As a biology teacher I get the joy of teaching human anatomy. More specifically, I get to experience what most never have - a two-week long blush from covering the ins and outs (pun intended) of "reproduction." This starts with rather innocuous lessons on mitosis and essentially culminates with the early '80's NOVA film of the slimy blue baby in all its delivery room glory.
Along the way, however, we inevitably have some lively discussions. Sometimes the questions the students ask make me laugh and other times I become fearful for their future. Regardless, each year, after the unit is over, I always end up wishing I documented these questions - humorous, naïve, bizarre, and otherwise. So, this is the year.
After several weeks of looking at where life begins, I give you the best of the worst; these are my favorite "human reproduction" questions of the year! While they are all typical, most of them I have not been asked before quite like this.
"Does the masculine system look like that [the diagram of the uterus]?" (asked by a boy)
"If you have sex for 30 minutes does that make it more likely to get pregnant?"
"Exactly how many sperm are there...like per cubic centimeter?"
"Ew! It's like spaghetti! [magnified image of the seminiferous tubules inside the testis where sperm are formed]"
"If a guy has sex before breakfast and again after lunch and then again after dinner, how is the number of his sperm changed? (This student assured me that the women - only in Colombia are there multiples - were very pretty.)
"So...how many holes do we have?" (asked by a girl while looking at a diagram of the female anatomy from the text book)
"What happens if a guy puts 'it' in one of a girl's 'other places'?"
"Where on here [diagram of the female reproductive system] is the G-Spot?"
"Would it be a good idea to masturbate before having sex? [What?] Well, if you masturbate then you get rid of all the sperm and then you can have sex and not get the girl pregnant, right?"
It should be noted that all of these questions are said with straight faces and most of the time the rest of the class quiets down to hear the my response. Maybe just having "sex ed" only in fifth grade isn't such a good idea...
Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day!