TEACH eight-year-olds about sex”; the Sowetan front-page headline was tantalising and I could not resist the desire to peruse the article. The logic of Khambi’s argument seems obvious. It can be put loosely as follows: there is a high prevalence of teenage pregnancies. Teenagers do not have access to contraception. Therefore, teenagers must be allowed access to contraception. When we dare to look deeper, we can see that this is not an easy issue, in which giving or not giving contraceptives to our children can candidly and ethically be addressed.