The perfect — and not easy to achieve — delivery for all things sex ed.
It’s written by Gigi Engle, a well-known sex educator, and it includes such essential passages as, “When it comes to your body, it’s important that you have the facts.
Researchers have found that teens in 10 countries, including the United States, find their school sex ed classes to be “moralistic,” “cringe-y” and too narrowly focused on heterosexual relationships. Comprehensive sex ed is linked to fewer teen pregnancies, lower rates of sexually transmitted infections and delayed initiation of sexual activity.
They’d prefer to get their information from a sex educator than a teacher they have to see in the hallways later, and they disengage from information that doesn’t match their own experiences. For teens who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, who have never felt like sex ed at school speaks to them, who feel like Google is their best source for questions (it’s not), who would sooner die than ask a parent or a pediatrician about a type of sex they know is highly stigmatized, the Teen Vogue article could be a lifeline — and the difference between engaging in sex safely or riskily.
(More on that in a minute.)First, a recap: Teen Vogue recently ran an article headlined, “Anal sex: What you need to know.” The tone is dispassionate, bordering on clinical, but it still manages to be accessible and nonjudgmental.Being in the dark is not doing your sexual health or self-understanding any favors.”And, “It's important that we talk about all kinds of sex because not everyone is having, or wants to have, ‘penis in the vagina’ sex.If you do have ‘penis in the vagina’ sex and are curious about something else, or are finding that that type of sex is not for you and you'd just like to explore other options, it's helpful to know the facts.”Also this, “If you're not comfortable reading about anal sex, that's perfectly OK, too.Was there ever a question, any question, that you wanted to ask but couldn’t for fear of being labeled a freak?Imagine if the answer was suddenly presented to you by a knowledgeable, unbiased grown-up who didn’t know a single one of your classmates or your parents. I would never pretend to know the best way to raise someone else’s kids.Same goes for straight teens who might be curious about various types of sex, or who might be dating someone who is curious about various types of sex.