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Australia Faces Flak after Bizarre 'Milkshake' Video to Teach Sex-ed and Consent Goes Viral

Video grab of Australian govt's sex education campaign.
(Credit: The Good Society)

Video grab of Australian govt's sex education campaign. (Credit: The Good Society)

The Australian government was forced to scrap sex education videos it realised due to 'confused' and 'bizarre' content.

A recent sex education campaign by the Australian government has been drawing flak on social media, forcing authorities to take down the viral clip that aimed at spreading awareness about consent through “bizarre" milkshake content. Rape prevention and sexual education experts have heavily criticised the federal government’s campaign and deemed it as misinformation about sexual consent.

The government released the campaign on The Good Society that consists of 350 videos, digital stories, podcasts and teaching materials to help teach sex and consent to school-age children. The website is part of the Australian Government’s Respect Matters program to support respectful relationships education in all Australian schools. It is an engaging, flexible, online program that helps students develop safe, healthy and respectful relationships.

However, the video that was released seems to have created more confusion than putting out a clear message.

The videos going viral show a young girlfriend smashing a milkshake on her boyfriend’s face while he doesn’t want to taste her drink. Another video reportedly shows a girl being scared to swim with sharks while her boyfriend trying to convince her to do so, which is supposed to represent that she doesn’t want to indulge in sex.

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Although they have been taken down by the official website, the videos have gone viral drawing immense apprehension from activists.

The director of End Rape on Campus, Sharna Bremner, said that the videos fail to meet the national standards for the prevention of sexual assault through education terming the videos ‘bizarre’ and ‘trivialise an incredibly serious issue’, reports The Guardian.

She mentioned that probably the makers of the video haven’t met a teenager or don’t understand the content they need.

“This resource doesn’t give young people enough credit,” she told Guardian Australia. “It undermines their intelligence. It underestimates what they already know, and I wonder if anyone involved in it has ever met a 17-year-old boy".

On Twitter, netizens had similar opinions to make slamming the content of the video.

However, the Australian education minister, Alan Tudge, and the minister for families, Anne Ruston, said the program had been developed in ‘conjunction with Our Watch and Foundation for Young Australians’ as well as parent, community and principals’ groups, as per reports.

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