S.L.U.T or in prettier words, Sexually Liberated Urban Teenager is something we hear everyday, in media, the playground and everyday life. However, in high school, not a lot of people see sexual liberation as a positive thing. Instead ‘slut’ is a term typically directed at women who decide they want to get their groove on.
Now, before we start thinking of sluts, having sex is okay. Having sex with anyone you like is also okay. But there are some vital things to consider if you choose to have sex.
USE A CONDOM!!!
I cannot stress the importance of this enough. Condoms can be uncomfortable and uncool, but you know what else can be uncomfortable? Chlamydia. Condoms are great and come in different flavours and styles, so get out there and experiment; you can find all different brands for all your sex needs.
Other forms of protection
For women it’s a bit easier, there are many different forms of contraception to use, such as the pill, the IUD and ‘the rod’. Mistakes happen, condoms break, you forget to use one, it’s all okay, but better safe than sorry!
If you’re a woman in NSW, you are able to get your own Medicare card at 16, so if you feel as though you cannot talk to your parents about contraception, see a doctor and they can take you through your options.
If you’re a dude, make sure you communicate with your partner about what form of protection they’re on. Also, there is always the ‘morning after pill’ that anyone can get over the counter at your local pharmacy.
Sex is awkward, especially when you’re inexperienced. It’s confusing, and movies and porn have painted a pretty weird picture of what it’s supposed to be like.
Remember, it’s weird for everyone, everyone is different and that usually means that every sexual experience you have will be different. Don’t be afraid to mix it up, and know that it’s okay to take it slow; whatever you’re comfortable with is fine.
(Try to) have sex in a safe environment
I know it’s hard when you’re young to have sex in a bed and the comfort of your own home, but if you think about what’s more comfortable: stick and bark stuck to your butt from an impromptu park adventure, or a comfortable mattress. I know where I stand…
But lastly, remember that high school is not forever, and there will always be people out there that support you and your decisions. If people can’t accept you for who you are, then stuff them; you’ve got better things to do than to deal with people that cannot accept sexual liberation.