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Rhymes and reasons : how eight people learnt about sex.
Family Planning Association Education Unit
The film shows eight different people talking about their experience of sex education. They are interviewed individually and in pairs; they are of different ages and backgrounds. The recurring message is that official sex education was lacking and it was primarily through their own research or peers stories that they have educated themselves. Themes covered include the birth of siblings, menstruation, pornography, rumours, stealing of contraceptives, basic or confusing films at school, going to dances and the cinema, bragging, D. H. Lawrence and the female sexual response, flirting, disability, magazines, agony aunts, loss of virginity and parents.
Video Projects. Produced with the Family Planning Association Education Unit by Tony Nicholls, Rose Shapiro, Claire Tanner. Thanks are given to the interviewees; Doreen Brown, Shelley Charlesworth, Simon Jennings, Yasmin Judd, Flo and Bill Meek, Ian Morten, Jan Parker. Jonathan Collinson, John Dovey Fantasy Factory, Oval Video.
More material about the Family Planning Association is found in the archives under SA/FPA. The quality of the transferred footage is poor; both drop out and colour problems. There is an information leaflet in the department which can be consulted separately (there is also a copy in the archives SA/FPA.