A recent thread on Reddit asked people for the most ridiculously inaccurate things they’d ever heard anyone say about sex ed. Here are 16 of the worst misconceptions about the female body, taken from the responses.
1. My mum used to work in a clinic. While working there, she saw a young overweight couple who had been trying to have a baby for months but with no success.
The woman offered to show my mum her ‘hole’ as she put it, and before my mum could refuse she whipped up her top and spread her belly button. My mum said it took all her strength to not laugh. (submitted by Clincher-h)
2. My sex ed teacher in high school told us stories about a female student she had a long time ago. The student got pregnant and was freaking out because she had apparently been taking birth control. Later, the girl mentioned she had been taking her birth control pills vaginally. (submitted by Ether165)
3. I can remember a girl in my class asking if swallowing semen was “negative calories”. Apparently, her boyfriend was one smooth mother f****r. (submitted for free)
4. My roommate’s freshman year of college had no idea that women could orgasm. He had no idea why a woman would be enjoying sex. (abhikavi)
5. Back in eighth grade, I saw a girl crying in the lady’s room. I walked over and asked her what was wrong, and she told me that she was bleeding down there and she legitimately thought that she had internal damage and was dying. (HelloMrHandsome)
6. In my 7th-grade sex-ed class, a fellow student asked if a girl could get pregnant from swallowing semen. (submitted by ramfan6695)
7. My sister is a Sex Ed teacher.
Apparently, a belief that more than a few students have is that yellow skittles can act as birth control. (submitted by caseyuer)
8. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo from 2009-to 2011 and taught sex ed. One time we had a Q&A session with the junior and senior high kids and the best question I got was, from a 15-year-old boy: “If you have sex with a girl on her period, will you become a hunchback?'” (submitted by asrama)
9. Our school doesn’t have a sex-ed education program because of Jesus. I have had to correct several female students that think that you can’t get pregnant unless you’re in love. Our pregnancy rate in this school is appalling. (submitted by Donner1701)
10. When I was little I thought that maxi pads were meant so that women could pee themselves whenever they wanted. My dad and I were watching a commercial and I went on a tangent about how gross that was. (submitted by stone_solid)
11. They need to teach girls that urine doesn’t come from the same hole that the baby comes out. I have dated 3 girls who were 20+ at the time who never knew this. (submitted by 9Virtues)
12. I did shadowing of medical professionals and there was a teenage girl there, in labour, who thought she was going to deliver through her navel. (submitted by Anitsisqua)
13. My friend goes around to high schools to give talks and answer questions about sex. A girl began to cry once and told the teacher (and the whole class) that she was a hermaphrodite. Turns out she was just talking about her clitoris and thought it was a penis. (submitted by rem93)
14. In my teaching career, I had one girl who honestly believed that she couldn’t get pregnant if she didn’t have an orgasm, one boy who thought humans stopped growing pubic hair in the 1980s, and one who believed you could get AIDS by being gay. (submitted by Spodson)
15. A girl in my school became upset when she found out one of her suite-mates was having sex in their shower. She warned her roommate one night before she went to the bathroom.
Girl: “I just thought you should know that Kelsey has been having sex in there.”
Roommate: “yeah it’s a little gross, but I’m not that worried. It’ll be alright.”
Girl (whispering): “yeah… but… you don’t want to get like… pregnant or anything….” (deleted)
16. I know a girl who didn’t know “where” babies came from. This was a friend of mine’s cousin who was pregnant but her mum had always had C-Sections with her kids. So when she was told about the “natural method of birthing a child”…she freaked.
‘Well, it comes out… the same way it went in.’ ‘YOU’VE GOT TO BE JOKING!’ (LeftEye94)