More than 31,000 people have signed a petition backing former porn star Rocco Siffredi’s call for sex education to be taught in Italian schools.
Point of view
Pornography should be entertainment but due to lacking alternatives it has become a means to learn, especially for young people.
In Italy, very few schools teach the subject as there is currently no national requirement to do so.
A 2013 European Parliament paper entitled ‘Sexual Education in Europe’ described the state of sex education in Italy (page 22).
“Now, there are no laws regarding this subject in the country, even if many proposals and compromises have been made during the last 30 years.
“In fact, the 1984 Concordat stipulates that the Ministry of Education had to consider the views of the Church.
“However, a few schools are actually providing sexuality education to their pupils aged 14 to 19,” adding:
“The headmaster of each school is in charge of the school policy about sexuality education. The contents of teaching are based only on biology and are taught by Biology teachers in a formal way.”
A change from the norm?
Now, the original ‘Italian Stallion’ is hoping to change this. He is calling for sex education to be mandatory and is even offering to lend his expertise to Italy’s young minds.
In a petition addressed to Italian Education Minister, Stefania Giannini, the 51-year-old wrote:
“I wanted to launch this appeal because sex is a magnificent thing.”
“I put forth my name and my experience, I make myself fully available to go into Italian schools and personally promote this initiative.”
The reason for the campaign appears to lie in a comment he made, in which he said young people were lacking alternatives to porn to learn about the birds and the bees.
“Pornography should be entertainment but due to lacking alternatives it has become a means to learn, especially for young people,” he said, adding:
“I have been doing my work for 30 years and I have acquired enough experience to guarantee that what I do is not sex education.”