The term "sexuality" can be used a lot like the word "sex." They're both terms we say and hear a lot, but which often aren't clearly defined. We take for granted everyone knows what sexuality means, a heck of an assumption to make with something that covers so many important things and can feel as murky as Lake Erie. So: what's it all about?
Most of us understand being in transit means there's a possibility of getting hurt, hurting others, having a good time turn into a bad one or just not getting to where we intended, and to try and prevent those outcomes, we need to follow basic rules of the road like being attentive to and actively giving clear signs and signals. Just like it's important on the road, it's important between the sheets.
Usually sexual anatomy is taught through the lens of reproduction, so it’s all about penises and vaginas, testes and uteri. But through the lens of of pleasure and sexual response, sexual anatomy looks a lot different.
Being a lesbian in a conservative high school is isolating even when you feel confident in your own sexual orientation. Scarleteen users support each other and brainstorm ways to make the school environment safe and more LGBTQ friendly.
Our volunteer Joey muses over gender norms and heteronormative structures in non-heterosexual relationships. Read her and our other users thoughts on the subject and feel free to add your own thoughts or experiences.
For those of you who are out to your friends and/or relatives: how did they react when you told them you were gay/lesbian/bi/trans/whatever? Were they cool with it, did they freak out, did they ask questions? How did you feel after you'd told them? Here's a place where you can talk about it.