10.23.15 | Julie Zeilinger
"There is no way we'd allow any other academic program to consistently fail to prepare students for life after school," Last Week Tonight host John Oliver said in August of sex education in the United States. "And human sexuality, unlike calculus, is something you actually need to know about for the rest of your life."
But not only does our country fail to educate young people about sex — only 22 states and the District of Columbia require comprehensive sex education, and abstinence-only sex education has been proven ineffective — our culture also frequently perpetuates damaging lies and myths about the basic human act. What's more, these lies are often disproportionately and uniquely disseminated to young women.
These are some of the worst lies we need to stop telling girls about sex, according to the young women who've heard them.