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Last night I got to talking with my aesthetician about the state of sex education in America. Y'know, as you do. She's in her early 20s, grew up in northern California and has lived here all her life, and had no idea that in much of the rest of the country, comprehensive sex ed isn't taught in schools. She reasoned that people from those parts of the country must be why shows like 16 and Pregnant and I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant exist, since she's never understood how people could be so ignorant about sex, their bodies, and relationships. Unfortunately there wasn't time during the span of a 20-minute hoo-ha wax to explain to her that it's not just teenagers, or people from certain parts the country, but a pervasive lack of good information and a ton of fundamental biases about gender, sex, and sexuality that is nationwide and affects people of all ages. Maybe next time.

She was also surprised that I talk to people not just about STDs and how not to get pregnant, but about relationships and communication, and didn't understand why I think it's an integral part of sex ed. This is why:
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Remember When? edition:
  • I've posted this many other elsewheres, but it bears sharing here, too: Remember when you woke up full of awesome?
  • Also remember that long-ago time when MTV playing something besides music videos was a rare late-night treat rather than the other way around? Revisit (most of) it at LiquidTelevision.com. There's no Stick Figure Theater, but you can find it elsenet.
San Francisco edition: You Are Not So Smart edition: NSFW edition:


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