Sex ed matters because it’s time for a change.
“It’s time for our society to recognize what sex, sexuality, sexual health, and sexual safety truly means. While I was fortunate to grow up in a school system that supports a sex ed curriculum, it is lacking in so many areas.
While I learned the basics, I didn’t know I was missing so many pieces of the picture until I took my education into my own hands. I didn’t learn what consent truly meant; I spent three years in a relationship thinking my partner was correct in assuming consent was anything that wasn’t no, that passivity and discomfort was acceptable in a physical relationship. I didn’t learn what sex-positivity was; I grew up believing slut shaming and other sex-negative attitudes were acceptable. It’s time to change that.
It’s time to deliver well-rounded sex ed to everyone. It’s time to eliminate the need for my friends receiving abstinence-only sex ed to have to educate themselves. It’s time to remove the shame surrounding sex. It’s time to give sexual abuse and rape victims the chance to break their silence without being blamed. Sex ed matters.”
Erica from Needham, MA*
The good work Planned Parenthood does, especially with regard to educating young men and women about their personal health and sexual awareness, is something that must continue in our city.
If PPLM was a real person, I bet they’d be that awesome best friend that you always talk to people about.
"Oh, you haven’t met PPLM? They’re awesome. They help people get affordable birth control and sexual health services, and are inclusive to everyone. They also have a really rad Tumblr. You should get to know them."
Aww, shucks. <3
A great reminder of why sex-ed is so important!
One night, when I was about 13-years-old, my dad caught me doing unspeakable things to myself and said, “You know, if you keep that up you’re going to go blind.” And I said, “Dad, I’m over here.”
It’s National Masturbation Month! Check out this great article on Huffington Post about why it’s important to destigmatize masturbation.