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The Terror of Sex Education

September 21, 2011


Short film directed by Craig Macneill. Written by Clay McLeod Chapman. Produced by Thom Litttle.

I agree with Adrian Keys’ opinion about the ending:

It would have been more horrific (in a good way, cinematically) had the director dared to show a splatter of semen on the floor at the end. Although the magic of movie-making means it didn’t have to be the boy’s real ejaculate, such a scene, I imagine, would come too close to child porn for most. Leading up to the climax the narration works well alongside the symbolic imagery. When the boy snaps back to his embarrassing reality, only letting the voice-over tell the story feels disingenuous to a visual medium.

–  From High on Sex

Despite the film’s literal climax, the ending felt a little anti-climactic after all that build-up. I don’t think we necessarily needed to see any actual “semen”, but one last lingering look from the camera would have satisfied me. A moment to relax from all the terror and let go.

This short won’t speak to everyone, because of its cisgendered and hetero view…i.e. “all girls are born with vaginas,” but it’s a pretty amazing little short told from the view of a “Late Bloomer”. The only thing that could have made it better is if it had been narrated by Vincent Price, but since he’s dead, I have to give props to Clay McLeod Chapman’s for his pretty dead on narration skills.

Oh, the terror, the utter terror!

Do you guys have any utterly embarrassing sex ed/awakening sexuality tales of your own? I’ll try to think of some and get back to you guys on that front…either in the comments…or maybe, I’ll devote an entire post to it.

Come on now, share, you know you wanna.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2011 9:02 pm

    This anecdote is not strictly mine because I was only a witness—and a giggling one too—but here goes.

    I think I was 12. We were sitting in biology class and the teacher was projecting transparencies of the male anatomy and its functioning. One particular image came up representing the penis in erection. Well, there was this boy in the class. In a sad but very classic gag kind of way, he was the perfect nerd stereotype, frail with thick glasses and all. In a moment of sheer honesty that he probably still dreads to this day, he raised his hand, and when asked, said “excuse me, but the slide is upside down”.

    Oh the giggles.

    Poor kid.

  2. September 25, 2011 12:32 pm

    OMG, poor kid. Maybe he had never had an erection before? Totally innocent mistake. I’ve definitely done those. Although, it’s not so great when it happens in a class full of people.

    I remember when I got my period and I wore my first tampon, I was really confused about when I would have to pee. You see, I thought pee came out of your vagina and it seemed like a whole lot of trouble to change tampon every time you went to the bathroom. Then someone told me you just pee with them inside you, which made me even more confused, because I could imagine wearing a pee soaked tampon.

    I eventually got it. Although, I don’t remember who clued me on the whole pee doesn’t come out of your vagina thing. Probably my mom or one of my friends.

  3. September 25, 2011 2:39 pm

    Funny how the things we take for granted later in life are not so obvious when we’re young. Especially things related to sex where parents were not sure how to talk about it, or had the same issue of not realizing that kids don’t know. It’s a case of not knowing what is unknown.

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