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Sex Re-Education

Have you seen Bristol Palin’s recent tv commercial on sex education?  Don’t waste your time, here’s the scoop: it’s kind of boring and awkward, and she promotes abstinence-only education.  Palin’s a born-again virgin.

I remember sitting in sex ed class (I had to take it as a senior with freshmen) and being told that every time I have sex I will get an incurable STD and get pregnant.  While I don’t have a problem with stressing the high risks of pregnancy and STDs without the use of condoms, I do have a problem with abhorrence of teen sexuality.

Let’s face it – they’re young and hormonal, and good god, let’s try and prevent them from procreating at this age!

Due to this shortage in valuable knowledge about sex (since there’s so much crap coming from churches and porn), here’s a few sites with great information about sex education.

1) Midwest Teen Sex Show

This is one of the most hilarious damn shows on the whole damn planet.  Although the MTSS team is currently not producing any new sex ed shows, you can find all of their own episodes here.

My favorite episode of all time is on vaginas.

2) Scarleteen

This site is full of handy information, like “What Disability Can Teach Us About Sex” or “Sexual Anatomy for Everybody,” but it’s most invaluable service is sex ed texting.

To ask Scarleteen a question via text, text the keyword ASKST to 66746, followed by your question.  You can literally be mid-coitus between the hours of 6 am and 11 pm and text a sex question.  Pretty neat.

3) Shelby Knox

You might also check out the blog of Shelby Knox, a 24 year-old sex education activist (I am 23 and have done nothing as cool with my life), who has come a long way from her virginity-pledging roots.  Knox first came onto the scene at age 15 when she starred in a PBS documentary about her experiences growing up in the highly conservative and religious town of Lubbock, Texas.

Here’s a synopsis from the PBS website:

Into the culture wars steps 15-year-old Shelby Knox of Lubbock, Texas. A self-described “good Southern Baptist girl,” Knox herself has pledged abstinence until marriage.

When she finds that Lubbock has some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases in the state, and her county’s high schools teach abstinence as the only safe sex, she becomes an unlikely advocate for comprehensive sex education, profoundly changing her political and spiritual views along the way.

“I think that God wants you to question,” Shelby says, “to do more than just blindly be a follower, because he can’t use blind followers. He can use people like me who realize there’s more in the world that can be done.”

Here is a story for our times, where the combustible mix of politics, family and faith aren’t as predictable as the red state/blue state divide would suggest.

Here’s the trailer for the documentary The Education of Shelby Knox:

And on that note, go  a) become informed about safe sex and  b) have fun with your new knowledge!

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