Berlin: The German government has launched a sex education website aiming to teach asylum seekers about everything from consensual sex and orgasms to porn and prostitution.
Newly launched Zanzu.de teaches migrants and refugees about sexual norms in their new home country, as well as sexual health, gender equality and LGBTQ rights. The website, which cost German taxpayers £94,775, also has a section on pornography which explains that ‘sex in reality is not often like this’.
Zanzu’s porn section explains that ‘in pornographic materials people always have slim bodies, big penises or big breasts’. It goes on to teach that in most cases the bodies of porn actors have been ‘surgically altered; and that while pornstars ‘want and can have sex all the time and do not show any emotions’, this is not a realistic expectation of sex with a partner.
The website,, launched by the German Federal Centre for Health Education, is part of a wider government effort to help integrate the more than 1.1million asylum seekers who have arrived in Germany in the past year.
Zanzu is intended to help bridge the gap between the conservative attitudes to sex found in many of the countries of origin of the migrants, and the more open German approach. The website offers blunt and straight to the point information which a Western European would take for granted, but which may be new to a migrant or refugee.
For example, its section on sexual orientation leaves no space for misinterpretation, stating ‘No one can choose his/her sexual orientation. ‘Parents cannot influence through upbringing whether their children become homosexual, heterosexual or bisexual.’
It also has a section on prostitution, a profession which is legal in Germany, where it is explained that: ‘Men and women are only allowed to be prostitutes if they do so voluntarily. It is not allowed to force someone into prostitution in Germany.
‘Even a marriage partner cannot force his/her partner into working as a prostitute.’ The website also tackles issues of honour culture, which is prevalent in some Middle-Eastern nations, informing migrants that this is punishable by law in Germany.
In addition it specifically addresses virginity, explaining that ‘You cannot see or feel that someone is a virgin. Not even a doctor can do this,’ expelling an urban myth peddled in many societies where a woman’s honour is tied to her remaining a virgin until her wedding night.