People assume that parents or schools are going to be where you first learn about sex...but that hardly ever seems to be the case. When I was 11 I had many slightly older online friends thanks to a Pokemon forum (ha) who thoroughly corrupted me. By age 13 I was giggling at goatse, by age 14 I was the resident sex guru - before taking any official sex ed class. And I don't mean the kid who spreads misinformation about sex - I really knew what I was talking about. It was this fascinating area to me, and I couldn't stop reading every sex information and sex advice thing I could find online. I wanted to understand as much about it as possible in a scientific way - it didn't even cross my mind to start trying things out on a practical level for a few more years. It was just another topic to learn, just like history or biology. I didn't even quite understand how taboo it was in America.
I take great pride in that my Sexpert status has stayed with me - I still have people coming to me with their random questions.
Where did you first learn about sex? And how the hell is it that I somehow thoroughly educated myself using the internet, but your average American teen uses the internet just to learn stupid rumors (can't get pregnant on your period, etc)? Kids these days. Get off my lawn, etc.
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