• heather-corinna

    Neha: I’m so glad you’re writing here, and so glad you asked those kinds of questions (though obviously not glad they were ignored).


    I’m terribly sorry to hear that that’s how the revised curricula played out. 


    We get quite a lot of traffic from India at Scarleteen, and one of the toughest parts of the questions we get is that they often don’t even come from youth, but from heterosexual, married adults who just feel completely lost when it comes to anatomy, sexual function and even the barest basics of reproduction: clearly the expectation is that it’ll just all sort itself out without information.  Actually, those aren’t the most heartbreaking missives from India: tougher still are those from young adult women clearly so scared about their anatomy, about what sexual activity might mean when it comes to how they are valued, etc.  But it’s that pervasive feeling of being totally lost and adrift that really permeates.

  • invalid-0

    >we are missing a huge opportunity to catalyze lasting and fundamental change


    To which governmental overseer are you referring when you say “we”: India, The United States of America, or The United Nations? Last time I looked, India was a sovereign nation. So it must be India? If so, are you asking for solidarity? Apparently your leaders have made up their mind. Should the US invade them or the United Nations force them by resolution to do as you propose? We have much to do ourselves here in the U.S., as dictated by the Principle of Subsidiarity.


  • marysia

    Neha, thanks to you and others who have the courage to openly address sexual issues, someday (hopefully soon!) untold numbers of Indians will benefit.

    And the sooner the better…India is an emerging epicenter of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.

  • http://www.indiaedu.com/events/animation-fair/index.html invalid-0

    Whenever I read a piece on the controversy sorrounding sexuality education in India, I always wonder, given a chance, how Russel (Marriage and Morals) and Gandhi (My Experiments with Truth) would have reacted!

    I personally feel that while the emphasis on abstinence is not misplaced, an effort to snub curiosity of the young minds would be a great loss to the nation.

  • invalid-0

    I feel your pain. Especially since I live in West Virginia, not India. Four years of sex ed and not once did they mention to me what a dental dam was…and my first sexual experience was with a woman, without protection. I had no idea.

  • http://dish-network.biz invalid-0

    I work for Dish Network (big deal) and after reading your article, I felt a bit better. It’s a measly-Mc-Job.

    I am so caught-up with a gillion channels of DISH-THIS, DIRECTV-THAT and TiVo that I should just stop a second and slow down.

    Thanks for your article. It was very informative.

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