What We All Should Have Learned In Sex Ed But Didn’t

It’s 2018 people, and two things are abundantly clear: 1) sex ed matters and 2) cultures/religions that believe sex is shameful screw everything up. The statistics are terrifying: More pragmatic approaches to teenage sexuality, like showing them how to be responsible about the thing they are definitely going to do, outrank in performance- strict abstinence/religious forms of sex education (i.e., “Don’t have sex until you’re married, or else”) by almost every statistical measurement including teenage pregnancies, abortions and HIV infections.

Pacific Standard

By the way, the United States is the worst offender in all of those categories. The recent government-funded “abstinence only” programs have been found to actually increase teen pregnancy and STI rates in states where they’re implemented, proving, yet again, that teenagers will always do exactly what you tell them not to and screw themselves up in the process.

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