Talking to kids about sex – cultural comparisons

This is a video of parents talking to their children about sex and how babies are made.

In Western culture, it’s more common to have this ‘awkward’ but necessary conversation at a young age with either our parents or through school curriculum.

Sex education is compulsory in Australia and that’s how I learnt it about it at the age of about 10 years.

You will also find a lot of mothers teach their daughters and sons at teenage age about how to put on a condom and how to access the contraceptive pill (for women).

But I know from speaking with Nepalis, this is not usually the case. Many people in rural villages in Nepal especially are not educated about safe sex which leads to unplanned pregnancies (among children too) and abortions.

I think it’s healthy for kids to learn about this from their parents or through sex education in school rather having to discover it through porn or other unhealthy ways.

I believe it encourages healthy attitudes toward women surrounding respect and consent, and of course because it educates children the right way about safe sex, pregnancy etc.

I would be interested to know if it’s part of the school curriculum nationally in Nepal as it is here. 

In the separate video of the young boy with the Chinese mother and American father, the father says “and mumma didn’t know how babies were made because in China they don’t talk about it, she has to figure it out herself” and the little son says “oh poor Mummy” and he pats her on the back. I’m pretty sure most Nepalis have to figure it out for themselves!

Who else has noticed cultural differences about how this topic is raised in Asia compared to the West?

How will you teach your children about ‘the birds and the bees?

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5 Responses to Talking to kids about sex – cultural comparisons

  1. jessica says:

    Hi Casey

    I love reading your blog and wondered if I could ask you a few questions as I am with a Nepali man

  2. Eleanor says:

    Hi. I lived and taught in Nepal for a year, and my fiancee is a school teacher in Kathmandu. So I can tell you that he teachers sex education to his students as part of their health class, and I know that he as a teacher wants his students to be informed about sex. I’m not sure of all the things that they learn, but they def learn about STIs because I helped him prepare for that lesson because I have a biology degree. But I do think they might stick to the mechanics and safety side of it… probably hard to go into sexuality without offending parents :/ . But I can also tell you from my experience in Nepal that the information they are getting could be dodgy, because I think in many cases even if teachers are teaching they might not themselves be well informed (like I discovered from Nepali friends in their 20s, that the ECP seemed to be considered a very normal thing to use as a contraceptive :/ and had a friend I had to take to hospital after suffering from a UTI for like 4 months and not knowing what it was or that it was caused by sex). Some of the stuff in the curriculum and text books are dodgy too. I was teaching science and in the class 10 textbook we were using it said that HIV was more common in homosexuals without any explanation of why…. so I made sure my class knew, but I don’t imagine all teachers would correct the misleading information. I also think you are right about the villages.

  3. arun says:

    they have actually developed a curriculum including sex education for school but only on grade 8 and beyond
    so when we were taught about those stuff it was way after we had figured out.Also some teachers feel so shy that they skip the whole chapter sometimes.
    my younger brother told me hilarious when his health teaches turned all red and ran out of word when she had to describe about using condom

  4. Juliana says:

    I just love this video, but I don’t know if I’d have the courage to have that conversation myself.. lol..

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