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S-ex E-ducator X-travaganza!

Today, April 6, 2012, I declare Sex- Educator Day! This is a thank you for all that you do to educate and eradicate all of those misconceptions around the most taboo topic: SEX!

Vanessa Geffrard

By Vanessa Geffrard

April 6, 2012

The world needs you! The world revolves around you! The world depends on your extensive, strong, long, and ever-thirsty knowledge of SEX!

Today, April 6, 2012, I declare Sex- Educator Day! This is a thank you for all that you do to educate and eradicate all of those misconceptions around the most taboo topic: SEX!

That’s right, I’m talking to you, sex education teachers, peer educators, facilitators, and all sexual/reproductive health professionals! Today, April 6, 2012, I declare Sex- Educator Day! This is a thank you for all that you do to educate and eradicate all of those misconceptions around the most taboo topic: SEX!

I am thanking you because few others can gracefully withstand the stare of a young person when he or she asks you “How far can a woman ejaculate?” as Genevieve, Healthy Teen Network’s Senior Researcher, was once asked, or regain your composure while a student goes on a rant about her mother’s sex life in front of her 6th grade classmates, as yours truly experienced a little while back.

Your work, tact, and extensive knowledge of sexual health tidbits have withstood the test of time ever since you started giving condom demonstrations at lunch time when you were in high school. There, the journey began when you would lead the crusade to ensure that everyone around you knew how to put on a condom and remind your peers not to leave them in their wallets.

And look at you now—making a difference every day and using every ounce of your creativity to make sex education fun for our young people!

And look at you now—making a difference every day and using every ounce of your creativity to make sex education fun for our young people!

This blog and this day are dedicated to you and your work. The world is a better place because you have dispelled every myth, kept on your game face while you listened to every story and experience, and answered every potentially embarrassing question in hopes of keeping our young people safe from HIV/AIDS, unplanned pregnancy, STIs, and just plain misguided decisions.

Vanessa Geffrard, MPH, previously served as a Training and Technical Associate with Healthy Teen Network. Vanessa is a life affirming sex educator whose mission is to creating new generation of life affirming sex educators, consent and boundaries, body confidence, healthy sexuality, teen pregnancy and abortion stigma, healthy relationships, and LGBTQIA+ inclusion. She has gone on to found VagEsteem™, a platform for sex education for folks looking to understand and build up the “esteem” of and in their vulvas.