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Attack on children's cartoon sex guide

London Telegraph

A cartoon booklet showing primary school children how to pleasure themselves sexually was published yesterday by a Government-funded charity.

The controversial guide includes a cartoon of a girl apparently masturbating in the bath, and says it is "totally normal" to be attracted to people of the same sex.

There are also diagrams showing where the clitoris is in the Family Planning Association leaflet, entitled 4You.

Teachers, family values campaigners and educationalists said the guide was inappropriate for its target age group of nine to 11-year-olds.

However, its author, Liz Swinden, a former teacher and a writer on sex education, said: "It's less twee than some previous books and more in touch with what kids' lives are like. People complain about spoiling children's innocence but they need to know about their bodies and how they will develop."

Last night critics questioned the use of this type of literature for primary schools. Nick Seaton, of the Campaign for Real Education, said: "Parents will be horrified that this sort of pornographic material is being targeted at primary school children."

Robert Whelan, director of Family and Youth Concern, said: "We do not think this kind of literature should be made available in primary schools. It could be disturbing for young children and it is an issue of concern for parents.

"Almost all the FPA's funding comes from the state and the FPA basically represents the official point of view in the Health Department and Department for Education."

Sue Clemson, a head teacher, said she would not be using it with her pupils. "I really didn't like the pictures and I would consider myself open-minded."

Anne Wyeman, chief executive of the FPA, said: "Primary schools and parents need to work together to ensure no child is left in fear or ignorance about their sexual development."

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