Sex Ed Sucks Now, Study Shows


Millennial and people older than millennials can probably recall their sex ed classes in grade school and beyond. There was always a video about their changing body. There was talk about urges and fighting those urges because teachers could never outwardly be cool about their students boning. But the point is, at least for all of us, we had some kind of sex ed. No matter how much we immaturely giggled through it or no matter how lame it was, it existed.

But a recent study said a lot of teens aren’t getting the birds and bees talk at home or at school, and that’s resulting in an explosion of STDs and teen pregnancies. Planned Parenthood said there’s 20 million cases of STDs a year. And those cases range from the everybody-has-it HPV to the super scary bubbly herpes. Planned Parenthood also told Teen Vogue in 2016 that America has the highest rate of unintended teen pregnancy in the industrialized world, and they said a recent study by the Guttmacher Institute has proven that teens were getting more sex education over ten years ago than now. That means teens were learning more about their bodies when abstinence-only advocate George W. Bush was in office. (I guess, this explains how they can get so many applicants on MTV’s Teen Mom.)

The study from the Guttmacher Institute analyzed data from a survey from 2006 to 2010 and a survey from 2011 to 2013. Guttmacher’s researchers say the amount of teens saying they learned about sex from school dropped from survey one to two.   

The Guttmacher Institute said that sex education is only mandated in 24 states and the District of Columbia, and that there’s no consistency from state to state. Some schools talk about LGBT identities, but others don’t. Some give medically accurate information, and some reportedly don’t. (If they’re not medically accurate, then what are they teaching?) 

But even if sex education is present, one of the major problems the study found was that not enough people were talking about birth control. In the survey, 21% of girls and 35% of boys said no one at school or at home told them about it. Maybe it was because their teachers and parents were squeamish about sex, or maybe they were naïve that kids get horny. Or maybe they were all too fucking lazy to have the super awkward sex talk. But for whatever reason, we all know that squeamishness, naivety, and laziness leads to diseases and/or babies. Lots and lots of babies. And abortions if we’re getting dark and real here.

Years before the Guttmacher study, the Center for Disease Control did their own research. They found that almost half of sexually active high school students didn’t use a condom, and they found some correlation that many sex ed programs were bypassing teaching condom use in their curriculum. 


So what are teens supposed to do? If they aren’t getting good sex ed in school, they’re stuck surfing the internet or asking their idiot friends. Luckily, Planned Parenthood still exists (As long as the GOP doesn’t have its way), and they are still the number one provider of free sex education. Let’s just hope that PP sticks around and lets teens know to wrap up their junk or at least be there to give them a test or medication when they don’t.
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