Spaniards take an educated look at the art of chatting-up
Saturday 20 April 1996
This is the nation that invented the piropo - a man's hissed compliment, poetic rather than lewd, to a woman as she passes him in the street.
Why then, does a sex professor deem it necessary to supplement what comes naturally with a university course entitled "I want to pick you up"? A two-month course on establishing sexual relations between young couples starts next week at the Public University of Navarra in Pamplona.
The course is run by Jose Luis Garcia, a clinical psychologist and sexology specialist, who insists its purpose is absolutely serious. "Young people don't talk about sexuality amongst themselves, they don't talk about contraception. Very few parents talk about these things, and there is in effect no sexual education in schools," he said yesterday. In 18 years as a clinical psychologist, Dr Garcia has seen countless youngsters in their teens and early twenties suffering from problems of sexual relationships, inability to communicate and the pain of breaking up.
The course will cover, for example, how a couple can rekindle desire if they reach a stage of sexual monotony. Dr Garcia proposes talking, watching an erotic film, or finding a new place for the sexual act.
He urges young people to "express frankly their sexual desires" which includes the following advice to the person making the first move: "Don't get drunk, don't resort to elaborate deceptions, be frank and open."
Not much role then for the old piropo, which anyway is not what it was. The days when someone might shadow your steps murmuring "Your eyelashes are so long they could tie up my swollen heart and prevent it bursting with love for you," have given way to the all- purpose "Guapa!" (beautiful).
Dr Garcia's seminar will not help towards a degree. It is an optional course - extra-curricular activity, you might say.
- 1 2015 General Election: Green party will not appear in TV debate alongside Ukip – says BBC
- 2 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 3 Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
- 4 North Korean officials 'publicly executed for watching South Korean soap operas'
- 5 Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
Elizabeth Norment dead: House of Cards actress honoured by Kevin Spacey after she dies aged 61
Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
North Korean officials 'publicly executed for watching South Korean soap operas'
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
Nigel Farage and Frankie Boyle clash over Andrew Lawrence's 'Mock the Week' criticism
£18000 - £20400 per annum + Accommodation, Flights, Medical Cover: Randstad Ed...
£45 - £55 per day: Randstad Education Preston: We are looking for an experienc...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Cambridge: Primary Teachers needed in King's Ly...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Cambridge: Primary Teacher needed in the Ely ar...