can make better decisions when it comes to sex and their bodies.
23:38 September 14, 2011 by Dr. Dillner
What about the boy's book? Is it as "bad"?
02:24 September 15, 2011 by stoogefest
Maybe it's an attempt to make sweeds breed with sweeds once more. In this anxiety disorder-ridded country it's about damn time kids were taught a... hotter approach, if you will :D
10:56 September 15, 2011 by Jes

you missed it dear !

The argument is not about whether " The more people know the better educated they are ......" ; it is about whether 7/ 8 year olds are " people enough " ( I mean mature enough " to be subjected to adult stuff .There is a reason why 8 year olds are not taught applied maths or why they are protected from watching incidents in which adults kill other humans or slaughter animals.

That horrible teacher is the one that needs to be educated more about how childrens brains function . Somebody will tell her that at 7 , no normal child is capable of understanding what " getting horny " means .

I am interested to know the mind of the man who wrote this book . Is he interested in child sex , for example ? What motivates him ?
13:51 September 15, 2011 by stoogefest
@Jes - I agree with you completely. No normal child can feel hornyness at 7. But with african women and gypsies that's a different story. Not only do they feel hornyness at 7, they can also give birth at 8 or 9!
14:24 September 15, 2011 by Jes
@stoogesfest , yours is an idiotic racist comment or are you kind of perverted ?

African women donnot do some of the things you see women do in some of the picture here in The Local.

You probably did not notice that the teacher who encourages 7 year olds to learn how it feels to be horny and how to musturbate lives in Gävle and not in Nairobi.
14:37 September 15, 2011 by Rebel
So how young is too young for some of the liberal posters here? Is it really a good idea to expose grade schoolers to this sort of thing? I mean, think about what the authorities would do if an adult man went to a playground and asked little girls if they wanted to see a "cool" book and then handed a copy of this to them. I will bet the cops would come down and arrest him -- charging him with a list of offenses. So if our hypothetical playground guy is instead a teacher or school librarian does that make it any different?????
15:44 September 15, 2011 by Sig-Marie
I am amused and disturbed by some of the comments here. I wish to throw my two cents in only because I read a few rather graphic books when I was young and don't feel I was harmed in the least by looking at and reading them. I was an early reader and my Swedish-American mother in the U.S. signed a consent form for me to check out any books I wanted at both the school and public libraries when I was seven. I am now 51, so this took places in the 1960s. (I think I was 8 or 9 when I discovered these books, the names of which I can't remember.) I haven't seen the Swedish books, so I am not in a position to judge them. I will say that I don't think that learning about sex and anatomy even well before puberty is a bad thing at all if the experience involves looking at books that are NOT what I would consider pornographic. A lot of the posters here are kidding themselves if they think that non-pubescent children don't think about their bodies and sexual attraction and masturbation. I'm pretty sure that people masturbate even before they're born. While it is certainly true that parents do not want their children to masturbate in public, it is not true that your children will not masturbate before puberty simply because they're not reading about it or seeing pictures of it.
15:50 September 15, 2011 by technogeist
Well, technically, females become biological adults around 9-10 while males become biological adults around 11-13. Mentally adult is a different matter, in society, the somewhat arbitrary age of 18 is considered adult, but it differs in every individual. Personally, I understood sexuality in a limited way at an early age and started masturbating around 5-6 years old. It wasn't the typical masturbation I/we do as an adult, it was hanging from a kitchen cabinet door to achieve the "climbing a rope" orgasm many of us have experienced.

What is wrong with teaching reality? I say if a child is old enough to ask the question they are old enough to get the answer. A child can sense your nervousness when lying about or avoiding the issue and it just causes the child to become confused or anxious about sex. That avoidance of discussion and the act of making it a taboo issue is what really causes sexual problems.
18:16 September 15, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ Sig-Marie

I too snuck off with a few of those books, but they were not graphic and I was a teenager not in grundskol. Life as an adult can be very hard, very lonely, very sad and full of the huge responsibilities that come with adult understanding. It is sure not a walk in the park. Why would we want to rob our children of their innocence so early? We are young, innocent and pure of heart for such a very, very short time. Of course children need to be made aware of the dangers that there are in the world, so they can keep themselves safe. But they don't need to have these things explained to them like a harcover version of Tolstoy's "War and Peace". How little time children are allowed to be innocent children. Instead of primary books about puppies, kittens butterflies, summer and a beautiful world

they are being fed sex books at such an early age.

