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Women's History Blog-a-thon: Hardest Thing About Being A Female

Personally, one of the hardest things about being a female is the shaming that comes with "sex ed" knowledge. I mean, sexual education -- learning about sexual awareness and safety. 

I went to schools that didn't teach kids about the "birds and the bees" and that was also a conversation that never came up at home. I realized that I wasn't the only one who didn't know that much and believed the inaccurate "knowledge" that my peers had. It's also unfortunate that many teens have unplanned pregnancies or sexually transmitted infections because they're not taught how to properly take care of their bodies! 

Most teens enter college without comprehensive sex ed knowledge. Seeing this encouraged me to be informed and become an advocate of comprehensive sex ed in schools. It's been a topic that I've been very passionate about. I was even a Healthy Sexuality Peer Educator on campus and have become the go-to person among my peers for accurate information on STIs or basic sex ed. 

I'm not bothered, I love teaching my peers about taking care of their bodies. Everybody has to! 

It's not always acceptable, I suppose. There have been times where people shame me for being interested in the topic itself. They assume that because I have an extensive knowledge on this topic, I must be a promiscuous woman. On the contrary, knowing this information doesn't make me like that. I'm still me, the person I want to be. It's only hard for others to accept. 

I get it, some people aren't comfortable discussing sex ed. Hey, that's okay. You don't have to talk about it or proclaim your love for it, but I do believe that you have to be informed. 

I'm proud of the role I've held as a peer educator, a FEMALE peer educator. The shaming is a hard thing to face, but I don't care. I know about something that is relevant for everyone. 

They can call me promiscuous for being passionate about sex ed, or whatever harsh words they want. 

The backlash is a hard thing to deal with, but that's not stopping me from being the better informed one. 

Stay educated! 

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Comment by Linda Maria Vasquez on March 6, 2013 at 5:51pm

Thanks :) It's all about reaching out to students!

Comment by Ashley Steel on March 6, 2013 at 11:52am

Thanks Linda! I appreciate the work that you do as a Healthy Sexuality Peer Educator. Your ability to endure through the backlash helps to create a safer campus, which as a UT student I appreciate, and also helps stop the perpetuating cycle of ignorance surrounding this traditionally taboo topic. 


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