Having a libido does not make you a sexual deviant.
The Royal Police Malaysia (PDRM) recently reported the results of a survey conducted which found that “9 out of 10 female teenage girls admit to being addicted to sex”.
The original report, which was first published in Harian Metro, says that the findings are based on the thousands of female teenagers who have been involved in rape cases or cases investigated in accordance with Section 376 (1) of the Penal Code.
Bukit Aman Sexual, Women and Child Investigations Division (D11) principal assistant director Assistant Commissioner Siti Kamsiah Hassan is a psychology officer who is preparing the findings.
According to her, many of these teenagers are younger than 16 years old. They engage freely in sexual activities, despite also confessing that such activities “violate morals and are considered a religious sin”.
Siti also notes that earlier this year, there have been 2 reports of teenage girls advertising sexual availability on social media and charging as low as RM50 for sexual acts, not for the money but for the pleasure of it.
The investigation concludes that teenage girls who first engage in casual sex get “addicted” to it and want to repeat the act.
She also notes that these teenagers are not properly educated on such issues and their parents may be none the wiser about their illicit activities away from home and trust their children fully, which could create opportunities for individuals who may want to take advantage of these girls.
This eventually leads to rape cases when teenagers engage in these illicit activities with strangers they meet on social media. This is where it begins, and eventually the problem will grow to sex addiction.Siti Kamsiah Hassan to Harian Metro
A serious accusation slut-shaming teen girls
The methodology used in the survey is not known, though it should be emphasized that PDRM conducted this survey on girls who were already brought in for cases investigated in accordance with Section 376 (1) of the Penal Code.
Additionally, while “sex addiction” is thrown around by laymen the same way “video game addiction” is, it’s not really an “illness” recognized by bodies such as the World Health Organization.
The latest approved version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), produced by the WHO, only includes “excessive sexual drive” as a diagnosis (code F52.7), subdividing it into satyriasis (for males) and nymphomania (for females).
That being said, a healthy curious libido in teenage girls should not immediately equate to sexual addiction. Sexual addiction, while not officially recognized, is generally understood to mean a state characterized by compulsive participation or engagement in sexual activity, particularly sexual intercourse, despite negative consequences.
This is not the same as exploring your sexuality as teenagers hit puberty and grapple with all the things their body is doing as they reach sexual maturity such as desire and arousal.
Additionally, the true tragedy here is that these teenage girls are not only investigated under cases of rape, but are also being labelled ‘sex addicts’ for admitting to enjoying sexual activities.
This may come as a surprise, but an overwhelming majority of humanity enjoys sexual activities for pleasure.
(We’re also not quite sure why teenage girls investigated under cases of rape are answering surveys asking if they are sex addicts.)
A red flag over Malaysia’s glaring lack of sex education
Siti Kamsiah Hassan got one thing right, which is that these teenage girls are not educated about sex properly.
Malaysia’s glaring lack of sex education and general stigma surrounding sex and sex-related topics have been heavily dicussed for years with nothing to show for it.
Instead, many teenagers turn to the hidden areas of the internet to explore their sexuality and libido, which can and do lead to unsafe sexual practices or exploitation from predators.
However, the answer to this problem shouldn’t be more restrictions on the exploration of the teenager’s own libido, but instead proper guidance and real education on sexual activities and all its components, from consent to consequences.
Anne Dorall is a writer at TRP who mostly writes about food and lifestyle, but sometimes covers topics such as environmental issues and human rights.
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.