My heart is saddened for our chidren. We rob them of their short time with purity of heart.
23:26 September 15, 2011 by dizzymoe33

Thanks I didn't realize I had misread the story. I agree when children are young like 7 years old and younger they only need the basics the information that is given to them should be limited to what they will actually comprehend and not give too much information all at once they just won't understand it. I too wondered about the motives behind that man who wrote both books.
10:29 September 16, 2011 by Jes
@Sig-Marie , I could tell that you read porn books when you were 5. That is why you are 51 going at 6 .

If you "believe that people masterbate even before they are born" then there is no use for any chap to have to write that damn book , is there ?

Man , you have a real problem !

@technogiest, you are confusing child play with sex. I can bet that at 5-6 you did not know what masterbation is . It is impossible for a 5 year brain to send sexual messages to the body .Don´t stay ignorant ; make an effort and find out why baby boys get erections sometimes. It is not because of sexual arousal

Unless you are speaking as a padophile , you are wrong to say that "females become biological adults at 9-10" and men at 11-13.

You are not the only one who has even been 5 , 9 or 13.

Besides , science proves you wrong at every stage of your confused comment.
11:05 September 16, 2011 by jackjones
"I want children to be allowed to be children for as long as possible," ...

Don't kids have genitals? Do they not explore their bodies? I think the question is whether you want kids to learn the facts from a book, or whether you want their friends to teach them by playing doctors and nurses or worse.
13:00 September 16, 2011 by Sig-Marie
@ Jes: Giorgi, Giorgio, and Siccardi, Marco (1996). "Ultrasonographic observation of a female fetus' sexual behavior in utero," American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 175, 3(1, part 1), 753.

"We recently observed a female fetus at 32 weeks' gestation touching the vulva with the fingers of the right hand. The caressing movements were centered primarily on the region of the clitoris. Movements stopped after 30 to 40 seconds and started again after a few minutes. Furthermore, these slight touches were repeated and were associated with short, rapid movements of pelvis and legs. After another break, in addition to this behavior, the fetus contracted the muscles of the trunk and limbs, and then clonicotonic movements of the whole body followed. Finally, she relaxed and rested.

We observed this behavior for about 20 minutes. The mother was an active and interested witness, conversing with observers about her child's experience.

Evidence of male fetuses' excitement reflex in utero, such as erection or ″masturbation" movements, has been previously reported.

The current observation seems to show not only that the excitement reflex can be evoked in female fetuses at the third trimester of gestation but also that the orgasmic reflex can be elicited during intrauterine life. This would agree with the physiologic features of female sexuality: The female sexual response is separate from reproductive functions and doesn't need a full sexual maturity to be explicit."

See: http://newgon.com/wiki/Research:_Youth_sexuality

re males in utero:

There have even been studies of prenatal ultrasounds revealing male fetuses doing it.

See: http://med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/masturb.htm

I couldn't care less that you think I looked at porn. I assure you that I did not look at porn as a child. Your argument 'If you "believe that people masterbate even before they are born" then there is no use for any chap to have to write that damn book , is there ?' makes NO sense. Perhaps you should brush up on both your science and logic. Ditto for your immature rhetoric (examples: I could tell that you read porn books when you were 5. That is why you are 51 going at 6. And... Man , you have a real problem !) Please learn how to play well with others in the sandbox before expecting to be taken seriously.
13:00 September 16, 2011 by Jes
@jackjones , you will do better if you teach yourself to not take every sentense literary

Saying that children should be allowed to to be children does not mean that children should not know anything about their genitals .

.and just for your information , there is a big difference between teaching sex /sexuality as an academic subject and writting about sex / sexuality for libidious or lustful reasons.

The parents who are shocked at the contents of this book are not stupid . They might have noticed that the writer crossed the middle line . Even as a a harmless academic subject , some intelligent parents might complain if a 7-8 old is tought things that should be taught to 14 year olds.

Any teacher who does not understand this should be working elsewhere.
14:18 September 16, 2011 by SkipEU
We are doomed. Now even Swedish people are Americanized and prudish.

School is also visited by 11 years old and if we know that girls enter puberty at around 10, 11 years old - what's wrong with educational book?
16:18 September 16, 2011 by Jes
@Sig-Marie So you don`t care what we say to you . How could you ? 6 year olds are not always receptive to sensible guidance.

All the same , I will continue to point out to you how wrong you are.

For example , you seem to think that the interpretation of researcher X is the final fact that everybody else must believe without question, in which case the "theory" that children are not ready for sex until a given age should be demystified and disregarded .In case you don`t realize it , you are trying to .illogically prove that humans start feeling sexy before they are born . What absurd thing to say !

Maybe , if you ever find some scientific evidence that some people popped out the womb with a gene that makes them sexually attracted to children, you could testify in defense of all the pedophiles that are sitting in. Please don`t stop digging .

