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Ikeren
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In another thread, Miz Scarlet said something that interests me and I'd like to discuss here.

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I think I've mentioned this before, but nearly EVERY sort of sex education anything -- websites, books, films, you name it -- is almost always overwhelmingly female per its users and consumers. Sexual entertainment anything has almost exactly the opposite demographic.

I don't have exact numbers for us, but over the years, I'd estimate at Scarleteen is probably about 85-90% female in its userbase.

I can believe, it, certainly. I am kind of curious...what is the explanation for this? I don't think it is school related education - from what I've heard from my female friends, it is absolutely useless. And having gone through the system myself, I'll say that in Ontario, the male sex-ed curriculum is simlarily useless.

So why is it? Why do women appear to care so much about sex ed, while men so little? My best guess is one word: "Pregnacy", but I don't think that accounts for such astounding number differences.

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KittenGoddess
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Rice, R.E. (2006). Influences, usage, and outcomes of Internet health information searching: Multivariate results from the Pew surveys. Internation Journal of Medical Informatics, 75(1), 8-28.

That's the first article that comes to mind when talking about how gender influences information seeking regarding health care topics. While that article does not focus completely on sex ed infromation, one of the findings of that research was that being female is a heavy predictor of seeking out health information on the internet.

Frankly, why shouldn't women be concerned with sex ed? I mean, the overall risks for women are incredibly higher than they are for men (if we are talking about heterosexual sex). The consequences of sex are incredibly high, as are the pressures to be sexually active (whether they want to or not). Pregnancy for most young women is terrifying, because of the lack of resources available to them if they do become pregnant, because of the ridicule, because of the continued punishment for that. Diseases are also a huge concern...many diseases can have many long term, serious consequences for women that they do not have for men. Take HPV for example...cervical cancer is no joke.

Everybody should be concerned about having accurate access to information about sexual health. And everybody should be proactively seeking that information. But when it comes down to it, the risks and the punishments are so much higher for women, that it's not a surprise that most of our user base, and the user base for all sexual health info, is overwhelmingly female.

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Ikeren
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I suppose that makes sense. I'll look up that cited resource too - thanks!

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