Sex ed already comes with enough confusing and uncomfortable anatomy lessons, so when students share their misconceptions about sex it only serves to heighten the tension (no, not that kid, perv). Since most sex ed courses encourage an open discussion, sex ed teachers often hear of some crazy misunderstandings about sex. Obviously many students, stuck in the uncertain thralls of puberty, entertain all sorts of strange notions about sex, and it's not as if sex ed videos make their quest for knowledge any easier. Outrageous myths about sex can stem from a student's lack of experience or exposure, or from a friend's terribly misguided advice. Rather than asking their sex ed teacher awkward questions, some students would prefer to put their faith in cellophane condoms and "pull out and pray" methods.
Collected below lie some of the funniest misconceptions put forth in sex ed class. While some of these stories get quite funny, many of these sex misconceptions actually highlight the real dangers of inadequate sexual education. And teachers themselves remain just as prone to putting the wrong information out there, so educators, listen up! When put together as a whole, these sex ed testimonials make a good case for a universal standard for sex education, and not the "abstinence only" kind.
If You Don't Use It, You Lose It
"One young lady approached me in the hallway, obviously scared. After getting her to calm down, she asked me if it were true that vaginas begin rotting if 'unused,' in a sexual sense, for too long. Needless to say, I also had a talk with the young man who had been pursuing her through some less than savory means."
What It Means To Be 'Sexually Active'
"I worked with a group of teen girls, several who had babies by the time they were 14. The school nurse visited class for the sex ed talk. She talked repeatedly about the need for birth control if you're 'sexually active.' The nurse visited me a few days later because one of my students had requested birth control.
'But you said you weren't sexually active,' she said to the young lady. My student responded, 'I'm not. He's the one doing all the moving!'
Now when we discuss being 'sexually active' I make the universal symbol for coitus (make circle with with left hand index finger and thumb, insert right hand index finger)."
What Condoms Do
"I'm not a sex ed teacher but a peer health educator at my school (we're that group that hands out condoms and post up random sex facts around campus). During one of our events there was a group of girls, freshmen, who could not be convinced that condoms helped prevent STDs. Or pregnancy. When I asked them what they thought a condom could possibly be for then, one of them said, 'To enhance the girl's pleasure...'
I like to think I prevented at least one of them from contracting a disease. Or a fetus. Or both."
Taste The Rainbow And You Don't Get Pregnant
"My sister is a sex ed teacher. Apparently a belief that more than a few students have is that yellow skittles can act as birth control."