Learning Session 2: Why is it important to talk about pleasure?


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Figure 2.1 A CSE session

In the first learning session, you learnt about the different ways we talk about sex, and in particular, the difference between risk-based and positive approaches to discussing sex.

But why is it important to talk about sexual pleasure with young people? What are the benefits of taking a positive approach? And, if we don’t talk to young people about sexual pleasure, where else can they go to learn about it? We cover all these questions and at the end of this session you should:

  • understand the benefits of including sexual pleasure as part of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)
  • recognise that sexual pleasure is a fundamental aspect of all people’s quality of life/health and well-being
  • have considered the many different messages about sexual pleasure that young people encounter in their day-to-day lives.

2.1 Where do people hear about sexual pleasure?