So you know the old condom and banana sex ed move that we all laugh at as being a little ridiculous? Turns out a lot of students aren't even getting that, because according to Cosmo, most schools in the U.S. aren't getting a crucial component of sex ed: how to obtain and how to use condoms". Yikes. And it comes from a really legitimate source. The Center For Disease Control reported that only 27 percent of school teach children how to get condoms and only 23 percent teach them how to put a condom on correctly. And seeing as putting on a condom has a huge impact on its effectiveness, it's a real problem. But don't worry, as Cosmo points out a whopping 73 percent teach students the "benefits of being sexually abstinent." Seriously? I mean it's fine if you want to abstain from sex, but not everyone wants to. And they need to know how to use condoms.
And it needs to happen in schools. It's so basic. And because you can't always get it at home— not all parents have the sex talk, even though studies show it reduces risky behavior. I remember explaining how condoms worked to my little brother, because he was starting to have sex and had no idea how to get one when we lived in a town of 250 people with only one store that was run by family friends. To think today's teens can just order them online, rather than driving to the Walmart four towns away to buy a jumbo pack, running into your science teacher, and pretending you're buying them for a buoyancy experiment. (Spoiler: He did not believe me.)
So what are we seeing in the real world? I asked actual people how they really learned how to use condoms, and it seems like we're sort of picking it up as we go along:
1. Zoe, 28
2. Kat, 27
3. Summer, 25
4. Bobby, 26
5. Lynne, 30
Those pamphlets they give out at Planned Parenthood, with the cartoons — they used to give those out when they gave you condoms, maybe they still do.
10. Leo, 29
11. Kelly, 28
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