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Let’sTalkAboutSex...Education

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canwetalkqa Can We Talk: Sexual Health
over 2 years Story
Let’s Talk About Sex...Education

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:

  1. “You can not lose your virginity via tampon”

  2. “If you have your period and have sex, you WILL GET PREGNANT”

  3. “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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  • Naomi Nesher
    Naomi Nesher Student/Writer
    over 2 years ago New York City, NY, United States

    It's frustrating how incomplete sex education is in so many schools. I'm a definite advocate for more in-depth and explanatory sex ed!

    It's frustrating how incomplete sex education is in so many schools. I'm a definite advocate for more in-depth and explanatory sex ed!

  • Bernadyn
    Bernadyn Community Member
    over 2 years ago Gainesville, FL, United States

    These are great suggestions on how to properly talk about sex education. It's so important to learn as much as you can, especially all the options for different situations.

    These are great suggestions on how to properly talk about sex education. It's so important to learn as much as you can, especially all the options for different situations.


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Can We Talk: Sexual Health

To start a dialogue about the importance of sexual education, inviting strangers and friends to share their opinions and experiences on sexual health and everything in between. We’ll bring you commentary and resources on topics such as Sex Education, Abstinence, Rape & Sexual Assault, The [...]

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