The Sex Box: Let’s All Move to Switzerland

08/29/2011 3:45 PM |

If you lived in Switzerland you could be playing with these right now.
  • If you lived in Switzerland you could be playing with these right now.

While we’re over here getting excited about the fact that we have any mandatory sex ed at all, four-year-olds in Switzerland are playing with the Sex Box. What’s a Sex Box? Glad you asked:

“‘Sex box’…the controversial trove of wooden penises and fabric vaginas set to be used in a new sex education programme for playschool and primary school kids.”

Fabric vaginas! So apparently parents aren’t super thrilled about the Sex Box, in part because of the name, but Christoph Eymann, Basel education minister and member of the liberal democrat party (LDP), isn’t backing down.

“It was no doubt stupid to call it a ’sex box’ — we will change that. But we will stick to our goal: to get across to children that sexuality is something natural. Without forcing anything upon them or taking anything away from their parents,“ he said.

“There are usually two reasons why sexuality becomes a topic in kindergarten: either the teacher is pregnant or one of the children will soon get a new sister or brother. In such cases, it is correct that the teacher can respond“, Eymann told SonntagsBlick.

Eymann said he understood that one line in the programme, “touching can be enjoyed heartily“, could be misconstrued, but insisted: “It is not about ‘touch me, feel me’. We want to tell the children that there is contact that they may find pleasurable, but some that they should say ’no’ to. Kids can unfortunately can become victims of sexual violence already at playschool age.“

What? That guy can’t be an elected official, his stance on sexuality and sex education is reasonable and sensitive!

“Primary school may be the only big audience that our society has. The shared values that it teaches are very important. I would definitely like to keep this. The explanatory lesson can be portrayed in a way that doesn’t offend“, he said.

That dude is like the Jocelyn Elders of Switzerland. Keep the faith, Cristoph. And any extra Sex Boxes you have can be sent to me c/o The L Magazine.

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