Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Great Website on Sexuality for Teens

Through my professional organization SAHM (Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine) I rediscovered a wonderful website today.  It's called Scarleteen and can be explored here.

One of the most widely visited websites for people from 15-25, Scarleteen has been recognized by all the big whigs: SIECUS, UNICEF, Planned Parenthood, The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, Family Health International, Advocates for Youth, the International Association for Adolescent Health, The Boston Women's Health Collective, The Society for the Scientific Study of name a few.   That means that your parents, teachers, clergy, doctors, and friends will hopefully recognize that this is a really good, reliable safe place to get answers to all those questions that need private, authoritative and comprehensible answers.

To test it out I asked "the website" about a problem that I saw in my office recently.  Namely, what to do about the ingrown hairs and irritation that results from shaving pubic hair.   After many enlightening paragraphs about the physical risks (low but real) and the nuisance factor (once you start shaving,,,,,) the blog got down to the issue of "who or what is really making you want to remove your pubic hair in the first place?"  Here is some of the advice (italics mine):
Just like the hair on our heads, if you want to try shaving it, it's not like you have to commit to doing that from here on out. You can always try it and see how and if it works for you, and how you feel about it. If you find you like it, then you can stick with it for as long as you like. If you find you don't, you can ditch messing with that hair entirely or try something else, like trimming or waxing. I'd just encourage you to make these choices, like any with your appearance, based on what you want and what feels like the most authentic expression of who you are, rather than what someone else wants you to look like or who someone else wants you to be.
Once you or anyone in your family logs on I think you will be tempted to buy their book S.E.X. by Heather Corinna (2007)which covers everything from STIs to sexual orientation, to co-habitation, to clitoris, to penis length, to misogyny, rape, orgasm and more and more.  Endorsed by big names in sex ed for teens,  I know I want this book on my own bookshelf and will refer patients often for reliable, relatable information. 


  1. Sex education is important for the youth, and it stands as an agent for facts, not as a motivator for teens to be sexually-active. Ignorance can lead to unwanted pregnancies and diseases.

  2. Nowadays, most teens engage in pre-marital sex. As a Catholic, I think it's not good but I don't blame anyone about it. Educating the teens will probably help.

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