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post Dec 14 2013, 02:58 PM
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I do think sex ed is important. My school never taught us about sex at all, and we have about twenty pregnant girls in my class of three hundred or so. I'm seventeen and I have only recently become sexually active, and luckily for me I decided to do my research online before going with it. I did not know where to buy condoms, how to use condoms properly, where to get a STD test and abortion if I needed one, and what forms of birth control there were. Hell, I barely even knew what went where when having sex. It took me a long time to figure everything out, and I know that most people my age wouldn't take the time to research like I did. For most of us, asking parents for help is most definitely not an option. Sex ed would give us all the information we need to prepare us for something that is almost inevitable in our lives. Almost all teenagers discover sex at some point, and it is much better for them to be well prepared and ready for it when it comes than have absolutely no idea what to do.


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post Jan 1 2014, 10:33 PM
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I do think that the class is important. Why? So when your old enough 17- olden ages that you know what to do instead of doing it wrong and like Kipwi said Sex ed. will prepare us for Sex and the rights and wrongs of the way to do it.


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post Jan 20 2014, 06:39 PM
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Sex education is extremely important!

At a certain grade, I think school's should take sex education into their own hands. I'm 17 and my parents have never given me "the talk," but I was learning about this stuff early on. In 5th grade, I remember one of my friends explaining "scissoring" to me. We thought it was funny and didn't understand what it actually was. Kids shouldn't be thinking different sex positions are funny!

Teaching abstinence is a joke--It never gets through to the kids! Either they want to hold out for their final partner/soulmate/marriage/whatever, or they simply won't. So if they're going to have sex, why not at least take the pregnancy and STI's/STD's out of it?

At my school, we have a health class, I believe it was called something real basic like Personal Health or something. Their was a sex chapter where we learned all about STI's, various types of peer pressure/environments/abstinence, and also protections. I mean the teacher literally brought out the most common types of protection (spermicidal lube, condoms, the vaginal ring things, the stuff you get surgically implanted in you, The Pill, ect) and let us all see it. We also covered how much each one cost and where to get them. The teacher put a huge emphasis on how much each protection would cost versus having a baby. I guarantee no one in that class is going to have an accidental pregnancy, seeing as we spent a long time figuring out how often those ways fail (although the teacher did tell us to double up on different types, such as The Pill and a condom, or spermicidal lube and a condom, ect).

My point is, with the proper knowledge, and from an early age (I don't know where, anywhere between 6th and 8th grade I guess), teen pregnancy can be reduced. I know of about 3 girls in my school, since I've been going to High School, who've been pregnant. Granted, my school is small (about 1,200 students each year), but still.


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post Mar 18 2015, 12:00 AM
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Sex ed is most definitely needed in schools. Once children enter puberty, they will experience body changes and it is best for them to know what is going on with their body and why. Sex ed also helps people to make good decisions about sex in the future, since they know the risks and consequences. I remember when I was younger, I first came across something to do with sex. I had found a fanfiction site (now one of my favorite sites) when I was searching for pictures of Cynder from The Legend of Spyro. I started reading the fanfic (it was about Cynder mainly) and my first reaction was "Wow! This is cool!", as it started off as a relatively innocent story.

Now, this story was fine in the story area, but was infected with the dreaded "Mary Sue Syndrome". Basically, a Mary Sue in a story is a character who is absolutely perfect; everyone automatically loves them, they have super overpowered powers, they are invincible, etc. The characters were all dragons, and the main character quickly fell in love with Cynder. When I got to chapter 9 of the story, the author said it was a "lemon". For those of you who don't know, a lemon is a sex scene in a story, and has a lot of descriptive sex stuff. Now, since I knew nothing about sex then, I got really confused as I read on. What made it worse was the fact that they were dragons, and the author didn't use terms like "penis" or "vagina", like at one point they said "dragonhood" instead of "manhood" and I had no idea what they meant. By the end of the chapter I was really confused and thought "Uhhh...what was that all about?". Of course Cynder got pregnant later on (prettymuch the only reason characters have sex in lots of fanfics is to get pregnant), and then I thought "Sooo...they did that thing you do to make people pregnant?".

Anyways, I am veering off-topic, but that was the start of my learning about sex. I gradually learned more about it, and when I got the full concept my thoughts were "EEEWWW! That is so gross! Why would people do stuff like this?!". I was still somewhat young then, and I found the idea of sex totally disgusting. But now, I understand why people would do it, and wouldn't put myself past doing it if I found the right partner and am older (if I ever get over my huge phobia of pregnancy, that is). However, it is best for teenagers to learn about sex a little before they hit puberty, so they know what to expect and what sex is. People need to learn that sex has consequences, and it isn't something you can just go do with anyone you want. Babies, for example, can be a result, and babies (in my mind at least) are like leeches on you and your money. They suck up cash like nothing else, and need to be cared for almost constantly. Once you have a baby, you can say goodbye to the next 20 or so years of your free life (if you plan to keep it that is).

In conclusion (sorry for all the text...heh), sex is something that people need to know about, in order to prevent bad incidents and unwanted pregnancies, and to teach people how to be safe when having sex. Some people think sex is super innappropriate, mainly due to stuff like innuendos and rape, and dirty jokes. But sex is a big thing in the lives of a lot of animals (its what allows us to procreate and breed, thus producing more of our species), and it is not something that we can just ignore. My mother didn't need to teach me about sex, I learned about it from society, books, the internet, games, school, etc. She would have told me about it if I asked though, and she is fine with discussing the topic and answering questions I have.

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post Apr 27 2016, 09:17 PM
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I'm going into public health policy and management for my master's degree, because we desperately need to change things up. It's no coincidence that the places with no sex ed or "optional" sex ed have the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country and highest STD rates.


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