The Daily Telegraph - Saturday

‘Women can enjoy sex too’

Poppie Platt, 24

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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.

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