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Edgy sex-ed site best suited for mature teens.

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Educator and Parent Written bycgo1 May 27, 2011

Awesome site for youth!

Love this site! Great place for young people to go to get accurate, thorough, thoughtful responses to their questions about sex & sexuality with positive and inclusive messages. Keep up the good work scarleteen!
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Adult Written byDavid Rachel May 27, 2011

I wish my school had told us about it

There are some things that you need to know, but there's no way you're going to ask in a room full of your classmates, and there's no way your parents have ever had sex. Ever. Right? Scarleteen is brilliant, and not only full of really good "sex-ed" information in an unembarrassing way, but also gives good advice about how to navigate relationships (especially when it comes to communicating and keeping things within the boundaries you want). All those things you're curious about but don't want to stick your hand up in class to ask, all those times you feel like your body's all different from the pictures of how it should be, and all those moments when you don't know how to say what you want, or don't want, or what's reasonable to expect - for every moment like that I ever had in my teens, I wish I could go back in time and read Scarleteen.
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Parent Written byNaturax May 27, 2011

Fantastic Resource

Excellent resource for quality information about sexuality. I can't wait for my child to start reading this. There's a lot here that I can learn from too.
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Teen, 14 years old Written byElle124 March 26, 2012

Informative

This site has really helped me learn about the psychological components of sex, and non-intercourse options. My school has a very minimalist sex ed program (ie. the existence of LGBT people is never mentioned, condoms aren't mentioned until 8th grade.) so much of what I've learned about sexual topics has come from here..
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Adult Written bySilca May 27, 2011

A ready and valuable source of information

When I began to hit puberty, my mother sent me a link to Scarleteen as a ready and private source of important information and answers to my emerging questions about my body and sexuality. Although I had ostensibly abstinence-focused health classes in high school, I was lucky enough to have a teacher who believed that students should be able to ask questions about condoms, birth control, and STDs. However, she couldn't answer all questions, and many weren't asked. Over the years, Scarleteen has been an invaluable resource to me as I've grown and developed; it dispelled myths and promoted healthy, loving relationships. The articles have always been inclusive of people of all genders, bodies, sexualities, and shapes, and I really appreciate that.
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Parent Written byAnn Bilbrey May 27, 2011

Non judgmental source of facts

Scarleteen is a fact based source of accurate information about sex. Any kid that comes to me with questions gets sent to Scarleteen as resource. It tells it like it is without judgment. In a world where a kid's "best friend's older sister's cousin" once tried something and thinks everyone has to before they are 16, Scarleteen is a breath of reality. Great resource for kids and many adults!
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Parent Written byAshbet May 27, 2011

I sent my daughter here, and it's been fantastic for both of us

I remember being in sex ed classes as a teenager in the 80's, and wishing that I could ask all the pressing questions about love and relationships and healthy sexual interactions that I really needed to know the answers to -- and being disappointed that the class only focused on the barest mechanics of sex and biology, rather than talking about intimacy or pleasure. (And I was lucky -- I at least DID have sex-ed classes that weren't abstinence-only!) When my daughter was hitting puberty, I sent her to this site, and we've checked in on various articles and discussed some of the topics brought up many times. She's a junior in college now, and we still use Scarleteen as a conversation-starter and a discreet way for her to access the sexual-health and relationship info she'll need as she navigates the waters of late adolescence and adulthood. I love the matter-of-fact, non-shaming tone, the acceptance of all bodies, the explicit inclusion of queer and disabled people, the frank discussion of normal physical differences which can cause alarm in kids (I didn't know for YEARS that my labia were "normal"), and the focus on consent, mutual pleasure, waiting until you're ready, avoiding abuse, dealing with trauma, and modeling healthy behaviors. I appreciate knowing that if my daughter had a question that she felt awkward bringing to me, she could ask a qualified sex educator in private, and I am confident that the answers she'd receive would reflect my values. I support this site with donations because it's an invaluable resource for teens AND adults (parents and non-), and I hope that others will do the same. I very much wish they'd been around when I needed them as a teenager!
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Parent Written bylorid May 27, 2011

Love this sight!

This is a really wonderful site! I would highly encourage any parent to point their children towards it if their child has questions about sexual health or hi or her body. The site has lots of medically accurate information and information that will help kids treat themselves and their potential partners with respect and care, regardless of whether they are sexual active or not. It also has great information about dealing with relationship abuse and avoiding abusive situations.
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Adult Written bySuperMGirl May 27, 2011

Essential!

This site is essential reading for teens (and adults!) to develop knowledge and healthy attitudes about their bodies and sexuality. I especially love the information which helps teens understand and cope with media and peer pressure, and particularly the rape-prevention information for male and female readers which focuses on consent!
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Adult Written byrebecca m May 27, 2011

great site

I went to a school with limited (and abstinence focused) sex ed, and was never comfortable talking to my parents about sex. I learned a lot from this site, and was super-grateful for it throughout college. I'd recommend it even for younger teens-- if they're curious about sex, they're best off getting it from a good source (i.e. not internet porn or cosmo), and the younger they absorb Scarleteen's messages about healthy relationships, and good decision making, as well as simply accurate information about sex, the less they'll have to unlearn and relearn later.
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Teen, 16 years old Written byxheartbeat May 22, 2011

For Teens

I felt a little awkward going to this site since I use a public computer but this is stuff that kids my age need to know and aren't getting it in many places. I could never go to my mother with stuff like this, tmi..