No hanky panky, just survey results!
Two weeks ago I asked the Vingle community to take a survey about their education when it comes to love (and yes, sex). First of all I'd like to say thank you to everyone who answered the survey questions!!! That was really cool of all of you. Now let's see what everyone had to say!!!
Where did Vinglers PRIMARILY learn about relationships?
Seems like a lot of us learned from our friends!
That wasn't a huge surprise. When I was growing up my peers and I shared a lot of information (some of it was even correct!) and their influence really meant a lot to me. My parents weren't comfortable talking to me about relationships, but they did give me a book! Everyone in the Vingle survey mentioned that they also had a sex-ed class, which suggests that the class didn't focus on relationships. That was my experience as well. Kind of sad in hindsight!
What did you learn about in health/sex-ed?
A lot about STIs and pregnancy!
Which is definitely good. Nobody needs a sexually transmitted infection, and it's really important to be knowledgeable so that you can choose when (and if) you become pregnant! It is kind of sad that nobody learned about nonsexual ways to show someone you care about them, or how to make new friends. I know it seems like it's intuitive for some people, but I would have really liked to know!
Do you wish you had learned more about relationships from your health/sex ed class?
And it looks like I wasn't alone!
Relationships can be really tricky to navigate. We have so many expectations and a little guidance might have been nice. (Whether or not I would have trusted my teachers to give it is another matter...)
Looking back, what do you wish you had learned?
Those are really great suggestions!
I didn't learn about any of that when I was a young person. And if I'm being totally honest, there's one or two things on there that I'm still developing intelligence about today.
What do you think?
Is this the kind of stuff you wish more people learned about in sex-ed and health classes? Is there anything else that we didn't mention?