Girls often get mixed messages from the media and their peers when it comes to clothing and behavior. The bottom line is you have the right to dress in a way that makes you happy without the fear of judgment or harassment.  

Girls often get mixed messages from the media and their peers when it comes to clothing and behavior. The bottom line is you have the right to dress in a way that makes you happy without the fear of judgment or harassment.  

The Peer Advocates are a group of high school students who are trained by health educators at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles to serve as resources for sexual and reproductive health information in their schools and communities.

We asked the Peer Advocates about the most common misconceptions of teens and what they would like people to know about them. Here is what they said!

Today’s Fact Friday will discuss the common questions “How many partners are too many?” “How many partners are too few?”
 There is no magic number! These are really questions that have to do with a person’s own values.  People choose to have sex with their partners for different reasons.
 We aren’t here to judge people, and it’s not really fair to judge others. The team here at Keep it Real Keep it 100 is here to provide you with information so you can make healthy, safe decisions that are right for you!
 If a person wants to reduce the risk of STDs and unintended pregnancy, they should communicate with their partner, use protection, and get tested regularly. Limiting the number of partners someone has may also help to reduce the risk of STDs. 

Today’s Fact Friday will discuss the common questions “How many partners are too many?” “How many partners are too few?”

 There is no magic number! These are really questions that have to do with a person’s own values.  People choose to have sex with their partners for different reasons.

 We aren’t here to judge people, and it’s not really fair to judge others. The team here at Keep it Real Keep it 100 is here to provide you with information so you can make healthy, safe decisions that are right for you!

 If a person wants to reduce the risk of STDs and unintended pregnancy, they should communicate with their partner, use protection, and get tested regularly. Limiting the number of partners someone has may also help to reduce the risk of STDs. 

Taking care of your sexual health helps takes work, but you can do it! You are strong! Talking about safer sex can strengthen your relationship because you are sharing what is important to you and working together to create a plan, whether that means waiting to have sex or practicing safer sex. 
When you are take care of your and your partner’s health it shows love and respect. And using safer sex methods like condoms and birth control shows maturity and responsibility. Go you! 

Taking care of your sexual health helps takes work, but you can do it! You are strong! Talking about safer sex can strengthen your relationship because you are sharing what is important to you and working together to create a plan, whether that means waiting to have sex or practicing safer sex.

When you are take care of your and your partner’s health it shows love and respect. And using safer sex methods like condoms and birth control shows maturity and responsibility. Go you! 

Can someone please tell em’ WHERE THE PLAN B IS?!

 Yes Nicki we’ll tell em! Plan B, also known as Emergency Contraceptive, can help prevent pregnancy if a condom breaks or a couple didn’t use a condom.  It works best when taken as soon as possible within the first 5 days.

 Plan B is available at Planned Parenthood or over the counter at pharmacies for people of all ages. 

In today’s Fact Friday we will answer the question “What is virginity?” 
Virginity can mean different things to different people. We’ve heard a lot of people think virginity means that someone has not had vaginal sex. But why is vaginal sex the only sex that matters when it comes to virginity? Even if someone has other types of sex, like oral or anal sex, they may choose to never have vaginal sex. Does that mean they are virgins forever? No, of course not. This is because virginity is an idea, not a biological fact.  
There is nothing about our bodies that can “prove” whether or not someone has had vaginal, oral, or anal sex. Some people think the hymen is a test of virginity. This is not true for a couple of reasons.
1) The hymen is not a solid piece of skin that stretches across the vaginal canal, The hymen is actually a round piece of skin that slightly extends from the vaginal walls, with an opening in the middle.  
2) Not everyone is born with a hymen, or it stretches before that person has any sexual activity.
A word that might be more helpful is abstinence. Abstinence means someone is making the conscious decision not to have oral, vaginal, or anal intercourse. Abstinence is the only 100% effective method to prevent pregnancy and the best method to prevent STDs. And someone can choose to be abstinent even if they have had sex before. Anytime someone chooses not to have sex, they have chosen to be abstinent.

In today’s Fact Friday we will answer the question “What is virginity?”

Virginity can mean different things to different people. We’ve heard a lot of people think virginity means that someone has not had vaginal sex. But why is vaginal sex the only sex that matters when it comes to virginity? Even if someone has other types of sex, like oral or anal sex, they may choose to never have vaginal sex. Does that mean they are virgins forever? No, of course not. This is because virginity is an idea, not a biological fact.  

There is nothing about our bodies that can “prove” whether or not someone has had vaginal, oral, or anal sex. Some people think the hymen is a test of virginity. This is not true for a couple of reasons.

1) The hymen is not a solid piece of skin that stretches across the vaginal canal, The hymen is actually a round piece of skin that slightly extends from the vaginal walls, with an opening in the middle. 

2) Not everyone is born with a hymen, or it stretches before that person has any sexual activity.

A word that might be more helpful is abstinence. Abstinence means someone is making the conscious decision not to have oral, vaginal, or anal intercourse. Abstinence is the only 100% effective method to prevent pregnancy and the best method to prevent STDs. And someone can choose to be abstinent even if they have had sex before. Anytime someone chooses not to have sex, they have chosen to be abstinent.

ryansallans:

Meet Chelsea Fietsgodin, The First Transgender BMX Rider.
The BMX community is not renowned for it’s open mindedness. While the outside world has spent the last few years grappling with gay football players and gay-friendly presidents, the conversation has yet to trickle down into BMX. And that’s too bad. We all like to think of ourselves as part of an open minded, progressive community but I doubt it seems that way to a confused kid on the outside looking in.
Read the rest of the article (which explores the lack of acceptance that transgender athletes face in the BMX community) here. 

ryansallans:

Meet Chelsea Fietsgodin, The First Transgender BMX Rider.

The BMX community is not renowned for it’s open mindedness. While the outside world has spent the last few years grappling with gay football players and gay-friendly presidents, the conversation has yet to trickle down into BMX. And that’s too bad. We all like to think of ourselves as part of an open minded, progressive community but I doubt it seems that way to a confused kid on the outside looking in.

Read the rest of the article (which explores the lack of acceptance that transgender athletes face in the BMX community) here