You will come across researched evidence that there is absolutely nothing wrong with rape or murder as long as science locates an explanation as to why some people are born that way

@SipEU , read the article and understand it before you jump in with your bombersics. There is nothing prudish about educating children in approriate phases . It is not USA that created the idea that 11 year olds dont go the same class as 7 year olds . It is not USA that insists that children should neither have sex or be exposed to sexual images .

Do you question the law that forbids public theatres from showing x-rated films to small children or do you belong to same camp as Mr. Marie who thiks that it is okay for a child to look at graphic ( porn ) books like he did at 5. Apparently , the chap does not know the difference between a graphic anatomy book semi.porn material which many judge this book to be

Here is atip for you : it is one thing to tell 7-8 year girls that a woman can get pregnant after puberty if they have sex ..... but it is another thing to tell the same girls that if/ when they feel horny , they should have oral sex in order to avoid getting pregnant
18:17 September 16, 2011 by SkipEU

so you are telling that we should censor internet and all libraries because children can found inappropriate books, pages there?

Article clearly states it is a primary school so it is visited by pupils of different ages, some already in puberty who might find this book useful. That's why we have libraries - they contain hundreds of different books for all ages and all developmental stages. If you think book is appropriate for some then just don't rent it to them - not to remove it from shelves altogether which is basically a prudish censorship.
18:18 September 16, 2011 by james_g
Jes - where do you get the information that Sig-Marie is a Mr as opposed to a Mrs, a Miss, or god 'elp us, a Ms? (Incidentally, I presume everyone is aware that Mrs - or Missis - and Miss are both short forms of Mistress - but I digress...) Whatever, Sig-Marie seems to have a much more reasoned and intelligent outlook on life than you do!
18:34 September 16, 2011 by SkipEU
Sarah Palin and Americans would remove book from shelves, European would just not rent it to children but keep it in library. But I guess Swedish are becoming the former.
20:16 September 16, 2011 by Bigbunny
I suppose my book FITTALICIOUS: Embrace Your Honeypot would not do well either then ...
20:43 September 16, 2011 by Mark S.
Some people seem to miss the point of sex education: You want to tell your children about it BEFORE they need to know. It does no good to explain sex after your daughter is already pregnant.

This idea of guarding children from the real world never really made sense to me. If you can provide them a safe environment, they will feel safe. If you cannot provide them a safe environment, then you can't hide reality from them anyway.

Some of you may be horrified that I watched World War II documentaries when I was 10 years old, including bodies decaying in the mass graves in the concentration camps. I understood that it was history and not something happening outside my house. I turned out ok. Nothing you can say about sex can possibly compare to that in seriousness.

In real life, what happens is that children don't pay much attention to the parts of sex that they don't understand yet. They don't masturbate because they read about it in a book -- they do it when they grow up enough that they want to. I can't see the problem in having them think "hey, I know something about this already" when they get there.
16:16 September 17, 2011 by Jes
@james_g , sorry I am going to annoy you some more by revealing that you and Mr. Marie are the same person. I am also sorry to say that , so far , I have not seen anything either reasonable or intelligent from you

@Skip-EU, if you feel like using the word censor you will have to wait for another article . This is one is not about censorship.

Of course the availability of all sorts of materíal in libraries and on the internet does not mean that anybody can do what they want whenever they like. There are rules and laws that regulate what is legal what is appropriate and for who. Even an adult is forbidden from going into ( e.g) porn or racist pages on a computor borrowed in all libraries in Sweden .

One does not sell tobacco and alchohol products to children just because these things are in every shop --- and under the excuse that children will drink and smoke someday - anyway.

If you knew the subject you are attempting to debate / discuss , I suppose that you would know this
17:20 September 17, 2011 by littlemu
I grew up in Sweden in the 80s and we had similar books in the school library. The books were never forced upon any child; they were there on the shelf and if/when we wanted to, we read them. This book was not forced upon anyone either.

I think that is good. Children reach puberty at different ages and they become curious about their own bodies. I don't see how it can be dangerous in any way to give them access to information that they can read if they choose to.

Drinking and smoking is harmful, especially for children. Masturbation and exploring your own body is not harmful for anyone. On the contrary, to have no knowledge about sexual behaviour can be very harmful. I would say that the chances that children are sexually assulted are less if they learn about sex and most of all that you have the right to decide what you want to do with your body.
09:24 September 18, 2011 by Bill D.
I think it's great that children have access to accurate information.

I remember with pain growing up in the United States, discovering the opposite sex at the age of 5, and having to hide my feelings because everyone around me made it very clear that little boys were not supposed to be interested in girls and (from church) that being sexually attracted to anyone was the worst possible sin.

