Rachel Hart,
Reproductive Freedom Project
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March 13, 2007

Sex, Etc., a national magazine and Web site on sexual health written by and for teens, has launched a new campaign to promote comprehensive sex education called “I’m Taboo.” The campaign provides teens with a forum to submit videos and written submissions about the importance of information on how to prevent unintended pregnancy and STDs.



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Below are quotes from some of the written submissions posted on the Sex, Etc. site. If you need any convincing on the necessity of comprehensive sex ed in the schools just read what these teens have to say:

Sex is rarely talked about at home. No one really wants to know about your sex life at all. It is understood that my older sisters are sexually active, but they never talk to me about it. In middle school and high school, temptations start to circle around us and we have to choose. Choose between drugs or friends, alcohol or family, God or sex. And often times, we make uninformed decisions about this. If only we had people to ask and consult with who weren’t so embarrassed! Once i tried talking to my dad when i didn’t know much about sex, I went up to my parents’ room and tried asking ,as soon as i finished he made a lame excuse of having to go to the office cause he forgot something and said “ohh I’m sorry i gotta head down to the office, to get some documents for a meeting tomorrow, but don’t worry we’ll talk about it later” i guess later hasn’t come yet huh? and that’s the way we deal with sex-ed in my home then i wanna go learn at school since at home it’s no good well guess what i can’t because my teacher doesn’t know either..who am i supposed to go to? We are in the 21st century shouldn’t we be more open about it? I had to find out more about sex on my own because my parents don’t really talk about it. Sex discussions weren’t avoided in my family; my mother just never thought I was old enough to talk about it. Honestly, she still gets uncomfortable with me in the room if there is a sex scene in the movie we are watching, even though I am 18. My mother, being the one who was supposed to talk me through the whole “menstruation/girlhood” chapter of my life, seemed to forget or ignore that I was growing up. The school did too. Recently I found out a girl I’ve known for about 5 years is pregnant. She didn’t know anything about sex education and I blame it on my school and her religion. She had no knowledge that the “pull-out method” didn’t work, so she didn’t use condoms and thought that was OK. I wish my school had a sex education class, but we don’t. Teens around here are getting pregnant and STDs. I think if our school had a sex education class that might think about it a little more before they do it. Because every day I hear kids talking about who got this and who got that, and the main ones who do the talking are supposedly that person’s friends. If my school had a sex education class maybe these kids around here would be more aware of all the STDs and other things that comes along with having sex.

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