The Midwest Teen Sex Show

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Edgy video sex-ed site has VERY frank content.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

The content is very "in your face." While it encourages safe sex and sex education, it clearly uses shock value to get people's attention. Though, as the site's About Us section says, it isn't encouraging teen sex -- it's encouraging "a discussion of teen sex."

Violence

A video about fetishes features some pretend hitting.

Sex

Sex is everywhere, and topics discussed include fetishes, oral sex, and more. Videos feature both male-female and same-sex couples.

Language

The language is somewhat inconsistent. One skit uses the word "bitch" twice -- but bleeps out the word "s--t." Body-part words (like "vagina") are used frequently and frankly, as are sexual slang terms like "get off."

Consumerism

An online store sells branded T-shirts; other ads link to a computer store and a sex education course. The videos are also followed by ads.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Blog posts include references to drinking and drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this site shows very graphic videos about sexual practices -- many of which aren't even marginally appropriate for younger teens. In fact, a disclaimer before some videos suggests that teens under 18 get parental permission before watching (which may be why some users who post comments in the site's discussion section are in their 30s). The site discusses various approaches to sex ed, from abstinence to promoting safe sex. As shocking as some of the material is, the site espouses the philosophy that since kids are having sex, it needs to be talked about.

User Reviews

Parent of a 17 year old Written bysap October 10, 2010
Parent of a 4, 6, 9, 10, 12, and 15 year old Written byNerdy_Mamma January 28, 2010
Teen, 14 years old Written byMikaylaaMadisonn August 2, 2009
Good information.
Teen, 13 years old Written bykossu August 13, 2009
yeah.....

What's it about?

MIDWESTTEENSEXSHOW.COM wants the content on its site to spark a frank discussion about sex -- and, as a result, its content is pretty frank. The site tackles topics including fetishes, oral sex, and abstinence via videos starring a regular group of actors (who play both same-sex and male-female couples). A new video is posted about once a month. The site also has a section featuring news about topics like birth control and a discussion section in which members of the site's crew pose questions via video. Users respond by posting comments.

Is it any good?

Some parents will undoubtedly be uncomfortable with the site's no-holds-barred, humor-infused videos -- in the clip about fetishes, for example, a husband leaves his wife suspended in bondage gear for two days; and in a video about the topic of pornography, the narrator jokingly suggests that you hide your porn "in your aunt's vagina; nobody will look there."

The site, which manages to be informative while also being interesting, aims to defuse the potentially controversial nature of its subject with humor -- these topics are, after all, considered taboo by many people. And the videos will definitely hold teens' attention and give them a fresh look at sex ed. It's up to parents to determine whether or not their teen is ready for the content. For a tamer take on topics like puberty and dating, try PBS Kids' It's My Life.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it's important to talk about subjects like sex, even if it can be uncomfortable. Families need to be clear about their values around sexual activity. Teens: If you try to talk to your parents about sex, are they going to automatically assume you're having it? Or is it OK to ask questions about the things you don't understand? Parents: When talking with your teens about whether or not they can visit this site, use the opportunity to discuss your own values about the topic.

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