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05/06/1994

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Let's Talk About Sex, Devushki

During a lecture this week at School No. 1748, the whispering died down when Olga Tryanina began describing different types of contraceptives, including those that are still unavailable in Russia. ""There's nothing to be embarrassed about,"" she had told the 10th-grade girls, holding up a plastic model of the female reproductive organs. ""It's your body, and you need to know about it to protect your health. Just as you clean your apartment, you need to take care of your body."" It sounds like ordinary advice for a group of 16-year-old girls already practiced in the arts of cosmetics and attracting the attention of boys. But in the conservative context of the Russian education system, the lecture was something new. Sex education, in a variety of new programs, is finally being introduced into the curriculum of Moscow's schools.

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