Later, after I had spent a majority of my life trying to repress my attraction to the opposite sex, my mother finally slipped me a Christian "sex education" book that informed me that girls were seldom interested in sex, that those who were had something wrong with them, and that I should never think about or talk about sex until after I was married. At the same time, I got the feminist message that a male should never compliment a female on her beauty or acknowledge her sex appeal, as this would be deeply offensive. I did my best to attract girls by studiously ignoring them.

Now, my parents wonder why they have no grandchildren.
14:30 September 18, 2011 by Jes
@littlemu , if you asked a smoker who drinks , they might tell you that what they do is not more risky than having sex . You find some terrible parents who provide alcohol to their small children . Their reasoning as a screwed up as some of the comments here . They say that sharing drinks with their small children is the best way to prevent the kids from drinking secretly which might turn them into alcoholists .

There are parents who teach their children to smoke . Somewhere in the far east , there is 2 year old baby who puts away 2 pacs everyday . The parent say it relaxes him !

And then , there are people like you who prefer to forget to reason

@Bill D,

humans did not have to learn how to get attreacted to the opposite sex by reading books .
03:24 September 19, 2011 by Bill D.
@Jes: if you had understood my comment, you would know that I do not think that humans need books to become attracted to the opposite sex.

Rather, I was saying that a book with accurate information can be invaluable in letting a child know that this is entirely natural and good, when they are in an environment which is pathologically anti-sexual. The misinformation I received from "authoritative" sources when I was a child was intentional on their part - and incredibly harmful to me.
10:54 September 19, 2011 by Jes
@Bill D , your clarification is noted . I am sorry if I misunderstood what you intended to mean.

Having said that , I must say that misinforming children can harm them just the same way as overinforming them can do.

It is equally harmful to bombard small children with sexual material visual or audio .

I am sure that if this book was converted into a video and put on CD with graphic illustrations of little girls / boys sexual organs + how to masterbate etc , no responsible school would show it to 7-10 year olds . I believe this would be illegal
17:18 September 22, 2011 by Imperor
Does any of you have children? If you did you'd know that kids start "masturbating" as soon as they can! A little boy starts tugging and a little girl starts rubbing the strap on her chair! Seriously, grow up! The books are explaining things about the child's own body and whether you like it or not, sexuality begins way before sexual maturity, whether physical or mental. I remember masturbation and clearly sexually oriented games from a very early age and I have seen it in a lot of kids.

Explaining things instead of leaving the kids to explore for themselves might be a better way to go in my experience since that is the way I have taken myself in my parenting.

Everything that is hidden, forbidden and secret becomes extra interesting for kids, we all know that, so why not use that knowledge? As long as you explain and undramatize something kids will move on to the next thing! And the more you explain the smarter they get! Win-win! :-)
12:59 September 23, 2011 by Jes
@Imperor , yours is just another silly comment from a disturbed mind

What do you mean : kids start masturbating as soon as they can ? Are you then saying that it is unnecessary to carry out sex education because , " as soon as they can " children will start "tugging and rubbing" anyway ?

If we believed that " everthing that is hidden, forbidden and secret becomes extra interesting to kids " we would have them watch porn films while drinking vodka and smoking a weed joint
15:24 September 23, 2011 by tetrahedron
As a child in the 1960s in Scotland, I went through puberty at the age of 8 and then got into trouble for doing something with a girl when I didn't even know what I was doing at the time.

No-one had told me the facts of life and my parents, both of whom came from puritanical religious backgrounds, had brought me up very strictly.

This shows that children will behave by instinct whether they have been given sex education or not.

With more and more kids going through puberty at an earlier age all the time, I would say that it is now more important than ever to teach children about sex at as young an age as possible - but it shouldn't be taught in a smutty fashion.
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It is easier to do business in Sweden now than it was last year, according to a World Bank report.

This Swede has built a procrastinator's dream
Anders Åberg has built a website that allows you to hear what’s going on above the Earth. Photo: Personal & NASA

Ever wondered what's going on in the sky above the earth and in space? Now you can hear for yourself.

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Seven reasons why Malmö is the football capital of Sweden
Players from FC Rosengård, Sweden's most successful women's football team. Photo: Hangsna

It’s official, and anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong.

Fake police car driver seized after confronting real police
File photo of a police car. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Three men in a fake police car were left red-faced after they tried to stop a man in southern Sweden who turned out to be an off-duty officer.

This tiny bird can fly for ten months straight: scientists
The common swift while not in flight. Photo: Madis Veskimeister/Wikimedia

Swedish scientists have found that this bird stays in the air for almost a year without landing.

Why the Pope is visiting Sweden next week
Pope Francis in the Vatican. Photo: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

Pope to nail reconciliation agenda to Lutherans' door in southern Sweden.

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