Friday wrote:They'll still fuck just as much and just as recklessly.
recklessly. Because some idiot just told them that (1) condoms don't work and (2) they should plan on not having sex. Neither of which reduces the likelihood of anyone having sex, just the likelihood of them having a condom handy when they do.
Friday wrote:You can't curb the fucking, only the reckless.
It really doesn't take that damn much to explain safe sex.
Use a condom every time; they usually work. And yes, that's usually
, not always
; that's why, ideally, you should have a secondary form of birth control (ask your doctor; the pill works well for the majority of women but there are alternatives) and only have sex with someone who you trust is clean. (In high school it's probably not necessary for most people to get tested regularly, but by the time you're an adult, it's a good idea. Check if your insurance covers it; if it doesn't, find a free clinic.)
Nobody's going to get pregnant from oral or anal sex; anal sex is likelier to spread STI's than vaginal, while oral sex is less likely to (but still possible; yes herpes can be transmitted from mouth to genitals; never have oral sex if you've got a cold sore, and you're going to want to ask your partner if it's okay to even kiss). You should still use a condom for anal or oral sex, unless you've both been tested or are virgins.
And if you don't have a condom, you can always just use your hands.
I mean, did I miss anything? Aside from practicing putting a condom on a banana? I think that's pretty much the whole list of everything teenagers should be told in order to avoid disease and pregnancy, right? Obviously there's plenty else to cover in sex ed (the actual biology of how it works, the importance of consent, and, y'know, the fun
parts -- I don't think the words "clitoris" or "lube" ever came up in any of the sex ed courses I took here in Arizona public schools), but...I mean, the steps for safe sex are incredibly simple and concise, and even kids with no self-control can probably follow at least some
I guess that's why fundamentalists don't want kids to know them?