Sex education is a tricky topic. It's probably the one subject we wouldn’t mind studying for, yet, in school, we barely learn anything. And those slide shows and charts don’t really teach you much except for a) giving you sterile statistics, b) explaining how the reproductive system works, and/or c) showing you graphic slides of STDs (scare tactics are so 1974). That’s all fine and dandy, but this is stuff we can learn by looking up “Sex” in Wikipedia, which is why we’re grateful for the Midwest Teen Sex Show -- a monthly video podcast that is funny, informative and answers all those questions you were too embarrassed to ask. From boobs to orgasms to condoms, the MTSS unflinchingly covers all the bases in a totally frank and hilarious way. It's sex education in sketch comedy format.
Nikol Hasler is one of the writers and host of the show. Her deadpan delivery of lines like, “We know you care about the environment, but recycling does not apply to condoms” are killer. I Heart Daily sat down with Nikol to ask her a few questions about, what else? Sex.
What do you think of state of sex education? Everyone is willing to admit that teaching abstinence-only doesn’t work. There is a push towards comprehensive, but that means charts and graphs and saying if you have sex your penis is going to fall off, or if you have sex you’re going to get pregnant. So, there has to be some sort of balance that we have to strike. If teens are able to ask a question about long division, they should be able to ask you a question about their bodies.
Do girls and boys ask different kinds of questions? Girls ask a lot of relationship questions. If it’s a question about their bodies, it tends to be about body image. They also ask about how to talk about their parents about sex—boys don’t ask that. Boys have some pretty standard questions. They all want to know if they can make their penis bigger. What are some common questions you get asked? I can’t even count the number of emails I’ve gotten that start out, “My friends and I were having an argument today, and I want to know...can you get pregnant from giving oral sex?” A lot of bad information gets spread through friends.
What advice would you give to kids who do want to talk to their parents about sex? I don’t know their individual situations, so it’s hard to say, but I tell them to approach their parents in a professional, educated way. If they are mature in how they are asking a question, it shows they’ve put thought into it.
What do you say to girls who say their boyfriend doesn’t want to use a condom? My advice is to find a boyfriend who does.