This spring, Hannah Dowling, an independent filmmaker came to the University of Hartford to film my human sexuality class. She is producing a documentary about the impact of sexuality education on young women, addressing what we teach young women, what we should be teaching them, and how sexuality education received during the middle and high-school years can affect women later in life. It was interesting to see what students had to say about female sexuality and hear their memories of their own sex education (or lack thereof).
I talked about the importance of talking to young girls about sexuality, including issues related to sexual pleasure. My daughter, Reagan, also discussed her thoughts about what high school aged girls think about sexuality. It’s no secret that most standard health education classes in schools discuss male ejaculation (and male orgasm), but out leave female sexual pleasure and orgasm. As a result, many female college students don’t know about the clitoris or about how to experience sexual pleasure.
I am very excited to see Hannah’s final product. I will review it here as soon as it is available. In the meantime, let’s talk to girls about sexuality in its entirety. Sexual pleasure has a place in these conversations.