Slut Shaming May Soon Be A Thing Of The Past Thanks To A Change In Sex Education

Many girls over the age of 16 face being called a slut or a whore at one point in their life, and usually by a girl. Maybe it’s because they have sex, maybe it’s because they wear shorts, maybe it’s because they’re talking to a boy who has a girlfriend, maybe it’s because they post a selfie. The list goes on as to why girls feel justified in calling other girls a slut or a whore. As Ms. Norbury would say from Mean Girls, “There’s been some girl on girl crime here.” And why is that? Why do girls constantly and consistently slut shame each other? It might have something to do with the fact that society teaches a sex education that preaches abstinence-only ideals and tells us that sex is bad or wrong. But thankfully, things might be changing on this front.

According to Yahoo Parenting, the future of sex ed is much brighter. The U.S. is finally wising up and looking at the statistics showing that the states which implement abstinence-only education have the highest rates of teen pregnancies and STD’s. This is because kids are never taught about sex or condoms or STD’s and have no idea how to use a condom or have any form of safe sex. So when they unsurprisingly get curious about what all the fuss is about with sex and have it, they’re unable to safely do so. But it seems the U.S. is changing, and will now be taking after many European countries with regards to their more open, sex-positive form of sex ed. Nicole Cushman, executive director of Answer, an organization that promotes open sex education, tells Yahoo, “You provide [kids] with tools for talking about what it means to be a friend; in middle school, you talk to them about how the same principles of respect and trust and communication apply to romantic relationships. And then when they get to high school, they are really ready to talk about sex and safety.”

Obviously, less teen pregnancies and STD’s are the desired result for this new form of sex ed, but it will also lead to more open discussions and acceptance of sex, sexual identity, and sexual orientation. People will be more respectful of other people’s sexual choices because sex will no longer be taboo. It will be laid out for everyone to see and no one will need to feel shame for who they have sex with, how they have sex, when they have sex, if they have a lot of sex or if they have no sex at all—goodbye slut shaming.


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