My mother asked for something funny on the blog. This actually happened…
Teaching health classes can be interesting. We talk about a great deal of personal “stuff” and this marking period is all about human sexuality. Today’s topic: What is sex? What is contraception?
Our discussion was all about preventing unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. We use an abstinence-plus model, so our discussion will eventually lead to a discussion of a variety of contraceptive methods. The students were categorizing a list of behaviors as to whether they believed each behavior was “sex” or “not sex.” The last three behaviors on the list were vaginal penetration, anal penetration, and oral penetration, each worded that way for a purpose beyond discussing here.
It is important for the story to know that I teach this class in another teacher’s classroom. Sometimes he stays in the room, but most of the time he leaves. Occasionally, he will forget something and come back to get it. He always apologizes or makes a comment about whatever we are talking about. Today was the best collision of his comments and our content as he never looked at the board to see what we were talking about.
Me: Is vaginal penetration sex?
The door opened and Mr. HaHa walked in.
Mr. HaHa: I’m sorry. I’ll be in and out fast.
Me: Hmmm, interesting.
Mr. HaHa: I must be the butt of some joke right now.
Me: Not yet, maybe in a minute…
Class: (Louder giggling)
Me: Is anal penetration sex?
Mr. HaHa: Oh, gosh.
Say what you will, this was funny. I know there are many attitudes about what should be taught in a health class with respect to these very personal behaviors, but this lesson had the right amount of levity to keep everything from getting too serious.
There you go, Mom…