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Mary Wakefield: Sex education classes are the last thing young children need

Such a charming little story I heard this week, told me by a friend who is governor of her local school. We were standing outside Sainsbury's, wondering where the car was parked, when The Twelve Days of Christmas started up in the forecourt. My friend sighed; gave her head a sad little shake. "What?" I asked. Well, she said, as a treat for the younger pupils, two officials from the local NHS trust had arrived to sing a song for them during the class that used to be sex education and is now PSHE (personal, social and health education). It was a jolly song, chosen with the festive season in mind, and because I've since found the lyrics online I can tell you that it went like this:

Pandora: Rushdie's an open book over his love life woes

One Fatwa, an assassination attempt and a, ahem, string of photogenic girlfriends: Salman Rushdie is no stranger to attention.

Republican quits after spanking boast is caught on tape

Another day, another Republican sex scandal. In a now-eerily-familiar scenario, a rising star of the party's conservative wing has been forced to resign – amid allegations that he fails to practise the lifestyle he so dutifully preaches.

Resort tests teenagers for STD

Teenagers in a seaside town will be tested for the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia and given keyring condom holders when they visit the beach in a campaign announced today.

'Sex without condoms can keep you sane'

People who frequently have straight sex without a condom are generally in better mental health than the rest of the population, according to a Scottish psychologist.

The Girlfriend Experience, Young Vic, London

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SSL's profits are boosted by European condom sales

Strong sales of Durex condoms and Scholl footcare products helped SSL International to deliver a 33 per cent rise in full-year pre-tax profits, as it revealed massive growth plans for Russia and surrounding countries through the acquisition of a condom brand and distributor.

Girl finds condom in McDonald's Happy Meal

Swiss police said today they were investigating a seven-year-old girl's discovery of a condom in her McDonald's Happy Meal.

Birth control for men in one injection

Chinese scientists succeed with testosterone jab trial on 1,000 volunteers

Investment Column: Impressive SSL is a safe bet in the recession

Our view: Buy

Share price: 450p (-0.5p)

The Blairs challenge the Pope over gay sex and condoms

As a recent convert to Roman Catholicism, Tony Blair must know that Lent is a period for repentance, quiet reflection and taking stock. Which makes it all the more curious that the former Prime Minister has chosen the holiest time of the year to take on the Pope, of all people, on the position of the Catholic Church in today’s society.

Catholic leader takes stand on adverts

Nichols to condemn TV slots for abortion clinics

Sophie Morris: Sexual pleasure is not offensive (unlike this ad)

Permit me a Mary Whitehouse moment, if you will, but at what stretch of whose imagination is showing children a group of women climaxing on prime-time television a good thing? I'm referring to a Durex advertisement (below) for a female "pleasure gel", which features young women reaching orgasm to the "Queen of the Night" aria from Mozart's Magic Flute.

Claire Beale: Sexy or sick? The big scare over selling condoms

Have you seen the ad with the girl slurping up her own vomit. Twice. It begins at the end of the story and plays backwards. So instead of throwing up down the loo, our heroine hovers up her sick from the toilet bowl. It's enough to turn your stomach.

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