Sex: A Book for Teens: An Uncensored Guide to Your Body, Sex, and Safety
Guidelines for Teens: Thinking About Sexuality and Sexual Activity
All teens have sexual lives, whether with others or through fantasies. An important part of adolescence is thinking about and experimenting with aspects of your sexuality. This will help you to grow and discover who you are. An important part of your sexuality is physical changes your body goes through, for example, puberty, which includes the onset of the first menstrual period for girls, and the first emission of semen for boys. Because of changes in nutrition, these changes in your bodies occur at earlier ages than they did for your parents. Many teens are physically ready for sexual activity before they are emotionally ready.
Instead, the first thing I do is establish ground rules. Only then can we get to work. In the back corner of my classroom is an old shoebox with a hole cut into the top of it. Next to the box are scraps of paper and some pencils. This is the Question Box, a place where kids can drop any question they have about human sexuality.
Erica Smith is a sexuality educator with an M. For most of her career, she has worked with young women and queer and trans youth in the juvenile justice system. She offers sex education, commentary, private sessions, and support through Instagram. Erica believes that access to compassionate, evidence-based, comprehensive sexuality education is a key component to social justice.