After that little mishap, I triple-checked everything and I was doing really well (if I may say so myself). But then came the final lecture. Now there’s something about substitute lecturers and final lectures that get students nutty so I should have known. Firstly, out of the 39 students only 6 arrived for class (apparently nobody understood that they should study for a test that they were writing the following day and they suddenly realized that they were running out of time. Hmmmm. Anyway when I got there the numbers had increased to a massive 12 (I heard one of the students saying “we’re only going cos we like her lectures” – HUGE ego boost) I obviously assumed that “her” was me *don’t burst my bubble*
Anyway it was a fun lecture and pretty soon we got onto very interesting topics of discussion. We were studying culture and I used circumcision as an example of a cultural belief/ ritual. One student shared that she was from Nigeria and circumcision is the norm, but her brother married a Greek lady who obviously vehemently disagreed with this ritual and viewed it as genital mutilation. This apparently sparked a family dispute which reached epic proportions when the couple visited with their 3 month old son and the family refused to accept any male child with a foreskin into their family! The disagreement raged on and one night the couple went out leaving Granny to babysit. Need I say more??……… yes, she actually had him circumcised without the parents’ knowledge or consent while they were at the movies! As expected, all hell broke loose after that, including threats of extradician to Greece for prosecution! Talk about a great example of different cultures – wow!
The conversation soon turned to the fact (not sure if it’s a fact) that in Johannesburg alone 58 000 legal abortions have been performed year to date. This horrific statistic moved the conversation onto condoms and unwanted pregnancies. I voiced my opinion that people should use condoms more out of value to themselves and their lives, with more of an intention to avoid contracting an STD than falling pregnant. Pregnancy = life, some STDs = death. And the opinions started flying! Eventually we had a showstopper – one student at the back who never utters a word, suddenly shouted out “just do it in the bum!”
Not much leaves me speechless but this comment really did. The laughter was explosive, but that was not all, another very quiet girl who obviously didn’t understand the comment wanted to clarify “so you can’t fall pregnant if you do it from behind?” OMW!! The lack of sexual education amongst these students floored me!