Sex, etc.

This is a fun and lively sex ed. website created by and for teens. It is written in a magazine style, with scrolling stories relating to health topics in the news or narratives written by teens available on the main page, and then lots of links to other stories and Frequently Asked Questions available in the sub-sections. In fact, the content written by teens is the best part of this site — these stories help make a lot of the topics more accessible. For instance, one teen talks about getting an HIV test and how it wasn’t as scary as he expected. Another teen talks about getting over her ex, while another discusses how she’s both Christian and anti-homophobia — and why these perspectives go together. These are important stories for teens to share and reflects a very teen-positive approach to sexual health. Teens aren’t dummies and they have thoughtful things to say on these topics. They simply need a place to say them.

Another unique aspect to this site is that it has an A-Z sex dictionary, where teens (or anyone) can go for a quick definition of sex and sexual health-related terms ranging from sex positions to parts of the body to legal jargon. Even I learned a thing or two by browsing through the topics covered. Unfortunately, this section is also the only place where Pornography is covered on this site — in one sentence. Most teens know what pornography is. What they want to know is what does it mean?

Other sections on this site include Birth Control, Pregnancy, LGBTQ, Your Body, Relationships, Sex, Abuse and Violence. However, each section links to updated articles relating to the topic rather than to static information, so this website is not the best place to go for a quick answer concerning, for instance, “Signs and symptoms of Herpes.”

One particularly positive aspect of this site is that it encourages youth action around sexual health issues and sexuality in general. Not only does it provide links to clinics around the the U.S., but it also provides opportunities for young people to get involved in the issues that matter to them, from writing to Congress to advocate for better sex ed. in schools, to signing up for a local AIDS walk, to writing for the Sexetc. site themselves! This site does a great job of making the connection between individual sexuality and sexual health as a social issue, and I encourage every teen to browse through this site for both information and inspiration.

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