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The U.S. ranks 12th in age of first sex education

According to the 2005 Durex Global Sex Survey, the average age at which Americans have their first sex education is 12.5 years, which makes the United States tied for twelfth with Australia, Japan, and the United Kingdom out of forty-one countries ranked in that category. Germany ranks first, with the average age of first sex education at 11.3 years.

  1. keith
    29 May 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Twelfth doesn’t seem that good when you consider that there’s forty one considered in the count. It seems to me that we need to start teaching kids at an earlier age, especially considering that kids are trying it out earlier and earlier in the United States, but government regulation as it is, it doesn’t seem it’s gonna happen in the near future. If the government would consider its own issues and stop worrying about everybody elses, then maybe some of these issues will be addressed.

  2. 19 October 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I would like to know if that correlates to national ranking of child/teen pregnancies and diagnosis of an STD.

  3. SFG
    20 October 2012 at 11:28 am

    Ahead of us are the ever-at-the-top Nordics, the secular Israelis, and the like-us-but-slightly-better Canadians. I don’t think this makes us look too bad, actually.

    The Germans are closest to the age of potty training. I wonder if this explains something… 😉

  4. Mark
    20 October 2012 at 3:42 pm

    It’s a great question.

  5. Steve
    21 October 2012 at 10:20 am

    Teaching kids earlier doesn’t help at all if you teach them the typical American abstinence-only shit. They need to be taught the truth about sex, STDs and contraception and not be be made ashamed of their own feelings out of nothing but religious fanaticism (in which the US is #1 in the western world).

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