I have some thoughts on this. My alma mater has a column called Sex on Tuesday http://www.dailycal.org (read it on Tuesday, duh!). The columnist changes every term. This semester, I'd have to say I really like the columnist, Teresa Chin. She speaks frankly on the topic of sex, but does so in a way that is informative and not lewd. Her first column was about food and safer sex -- no whipped cream with condoms! Great start, and her columns have been consistantly great!
The girl (and it's almost always a girl who writes this column for some reason) who wrote last semester's column, Rachel Klein, didn't write nearly as well. Her column did not stress the importance of safer sex methods and read more or less like Letters to Penthouse. Her claim to fame, however, was she posed nude in Playboy for their Girls of the Pac10 issue back in 1999. And apparently posing nude for a soft-core porn mag qualifies you to write a sex ed column. *shrug*
now, as for the article I posted. i can see people getting their knickers in a knot over the columnists like Rachel. She had 500 words in which to give you raunch, and she sure gave it to you. But Teresa, her stuff reads like powdered sugar on a Scarleteen article. While the topic of sex is still taboo, she handles it with maturity. and besides, who is your target audience anyway? College students who are, by and large still clueless about sex, but getting into potentially dangerous situations anyway. The more they know about safety, the better.
My university magazine recently did a sex issue, and I have to say I was pretty impressed with what I found in there as far as safer sex goes. There was a good article about the importance of getting tested, and the importance of not trusting that someone will be okay without the testing.
I don't recall anything warning against whipped cream + condom combinations though.
The sex columns in my school paper have been pretty bad. I remember one that seemed like an outlet for the author to brag about all his crazy sexual exploits. (I did it with two women at once! On satin sheets! It was so good! I am the man!)
We've also had columnists who sometimes deal with sex, and I'm not too keen on them either. One was a gay man, the other a feminist woman. The gay man wrote some article about how being gay is like missing a thumb (hello? it's not a handicap) and the feminist woman liked to talk about how she used her sexiness to take advantage of men. How ...unprogressive. Sorry. Just ranting.
In general, I think it's fine to have sex columns in school papers, if they're educational as opposed to egocentric.
Haha! Aw, Rizzo, I'm sorry you had to read all that! Well, anyway, I think it's a good idea to have sex columns... at least it helps to make sex an easier topic to discuss.
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Maybe the sad part is that I did read it. Although the columns were terrible, editors know that whenever there's a piece about sex, their readership will go up. So I think sometimes the quality suffers.
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