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If you could get a present with all the sex ed you wanted, what would be inside? Probably some information about your sexual anatomy that isn't just about where babies come from; something to give you a real sense of all sex can be and what you might want and need to make it feel best and most right for you, like our sexual inventory checklist; what you needed to know about doing consent right, like we've got at Driver's Ed for the Sexual Superhighway. Heck, you might just want to know what sexuality is in the first place.
You'd probably want something that taught you how to create and sustain healthy relationships, and something to help you figure out when it makes sense to try and work through relationship problems, and when it's best to split. You might want something to give your sexual ideals a reality check, something to help you slow sexual things down when they're moving too fast, and a tool to help you decide if you and a partner are ready to get sexual or not in the first place. How about detailed information on how to play it safe -- and what isn't safe -- when it comes to preventing infections or unwanted pregnancy so you could enjoy your sex life with as much joy and as little strife as possible?
You might want to know how to talk with a partner about sex honestly, the basics of sex and gender, how to deal when you're questioning your sexual orientation or gender identity, have pieces about STIs that are meant to really inform you, not scare you, like this one about genital Herpes or this one about HIV/AIDS, and a whole lot more you can find here at the big'ol present you can open, for free, 365 days a year, we call Scarleteen.
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