Before we decided to create a sexual health/education blog we asked some friends to send us a Three Things, One Wish description of what they learned about sex in high or middle school and one thing they wish they actually learned from their Sex Ed courses.
Some of the answers ranged from haha, we live in Texas, I wish they thought us it hurts, to I only learned how to place a condom on a banana. But there was one answer that stuck out:
Mine was an abstinence based program, so it was really limited.
I wish I had learned about the statistical chances of me getting an STI. At my school, it was basically if you had sex before marriage you would contract HIV
This is usually the part where I add statistics and write about hypocrisy and everything in between. But I'm not, I'm just going to ask you three important questions and ask you to answer them via comment and add some fancy facts and stats next time.
1. What is the real reason behind the US-based abstinence-only programs?
2. Why is it that we teach abstinence-only courses, but still publically portray sex and sexual behaviors in advertisements?
3. If you were one of the many participants in this course, did the program deter you from having sex or did it have the opposite effect?
*Note:We are not against individuals choosing to abstain until marriage*