Today we're happy to post a guest post from ISIS intern Arlillian " NuNu " Davis of Youth Uprising:
So it's been asked time and time again, "What stops youth from attending
conferences about sex?"
The typical answers you may get are: "because...they're boring”, "nobody wants
to hear statistics", or someone may even say "because it doesn't work". People
have a hard time doing things that they HAVE to do; wouldn't life be easier if
everything was something you WANTED to do? So let's make teens want to
have safe sex.
7 out of 10 Sex Ed courses are offered in school. This is effective because it is
needed based in National and community based statistics, but the only thing that
the young people get out of it are condoms and grossed out pictures. Of course
that doesn’t work.
After conducting interviews with youth on Facebook, I found that they want to
know the positive things about sex. They want relationship advice and most of
all, they want to be kept engaged and not bored.
Here are a few things they said:
"My sex teacher told me that we should masturbate because that’s the safest
sex, and then he turned around and said it lowers the sperm count. Maybe he
should have kept the second part to himself."
“Sex Ed was mad boring in school I only did it to get out of science but they
talked, they gave us condoms and left , I don't think that was very helpful. "
“It’s all in the delivery and how it comes across to us. If everyone tells you sex
is bad you're going to stop listening eventually especially when they get into the
“If we would've had activities or something I probably wouldn't have gone to
sleep. I'm a hand on type of girl.”
Youth want to be told about safe sex. They like information and they need
resources, but if the delivery of embarrassing information isn't strong you'll lose
“If this Sex::Tech conference is fun and resourceful I'll definitely go to the next
In conclusion, it’s clear that youth want positive information about sex and not
- Arlillian " NuNu " Davis
20 years old