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Despite popular belief, Sex Ed entails a lot more than P in V techniques. If you didn’t know that, then you probably need to be one of the first people to sign up for a class…honestly.
One of the most common misconceptions about sexual education is that children can be taught everything they need to know by their parents, or figure it all out on their own. Honestly, that’s like handing a child a formula for quantum theory, and expecting them to understand it. That’s just not realistic.
The truth is: Sexual Education doesn’t simply teach you what sex is, it teaches you how to control your sexual urges, the consequences of various sexual actions, how to stay safe from sexually transmitted diseases, how to prevent unplanned pregnancies, how to understand your own post-pubescent body, and how to understand the function of the post-pubescent body of the opposite sex.
For example: See is you can answer these 5 basic-knowledge-based questions.
1. Name 3 major rules to using condoms properly.
2. What does a healthy penis/vagina look like, and what are some warning signs of an issue?
3. How long should a woman take BC pills before having otherwise unprotected sex to avoid pregnancy?
4. What is the difference between HIV and AIDS?
5. Does abstinence protect you from sexually transmitted diseases?
If you’re curious…here are the correct answers.
1. Abide by the expiration date, do not wear two or more condoms at once, do not store condoms in a place where ripping or corrosion might occur (ex. In a wallet, purse, etc.).
2. Bumps and lumps don’t always allude to danger. In fact, many men have a rind of bumps around the crown of the penis – this is completely natural. However, if you find warts…beware, because that could be a sign of HIV. Women, discharge is 100% normal, and will change in color, consistency, and scent over the course of your menstrual cycle, but foul-smelling, cheesy, or yellow/brown/red discharge is almost always a red flag that something is wrong, or at least out of balance. Dry, scaly skin isn’t good. Rashes and skin abrasions aren’t good, either. Genitals come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, just like the people connected to them do, but it’s good to know what the warning size of disease are, so you can keep yourself better protected.
3. Wait at least two days after taking your first pill to start having otherwise unprotected sex with your partner.
4. AIDS is a condition or syndrome that stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. HIV is a virus that may turn into AIDS once the virus has damaged the immune system deeply enough. However, people can live for years with HIV without ever developing AIDS. However, both share the HIV virus. So, while you can have HIV without AIDS, you can’t have AIDS without HIV.
5. Abstinence puts you at a much lower risk for STD’s, but it doesn’t necessarily protect you. Virgins can obtain various STD’s by sharing needles, touching infected surfaces in bathrooms, etc.
I’ve had a conversation about the need to improve sexual education in the United States, and the other person said “Even my 5-year-old knows where babies come from! Need sex education in the U.S.? Please. That’s a sorry excuse for unplanned pregnancy.” However, as we just saw, sexual education is about much more than “where babies come from”, and there are still people walking around, every day, wondering “how did I get pregnant?”. Common myths like having sex in water will prevent pregnancy, you can’t get pregnant if you have sex standing up, and condoms are always effective, lead to young people, and maybe even older people, carrying around children that they didn’t want…or expect. I don’t even have to type the 5-page paper about what type of problems that causes in our society, you know how the rest of the story goes.
To prove my point, I just had a conversation with my mother and grandmother, in which I taught both of them the proper way to use a condom, and the proper way to wash your vagina. These women have lived 50 and 68 years of their lives, respectively, without knowing how to use a condom properly, and without understanding the dangers of cleaning your vagina with harsh chemicals and perfumes found in various washes. They weren’t aware that using water-based or oil-based lubricant makes all the difference when using a condom, if you want the protection to actually protect you. They hadn’t thought about the rubber being worn down by being stored in a wallet. Neither of them knew that condoms had an expiration date.
So, how did I know? I’ve been lucky enough to attend a private online honors high school, provided through Penn Foster University. I was offered a class that briefly covered the basics of sexual education. There were two exams on the subject. Not one questioned asked me where babies come from. Yes, it is the parent’s job to teach that to their children, but it’s becoming more and more obvious that we can’t rely on parents to teach their children the entirety of proper sexual education.
The problem is, sexual education isn’t mandatory in the United States…and where it is mandatory, it may not be required to be medically accurate, or it may not teach more than abstinence, which we all now know isn’t guaranteed to protect you. In fact, 37 states currently allow inaccurate information to be taught in sex education classes. Also, only 18 out of 50 states require contraception to be taught alongside sexual education. Now, it isn’t difficult to see why the United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate of any other developed country, is it? To top it all off, if someone in Texas, Alabama, or South Carolina receives information on same-sex relationships in their Sex Ed class, they can only receive negative information that discourages homosexuality.
Basically, we’re failing our up-and-coming generation.
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