I graduated high school not knowing how to do two essential things: I didn’t know how to do my taxes, and I didn’t know how to use a condom. Seriously, how is it possible to declare 18-year-olds ready for adult life if they can’t be financially responsible or sexually healthy in the most basic ways? I sat through weeks of peer presentations on gonorrhea and syphilis and herpes in 9th grade, and then again in 11th, but no one thought it would be useful to bring in a condom and open it up? No one thought it would be helpful to explain how to put it on and how to throw it away, to use a new condom every time but to never use two at a time? (And how many of you learned that condoms had an expiration date from that episode of Friends where Ross finds out the hard way?)
Sex education is an issue I care a lot about. I get angry a least once a week about how little American teenagers know about sex, and how about high our STI rates are, and how high our teen pregnancy rates are. If we’re not getting the education we need to be healthy adults by the end of high school, then we need to do some serious catch-up in college. So, in the words of Salt-N-Pepa, let’s talk about sex, baby!