Mission Statement

The current version of sex education in America isn’t working. In March of this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new study with the finding that one in four women between the ages of 14 and 19 were infected with a sexually transmitted infection. News anchors were shocked by this statistic, wondering aloud how this could be happening to the kids of America—but should anyone really be surprised? Abstinence-only programs utilize scare tactics when they talk about sex and STIs—while actively avoiding the issue of protection.

There are only a few things Alyssa remembers from her high school sex education: terrifying, humongous photographs of syphilis and gonorrhea, and some strange exercise that involved eating Oreos and spitting into cups (somehow this signified the spread of STIs). It wasn’t exactly a comprehensive version of sex education. The take-home message was simply that sex was something to avoid and something to be feared—certainly not something to engage in. Mackenzie also found the sex education curriculum she encountered in school utterly boring. She felt boxed in by expectations of how she was “supposed” to act according to her assigned gender. Nothing she was learning was helping her to solve the issues that really mattered.

Both of us feltcheated by the lack of information about sex we received in high school. To combat this nagging feeling, and to put into action all that we’ve learned in our gender studies classes, we decided to create a video—sex ed on our own terms. As we brainstormed ideas for a sex ed video, it quickly became clear to us that we didn’t want to just improve upon sex education—we wanted to overhaul it. A few of our biggest goals were to address gender identity, sexual orientation, and sex itself, and to do so with frankness, humor, and respect for the viewer. Thus, our video’s aim is not to act as an ideal (or comprehensive, by any means) form of sex education for high school students in the US. Rather, it is a radical statement and critique of the silence surrounding sexuality, gender, sex, birth control, etc. in the American educational system. It could be used to supplement a much larger sex education program, but certainly does not provide every important fact necessary for teens to stay safe and enjoy themselves.

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. sexpertise  |  September 23, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    This is terrific! Well-researched, entertaining and pertinent. I hope you create a lot of dialog.
    Good job!

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