We all laughed at this scene from Mean Girls, but it’s more than just comedy. It’s how sex ed is taught in classrooms all over the country.
Let’s take a deeper look at sexual education in the United States
Shocking isn’t it? As of 2014, only 19 states required that whatever being taught in a sex ed classroom had to be medically accurate. That’s only 38% of the country. This means that over half our country is easily receiving false, unsafe information, if they are getting any information at all. How does that sound safe to anyone?
Comprehensive sex ed goes beyond abstinence and STI scare tactics that is so commonly found in the current, abstinence only education being provided. It discusses safe sex, consent, healthy relationships, abortion and adoption, sexuality, and understanding of one’s own body. Right now we are scaring youth from exploring and understanding their own body’s, refusing to talk about birth control methods in depth, and focusing on religion and politics instead of health and medical accuracy.
To me, it seems like common sense to provide teens with the tools and understanding that they would need to be safe and healthy if they decide to have sex. TEENS HAVE SEX, and it’s obvious that abstinence education and no education is not working. So why aren’t we changing anything effectively?
Of course this is not an overnight change. But the more people who stand up and voice the need for comprehensive sex education, the more likely change can occur. Let’s protect and inform America’s youth, not scare and confuse.