I was wondering what kind of sex education members received in school. Was it cursory and virtually useless, more detailed, strictly physical reproductive oriented or did it touch on more practical sexual matters like masturbation, gay sex, or did any member even get schooled in sexual abstinence or less usual kinds of imparting/restricting sexual ed? Or was anyone ever shown sex ed films, however silly or beating round the bush they were?
My own experience was getting sex ed classes in a Jesuit school in Belgium in 1965 from a Jesuit priest. There was very little practical about the whole thing. Not ‘birds and bees’ stuff, but almost as useless. The priest had written a book or two on the subject , but it most mostly so poetic and beating around the bush and about feelings, feelings, feelings, that it didn't really impart much practical information. He did advocate for guiltless sexuality not feeling guilty about things like masturbation or having a crush on a same-sex friend, but in the typical Jesuit manner of frowning upon such sexual activity anyway, as in ‘we are supposed to be better than to give in to such base instincts and drives’.
He was also known for inventing sexual euphemisms that were often ridiculously silly and far too poetic for their own good. It's hard to translate them from Dutch into English, but even when he later garnered some media attention, he was often mercilessly kidded about his concocted euphemisms.
One of them was his euphemism for sexual intercourse with penetration (PIV of course). He called it ‘de diepste draai’ which translates as ‘the deepest twisting’. Sounded like something from a Joni Mitchell or Cat Stevens song …ha ha. Most kids laughed about it. I didn't even really get it at all, it was so refined and etherical.
The priest in question in later years somehow got to run an old brewery out in the country as a sort of meeting place, retreat, very basic hippy-dippy ‘commune’ of sorts where schoolkids/people could come and stay for a while to get their heads screwed on back right. He got a lot of media attention, especially when it was found out that quite a lot of nudism was allowed. He later went on to found the first Green Ecological movement in Belgium which became the base for the first Green Party.
That was my first source of sexual education. Wishy-washy and virtually useless from a practical, implemental point of view. For instance I do not think it was ever said out loud that a penis goes into a vagina, let alone an erect penis. They did like to go on about useless etymologies about old-fashioned words for sexual organs like a ‘roede’ (stick/penis) and a ‘schede’ (sheath/vagina) and how swords were put into sheaths and such kind of euphemisms. Actually almost as useless as birds and bees when it came down to it.
Even so, the priest was considered daring in 1965 and apparently not all parents thought it a good idea to give any kind of sex ed in school at all. Probably the kind of parents who wouldn't do much explaining themselves either.
My real sex ed came from buying English language sex books in less conventional book stores some years later.