GENDER / SEXUALITY
The guardians combined sex education with explanations of the donation process, which contributed to the children "knowing, but not really knowing."
“One thing that occurs to me now is that when guardians first started giving us proper lectures about sex, they tended to run them together with talk about the donations” (83).
The students believe that true love, not just sex or a partner, could temporarily delay the donation process.
“if you were a boy and a girl, and you were in love with each other, really, properly in love, and if you could show it, then the people who run Hailsham, they sorted it out for you. They sorted it out so you could have a few years together before you began your donations” (153).