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Odd that the main moral woe-criers on abortion are also the people who have done most to block proper birth control and starve research and education about it of funds.
The Joy of Sex (1972)
Nothing freaks me out/pisses me off more than abstinence-only education. Basically, it’s the most naive form of sex education you can get: Sex is bad, don’t have it until you’re married, contraception doesn’t work. Somehow educators think this will convince kids to not have sex. Compare that to comprehensive sex education that teaches abstinence but also makes sure that teens have medically correct information about contraception, STDs, and the like. It’s reality-based sex ed that understands that no matter how many scare tactics you throw at people, they’re still going to do what they want.
Jessica Valenti, Full Frontal Feminism (via angrywomenoftumblr)

It took me 18 years to learn that sex could be on my own terms.

Until then, my sex ed. had been standard: condoms, babies and birth control. Oh, and that video of a woman giving birth. I learned then that sex was something I would submit to, and probably not enjoy. And it would probably happen on someone else’s terms, because women don’t make the terms in sex ed. I also learned that women who didn’t follow those rules would be punished. I would be a slut. I would be without safety and without support.

It’s no surprise that that education didn’t get me far. Hell, I’m more surprised that I made it out alive and am standing right here, right now, in front of all of you. Because nobody in sex ed. told me how to ask for sex, or that I could. Nobody told me I had sexual rights. Nobody told me I deserved safety. And nobody told me about consent.

Consent is a powerful concept for our world, especially as it continues to struggle with victim-blaming, sexual assault, and misogyny. Because consent gets all of us talking about sex. To our partners. To ourselves. A world built on consent: no silence and no shame. One free from violence and coercion. One based in autonomy, respect, and power. A world where “no” is respected, and – more importantly – “yes” comes without consequences. Consent liberates us. It gives us a voice. A world built on consent is built on our terms. On our voices.

We’re all here today because we know our voices are important. We’re all here because we can’t sit down and be quiet. Because our voices are important and they need to be heard. Because we should be able to live on our terms.

Carmen Rios, SlutWalk D.C.  (via consentual)
The clitoris is pure in purpose. It is the only organ in the body designed purely for pleasure. The clitoris is simply a bundle of nerves: 8000 nerve fibres, to be precise. That’s a higher concentration of nerve fibres than is found anywhere else in the body, including the fingertips, lips, and tongue, and it is twice the number in the penis. Who needs a handgun when you’ve got a semiautomatic.
Natalie Angier, Woman: An Intimate Geography (via tigersmilk)
Saying sex can come with a consequence implies that its something bad. Its neutral, like eating; sometimes bad things happen (food poisoning? Choking?), but that shouldn’t mean that everyone needs to abstain from eating.
Unfriendlyatheist in an answer to thel0stb0ys. (via propaganda-for-life)
If we give your daughters and granddaughters access to birth control they will instantly turn into wanton harlots with an insatiable sexual appetite. Because you know women are always on the edge of nymphomaniacal orgiastic abandon! They will pick up the prescription, pop a pill, then bone the pharmacist, the stock boy, and everyone in line for the bus. Why? Because birth control was paid for by the government.
Stephen Colbert (I CAN’T. I AM DYING RIGHT NOW.)
[W]hen you teach adults and children sex-negative messages, sex becomes an undifferentiated mass of “wrong.” If all sex is wrong, then why try to tease out good from bad, pleasurable from painful? When students are taught not to think about sex, they aren’t going to spend any time determining what they do and don’t want, or what they might be interested in. Of course, they’re going to have sex eventually, but when it happens will they be able to communicate at all through the veil of guilt, shame, and self-loathing that sex negativity encourage?
Fear As Contraception

So we should have teens live in fear rather than have the facts and access to effective and affordable contraception? I don’t think so. Teens should be able to be open with their parents about sex, but programs and teachers like this are prohibiting that from happening. This is from the creator of the Sex Respect abstinence-only program and it can be found on their website.