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'Dangerous myths' and the rise of sex education in Myanmar

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The South East Asian nation of 52 million people had been largely closed to the outside world for about 60 years until 2012, when it began making changes.
Despite the spread of the internet into the lives of ordinary people in Myanmar, and an influx of foreign organisations, there is still a range of taboo topics and bizarre misconceptions.
One such example is the superstition that some women's clothing can sap men of their masculine power if it is washed with their laundry, or hung to dry in too high a position.
Not to mention that fact that a local English language newspaper was forced to apologise for printing the word vagina earlier in 2015.
Slowly, programs are creeping in to fight the myths, giving women and men factual information about their bodies, as well as broaching completely new topics, such as female masturbation.
Htar Htar founded Akhaya Women, one of the organisations running those workshops in Burma.
She said the topic of sex in itself was still taboo.
"We don't talk about sex. We don't even [say] the word sex. So we need to practice saying it," she said.
Akhaya Women has already educated 2,500 people, mainly women, many of whom have passed on those lessons back at home.


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