Dáil debates

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Education (Health, Relationships and Sex Education) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members]


11:12 am

Photo of Mick BarryMick Barry (Cork North Central, Solidarity)

Let us start by hearing the voices of some school students and I will give a number of quotes to Members.

The first one reads:

I vividly remember the teacher referring to contraception as the “C” word and saying that she did not like to use it in the classroom as it was against the ethos of the school. The rest of the module I do not remember as clearly although I know there was no discussion relating to consent or sexuality.

The second reads:

First of all, it only focused on heterosexual relationships. They mentioned bisexuals once when they asked us did we think that they were greedy.

The third one reads:

We were basically told that we should wait until marriage to have sex. To emphasise this point, the teacher took a piece of Sellotape, stuck it to our hand, ripped it off and showed us the bits of dirt now stuck in it. She likened this piece of tape to each girl and her sticking the tape down to her skin as each boy the girl kissed. She kept repeating the action basically showing us that kissing many boys made you very dirty. When the tape lost its stickiness ...

My apologies, as I have lost my page. Essentially when the tape lost its stickiness, the girl said that this shows that when you do this so many times, you are not able to stick to a long-lasting relationship. That is the basic gist of it.


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