University youth and sexual health

University youth and sexual health

I. Davas

Among all the memoirs of the 20th century youth, taboos about

sex comes first.The purpose of these memoirs is to pass on the experience about

sexual needs. Not only the poor or the people of lower standards but almost the

whole populace choose to remain silent about sex.

Not discussing the human body and its functions only serves to

strengthen the feeling of shame about sexuality. Fear and shame comes first in

the family autobiographies of the 20th century.Many families have secrets to

hide and conceal:family secrets ,especially the private ones are never spoken.

If a research is to be conducted to create a verbal history it

would reveal many illegitimate and illegal family stories,and when the recorder

stops ensest relations would be whispered in silence.

In the beginning of the 21st century an undeniable portion of

the university youth have discovered sex and have acquired seemingly advanced

knowledge about the functions of the woman body, pregnancy and likely subjects.

In the past it was not possible to define sexual needs of a

woman’s body in a legitimate way without passion nor pleasure.Denial of female

sexuality among Islamic cultures, spread across many regions, by means of sexual

knowledge and experience has proven to be an obstacle even for new generation

youth as well as old age women.

It is hard to discriminate if the notion of a woman’s nakedness,

fertility,her sexual,biological desires and such functions was avoided in the

public to talk about in the past.Yet, be it a failure in sensations or lack of

knowledge in sex along with certain prohibitions this can be relied to the

reluctance and hesitation to talk about a woman’s body and her sexualitiy.

On the other hand many steps were taken in regard of family

planning. In the last quadrant of the 20th century families of all the working

class were sized down relatively.Restraining female fertility might have been

the sole important change in the life of a 20th century woman.

In regard with international human rights, couples and

individuals have the right to possess necessary information to decide freely on

the number of children they can have,the interval between births,to receive

highest quality of service in fertility and sexual health.In the 21st century

the changed position and manners of women about the sensual desires and affairs

will bring out serious consequences.

In summary new generations and especially university youth seem

to obtain more information about sexual functions,woman body and sexually

transmitted diseases;and in relation to this improving view, sexuality as a

term, is not accapted as a taboo.However,while experiencing this change, cases

of situations in which individuals have harmful risk factors,is a significant


As the general traditional cultural contribution about the woman

body and its functions and needs gain a flexible pattern,society’s conception of

sexuality may change. This situation is directly proportional with the idea of

rational interpretation of religious dogmas and revitalization of traditional


In Turkey 2.8% of female and 5.5% of male population have

university education.The ratio of having academic education is low. When

compared with the traditional groups, college students have different ideas and

attitudes towards sexuality. The relatively free social environment of a

university, maintaining a life apart from the parents and changing social values

with advancing age and educational improvements may be the result of this

situation.The university environment,by gathering individuals of different

experiences together,causes them to influence each other and affects the manners

and behaviours of this young population.Consequently,with the improving

educational status,individuals’ attitudes towards sexuality,conform into a more

flexible pattern and in the relatively free university environment,the ratio of

sexual intercourse before marriage is likely to be higher.

In conclusion, our desire is the relief of university youth from

the social pressures and taboos and their success in having a healthy sexual

life and reproductive health.

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