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Do you feel like you were given the sex education you needed

too early: I felt too young for the education I was given.
10% (128 votes)
at exactly the right time: I think I got it just at the age I needed it.
22% (269 votes)
too late: I felt I needed it before I received it.
18% (223 votes)
I'm still waiting to get the education I need, and/or I had to just find it myself.
50% (611 votes)
Total votes: 1231

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I went to many different

I went to many different schools (We moved a lot) so although I had a large variety of different teachings, I never got the education I felt I needed. We covered STD's, the male and female organs, but never how to actually be safe. How to use a condom, what safety options there were (like plan B, birth control, etc.) and left everything up to the student because they were afraid parents would get upset with teaching the students too much. I had sex for the first time at 19, my partner was 18, and neither of us knew how to use a condom. We read the box, put the first one on wrong, put a new one on, and when he put it in I had no idea what to expect, and it hurt so bad that I became embarrassed. I thought sex was supposed to be some magical thing that everyone enjoyed right off the bat. We tried again a few days later, struggled again with the condom, and it ended up slipping off of him entirely about half way through. Then there was a pregnancy scare and it was just a mess. If parents won't be open to their kids about sex then there should be more help in schools. No one should be deprived of this kind of information.

    I figured my mom would decide

    I figured my mom would decide when to have the Talk, but it didn't happen. By the time I was starting to wonder if she ever would, I had already looked up porn out of curiosity and figured out the basics of sex, and just asked her about sex like I had no idea, to get it out of the way. I got the reproduction and puberty info around 4th grade from textbooks, and a book for girls going through puberty that I picked up on a whim. I'd say that was okay, the way it was handled at the time. The information I got in high school wasn't any more detailed than elementary stuff, except with abstinence-ed added in, and was woefully inadequate. The more in depth stuff needed to actually have a healthy and safe relationship - I had to seek that out on my own later in life, and got it through the internet. I do wish I had known about Scarleteen then; it would've saved me a lot of shame.

      Convent school

      Without my parents (and the internet) i wouldn't have a clue about sex. i went to a convent school in england, the nuns lived at the bottom of the playground, and the teachers idea of sex ed was to show us a picture from a science text book showing the missionary position, telling us how babies were made, and then telling us how plants were fertilised. Thats right plants! I had better sex ed in primary school.

        hm..

        when I was nine, my mother told me how women conceived children. the truth is, i had already known, from a girl at my school who got into her brothers business WAY to much. but no one knew if it was true, so when my mother told me i was just shocked.
        I felt i was a little too young...
        but all she told me is what sex was and that it could get you pregnant. she didn't tell me about safe sex options, risks, condoms, birth control pills, masturbation, oral sex, anal sex... or anything. just just said a mans penis went into the womans vagina. she did say it was a "pleasure" and completley normal, but i didn't understand how that would be pleasurable at all! i knew nothing about orgasms, my clitoris, or the Grafenberg spot.
        i was almost scared for when i was older, because i knew NOTHING else about sex. I read a book in a series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor called the "Alice" series and one of the books was about the main character, Alice, exploring her genitals. I did a little reasearh on it and i did too.
        around the time i was in 6th grade i stumbled upon this website somehow, and it really interested me. i learned ALOT and i am so much more comfortable talking about sex and with my body.
        in 7th grade i took sex ed, but i didn't find it that informational at all.
        scarleteen is what pretty much gave me most of my sex education to be honest XD

          Still Waiting

          I was given a puberty lesson in 5th grade, all about how when "sperm meets egg, it becomes an embryo, then a fetus, then a baby," but with no explanation of how that all actually happened. The lesson also included separate talks for boys and girls about breast growth, pubic hair, and deodorant (apparently the gym teachers had had enough). In ninth grade we were sat down for lessons about sex, some segregated by gender, some not. We learned about our anatomical parts. We learned about STDs, AIDS, and pregnancy, and how to prevent them, with the strong emphasis being on abstinence, but also talking about birth control, condoms, IUDs, etc, and no mention of abortion.

          There was, as always, no discussion of the emotional side effects of sex. We all came out of that class reciting every possible symptom of herpes, but nothing about being pressured or doing the pressuring. No reasons to wait other than physical complications. No conversations of how emotionally attached sex makes you to another person.

          As long as schools continue to preach on about pregnancy and disease, girls will continue to have sex -- maybe safe, protected sex, but sex nonetheless -- at much too young an age and without any knowledge of the emotional complications.

            Still Waiting

            Amen. Bravo. Huzzah. Yipee. Woot. Can this be published on giant flyers in school boardrooms all over the world?

            Same experience, same soul-sucking disjointedness, same confusion. They just don't give a damn, and we should make them.

            Better yet, parents should actually have age-appropriate (ie since they know what information at which ages will be appropriate for the child, presumably) conversations with their children, not just get off with a "well we meant to..."

              Both too early and too late

              I was given a disastrous "sex ed" by my mother when I was too young and uninterested. It was disastrous because it was all about "how procreation works, because I don't want to be the kind of mother who tells silly stories to their children when they're too young" (though I hadn't even asked where babies came from) and "how to use a condom". It was never about what sex is really all about, about sexual identity and freedom, about mutual respect, about feeling good about myself. It never was about "if you want to have sex" but, rather, about "when you will have sex, since you must have sex as everyone else does".

              The sexual education I needed I got it late (but not too late to survive and move on), and I found it myself here, at Scarleteen.

                Perfect age for our grade

                At our school we had our VERY first class at the END of 4th grade. The boys and girls were sepereated and had seperate classes that were based on their own bodies. Just the BASICS. Then we had a semester of HEALTH class (co-ed) from FIFTH grade thru EIGTH grade--each year getting a little bit more graphic/detailed. I think it was perfectly progressed and well-done. We were able to ask questions anonymously and weekly had segregated (girls/boys) sessions, were the female gym teacher would come "girl talk" with us and the male gym teacher would go "guy talk" with the guys....it was really laid back and AWESOME.

                  Similar, But I Wish I'd Had Yours

                  At my school we had a similar age range to start learning. First we had separated classes in fifth grade, then in sixth grade they were co-ed. It wasn't as detailed or as many years as yours was, but it was still good. Even so, I wish I had gotten your type of sex ed. It sounds the best way to go, especially with such a laid back environment.

                    same as you...kinda

                    i had ONE class in 5th grade,but it was only about puberty,wich i already knew all about.the rest i figured out like most people did.and is it normal to not have a health class until AFTER 7th grade,becuase 3 more days until 8th grade for me and still no health class.

                      I was never taught in school

                      I was never taught in school about safe sex/risks/protection for lesbians and had to find out online. Also we didn't really learn anything about consensus and communication other than "it's okay to say no"

                        The hymen is a thin bit of

                        The hymen is a thin bit of tissue that wears away over time -- and much of it during puberty, whether you have sex or not, whether you were sexually assaulted or not. At 25, even if you had not had that experience as a child, much of your hymen would have worn away. Here's a link to fill you in on that: http://www.scarleteen.com/article/body/anatomy_pink_parts_female_sexual_...

                        And one more: http://www.scarleteen.com/article/advice/i_didnt_bleed_and_now_everyone_...

                          hymen

                          I have one question that is very important for me.
                          when I was 4 or 5 years old, a young boy has sex with me but becuase he is our relative and I like him that time, I couldn't tell my mum. and now I 'm 25 years old and I hate him and I wanna get married , may it possible that my hymen has broken down? I can't remember exactly because I was kid but I know that I didn't see any blood and contact time was very few because I had pain.and can a doctor repaire it like before that without nobody find out it? please answer me.
                          thanks

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