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Overall, do you feel that the presentation of teen/young adult sex and sexuality you see in mainstream media is:

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Submitted by Heather Corinna on Wed, 2011-09-28 13:06
Very accurate: it usually seems to reflect my life and that of my peers well
5% (36 votes)
Pretty accurate: some things seem off, but most seems reflective of current YA life
5% (39 votes)
Scattershot: it seems to get some things really right I see and feel, and other things really wrong
35% (254 votes)
Pretty inaccurate: it usually seems very wrong or cluless, but now and then seems to get something right
32% (234 votes)
Very inaccurate: I usually feel like what it says is totally disconnected from or misrepping my realities and those of my peers
24% (173 votes)
Total votes: 736

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Wed, 2011-09-28 13:10
Heather Corinna

If you do, we'd love to hear you say more about this in the comments!

Sex in the media

Wed, 2011-11-02 23:48
Anonymous

I think the representation of sex in the media is very inaccurate. Females do not always orgasm like they do in hollywood movies!! It is perfectly normal not to orgasm and have multiple screaming orgasms!

scarlet

Thu, 2011-11-03 07:08
Anonymous

I would certainly include Scarleteen in the totally innacurate category! This site pushes an ideology that is not evidence based. Two kinds of sex ed to avoid 'just say no' type and the 'whatever you feel comfortable with kind' both are ideological nonsense! Scarleteen is the latter. By the way who pays for Scarleteen?

Scarleteen is independent

Tue, 2011-11-08 10:01
Heather Corinna

Scarleteen is independent media, not mainstream media.

I disagree that all sex education can fit into those two poles or binaries, but by all means, if we were forced to choose just one of those two options, we'd likely fit better into the latter rather than the former. However, even that is a poor fit, as our content on consent and sexual/relationship abuse/assault, sexual health issues and other topics makes very clear. If all we had to offer was "whatever you feel comfortable with," it'd be mighty silly for us to have the thousands of pages of content that we do and to invest the kind of time we have into providing what we do over the last 13+ years, don't you think?

What we do is actually fact-based here, both on the scientific study of sexuality and sexual health, and based on what we can glean from the many, many users we speak with in-depth; and the information we glean from them typically tends to square with what you'll see in formal studies of teen and young adult sex and sexuality when you read them. What we do is also in alignment with sex education standards put forth by organizations/groups like SIECUS and the UN who absolutely do exhaustive reviews of sound study -- the evidence you're seeking -- in establishing their guidelines.

Scarleteen is primarily supported by private donations: we do not and have never received or sought any federal, state or other public funding.

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