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As Boys Grow... (1957)

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The coach of a freshman track team explains the intricacies of the male reproduction system, and how to use it, to his team.

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We meet Coach Gene Douglas and his track team of boys about 14 years old. He overhears them talking about the facts and myths of sexuality so he offers a couple of sessions of straight talk, answering their questions and giving an overview of puberty and the male and female reproductive systems. He's cheerful and direct, using simple drawings as illustrations; masturbation and wet dreams are natural, pregnancy is now possible. There are no jokes, no sniggers, no snide comments about girls. At the end, a couple of the boys have an informal swimming date with a couple of girls at what looks like San Francisco's Lake Merced. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Coach Douglas: Well, it's the sex glands, or testes, that actually get these changes going. Here... maybe a diagram'll help.
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This coach has all the answers...he even brought charts!
20 December 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Group of schoolboys in their early teens press upon their physical education coach to clue them in on the changes happening to their bodies. With apparently no Health or Sex Ed class at their disposal, where else can curious youngsters turn for the facts? The coach (played robotically, yet amusingly by Joseph Miksak) explains the mystery of puberty, right down to producing a diagram of the penis and testes. After erections and ejaculation are understood, the boys (an inquisitive group!) have questions about girls and menstruation. It gets more complicated from there. Sample dialogue: "Babies and all that...is that the only reason a guy goes out with a girl?" Unsniggering documentary, designed to teach growing boys the facts of life, uses terms like 'wet dream' matter-of-factly, and ends on an upbeat note with boys and girls swimming together at the lake. The ultimate message seems to be: once the mystery of the sexes is understood, everybody can relax and have a good time! One can certainly imagine the eyeball-rolling reactions this received in classrooms throughout the country, but it serves a purpose.


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