The Daily Telegraph - Saturday
‘Women can enjoy sex too’
Poppie Platt, 24
Growing up in a religious family meant my sexual education came entirely from school; unfortunately, that was also Catholic, so we were told about menstruation and getting pregnant but not much else.
I always wish we had learnt, at home or school, more about masturbation or internet dating and sexting. Countless hours were spent discussing male masturbation but the stigma around female pleasure was all-encompassing – as teenagers, my friends and I spoke about sexual acts as something we did to please boys. It’s only when I went to university that I became surrounded by women proud to enjoy sex.
Furthemore, internet dating and sexting are such massive parts of modern relationships that instructions on how to do this safely would have been so helpful: how to spot grooming, how to check the person you’re speaking to is really that person, how to answer in ways you’re comfortable with. I am 24 now and figured most things out myself or from the internet, but a better starting point to the messy, complicated world of sex would have been great.