Norwegian kids’ show explains sex, masturbation and puberty.
From Norway comes a frank series for preteens, to teach kids the science of the birds and the bees, reports Joseph Viney at BaDoink.
The Scandinavians have a reputation of being a little bit more liberal and tolerant than the rest of us.
Thankfully such attitudes have bled into the approach to sex education for teenagers and younger children.
Line Jansrud, a medical doctor and host of Newton — Norway’s science show for 8 to 12 years olds — is French kissing a tomato.
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But the tomato is just foreplay. In episode eight of the program’s puberty series, titled “Sex and Stuff,” Jansrud — an energetic blend of scientist and sprite — gives herself a hickie with a vacuum cleaner, narrates over a simulated masturbation demonstration, and reveals the science behind orgasm, reports Joseph Viney. Other videos in the series cover topics like pimples, menstruation, and body hair and breast growth.Of course it’s not all overly-serious. Jansrud has a keen grasp of comic timing with some interesting facial expressions to boot.
The picture at the top of this article is from a segment showing how hickies are created. Other segments find her getting busy with latex vaginas and other fun bits and pieces.
The program is a new part of the sex education that third graders get in Norway, via NRK, the Norwegian public broadcast channel and NRK Super, the largest Norwegian website for children.
A 2012 study asked 6-year-olds in England, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States to draw a picture that answered the question, “Where do babies come from?” Children from Sweden and the Netherlands, known for progressive sex education programs, showed the highest comprehension. Children from the U.S. predictably lagged behind.
Inevitably the Don’t Taint My Special Snowflake parent brigade has been out in force. According to RT, parents at one school complained when their second-grade children were shown one of the episodes in class – despite the program being aimed at eight to 12 year-olds – and wrote complaints to the school.
Though a few parents have complained about just how graphic Newton’s simulations get, the overall reception to Jansrud’s joyous deconstruction of the most mysterious time in a young person’s life has been overwhelmingly positive, Moe said.
“And what’s the point?” she asks at the end of the video, raising her shirt to expose her plump baby bump.
“To make babies!” (Moe also promises a future birth episode, which if the sex series is any indication, should be graphic enough to inspire fear in the hearts of any sexually active teen.)
The most dangerous consequence for Norwegian preteens has been a few red faces.