I started my period at 11, to me and the rest of the world, I had become a full grown woman and with it came power, responsibilities, and some unwanted life lessons. But this isn’t exactly a post about my period (though I could write some stories). This is a post about the things I learned about sex and education the years after my first period.
Unlike some of my friends, I had the honor of having not one, but two health classes- the year I received my period and my freshmen year of high school where I learned and I quote:
“You can not lose your virginity via tampon”
“If you have your period and have sex, you WILL GET PREGNANT”
“Aids is Real”!
Oh and my favorite, girls should protect themselves by not being loose, that came courtesy from one of the guys in my class.
So, yes, unlike many of my millennial friends, I was lucky to get some form of sex talk at school. But like them, I learned absolutely NOTHING!
You know what would have been great? If I learned:
It’s the responsibility of both partners to carry protection
Aids is real, but what is it and what are some preventative measures
What constitutes as rape?
What are my options if I get pregnant?
What is birth control, do I have options?
And could we talk about hygiene?
Our bodies are changing, how or what should I do to keep myself healthy? (I’m 26 and still learning)
Now, I’m a novice when it comes to sex and sexual education, but I’ve decided that it’s time to stop complaining and write about topics related to sexual experiences, so each week I’ll bring you stories, experiences, and resources, on how to protect yourself, and topics that I believe should be taught in sexual ed classes.
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