Video: Sex Education in America

August 19, 2015 by Justin Lehmiller


Adolescent sex education is extremely inconsistent throughout the United States. Some kids receive it at school, others don’t–and those who receive formal sex education aren’t necessarily any better off than those who don’t receive it because most states do not even require that sex education be medically accurate! Yep, you read that right. In fact, just 13 states mandate that students be provided with correct information during sex ed. The end result is that far too many teens become sexually active after receiving inaccurate and misleading information or no information at all about sex. In light of this, is it any wonder that rates of STIs and teen pregnancy are much higher in the US than many other industrialized nations? For a revealing (and humorous) look at just how bad the state of sex education is in America, check out the video below from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. It’s well worth every minute of your time. Watch and share widely!

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
Founder & Owner of Sex and Psychology

Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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