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12.28.2015

Italian Stallion Porn Star Trying To Bring Mandatory Sex Ed To Schools

Remember that health class where a gym teacher awkwardly taught you how to put on a condom? Cringeworthy, right? Well, we should feel lucky to have had it at all. Italy, which has been a religious country for centuries, doesn’t really have sexual education in its public schools. Thanks to a 1984 agreement with the Catholic Church, the country’s Ministry of Education needs to incorporate church views into sexual education classes. That doesn’t exactly lead to a super-informative program.

But a porn star nicknamed “the Italian Stallion” (shouts to Rocky) is looking to change all that. Performer Rocco Siffredi is campaigning for mandatory sex ed in Italy’s public schools. “I want to launch this appeal, because sex is a beautiful thing,” he wrote. “Students [should] have the right to open up, ask questions, get answers, receive training on a of the most beautiful and important [things] in life.”

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Rocco Siffredi.

On December 22nd, also known as Global Orgasm Day, Siffredi launched a Change.org petition for the cause. In six days, the petition has reached 30,509 signatures, quickly getting close to its goal of 35,000. Siffredi doesn’t want young people to be solely educated about sex through porn. “Pornography should be entertainment, but for lack of alternatives [it] has become a learning tool, especially among young people,” Siffredi wrote. “I have done my job for 30 years and I have acquired enough experience to ensure that what I do is not sex education.”

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Rocco Siffredi, giving the thumbs up to young people learning about their bodies!

More real sex education for youth, everywhere, is surely a good thing. The US isn’t doing so hot with sex ed, either. Just two weeks ago, a report came out from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, revealing that less than half of American high schools are teaching all of the recommended sexual education topics. The CDC suggests classes that cover everything from the spread and prevention of STDs and HIV, to reviewing policies on consent. But evidently, most US schools are failing to provide the information.

We think that people like Siffredi are on the right track. As Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention, said in a statement, “We need to do a better job of giving our young people the skills and knowledge they need to protect their own health. It’s important to teach students about healthy relationships and how to reduce sexual risk before they start to have sex.”

Images via The Mirror, Getty

Stay tuned to Milk for more sex ed updates.

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