I don’t really know what is the “right” way to educate about sex and STDs but I do know, something needs to change.
Danielle Corsetto of “Girls with Slingshots” did this comic which brought up a point about virginity: but also recently has brought up the fact that “clam to clam” can get you an STD/STI too.
It’s scary to me that middle school kids need to have the STD talk. It bothered me when I was in High School and was hearing that so and so’s little brother got busted in the bathroom having sex at school.
I didn’t grow up in a big city, so this isn’t something that “oh that happens in LA” kinda thing.
The Pregnancy Pact scandal? Have you seen 16 and Pregnant? It’s disturbing to me how many of the girls are as flippant about their babies as they would be say, a purse or a puppy. (I cringe watching the show and look at Belle, it worries me that she- a Papillon dog is treated better than the human babies on my screen.)
But that’s just what produces babies.
That doesn’t talk about the STDs, the abortions, and the psychological complications that are coming from these young, often confused people being sexually active.
I cannot say this enough. Use protection, use common sense. You can catch something that will be with you the rest of your life and there is no “morning after pill” for that, those STDs can lay dormant for years, people can go on untested, or just be reckless.
Kids, teens, young adults, adults, and old people too need education about sex. About what is abuse, and why it’s ok to say stop. And that stop means STOP not “c’mon baby, do it for me.” (Consenting adults: if you decide to engage in some kind of sex play- have a safe word and set limits. Sometimes “banana” can mean STOP.)
Anal sex, same sex, oral sex… can all lead to STDs. This is where that common sense and protection thing comes in….
I feel like common sex education needs to find a place in today’s society.