When I was in 5th grade, I had my first dose of sex ed. My class sat helplessly by as our health teacher showed us an animated video that included footage of a boy sitting up in bed and jerking off under the covers. While we watched it, I think I was passing notes that read “Mr. Brown smells like shit,” or some such witticism, because I was just learning about how to wield curse words (I’ve since, obviously, refined my usage) and I had no idea WTF was going on onscreen.
Then in middle school, I vaguely remember a talk about tampons, and in high school, we were shown traumatizing images of herpes sores that I now realize reflected the absolute worst case scenario.
That was the extent of my sex education. It’s a miracle I’m not pregnant without knowing it even as we speak.
Anyway, I assume my experience with sex ed isn’t uncommon, but I didn’t go so far as to ask for anything different. Fortunately, this group of teens from Jamaica Plain in Boston (holla) is a lot more proactive and resourceful than I was, and made a documentary about why they want comprehensive sex education.
The group, led by Samantha Brea of a local organization called the Hyde Square Task Force, is asking the city to provide classes that teach kids about safe sex, in an effort, says one teen boy, to “fight for sex education as part of a fight for health equity.”
The video below from CNN also includes an interview with Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who is shown telling her fellow council members that “some people consider it controversial that we may take action to tackle this issue. Not taking action — now that would be controversial.”