Views & Reviews From the frontline

Talk the talk

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 28 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1376
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    “We had ‘the talk'.” I blushed. My 10 year old daughter had just had her first sex education class. My sex education involved somebody's big brother graphically describing sexual intercourse to hunched groups of ashen faced and goggled eyed 12 year olds in the first few weeks of secondary school. Our formal “sex education” involved a grainy black and white video of a woman giving birth, while we were supervised by a terrified science teacher caught in the headlights of adolescent questioning. I couldn't speak to my parents for three weeks. We …

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