(hell, yeah) Scarleteen

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What’s Scarleteen?

Scarleteen, established in 1998, is a fully independent, progressive, inclusive and internationally-serving sex and sexuality education organization and website aimed at users and readers between the ages of 15-25. In an average year, millions of people use Scarleteen. We don’t have an agenda about who does or does not choose to engage in any kind of consensual sex, nor do we feel there is any one right universal model for a person’s sexuality or sexual life.  We understand and value the great diversity of all people and their sexualities and lives. Our goal is to do what we can to provide the sound, accurate and mindful information people ask us for to make the unique, informed choices they feel and find are best for them.

We provide original and thoughtful in-depth articles and advice columns about sex and sexuality long-lauded as pioneering, a moderated, responsive and bustling discussion board, an SMS question-and-answer service, a database for in-person sexual healthcare and other youth-serving agencies around the world, in-person training and education, including for homeless and transient youth in the Seattle area and more. We also have a popular book if you prefer your sex ed on the printed page.

To find out more about us as an organization, you can get started here.

If you want to reach us via post, you can at: Scarleteen, 1752 NW Market St., #627, Seattle, WA, 98107.

Who runs the tumblr for Scarleteen?

It’s a collective effort among our staff and volunteers.  While all of our personalities and opinions vary, anything posted directly by any of us is reflective of the core values of Scarleteen.

Where can we ask questions?

Because we are already so backlogged with questions every day on our website (our advice queue for the columns, for instance, typically has thousands of questions waiting) we’re afraid we can’t use Tumblr to take in any more questions. As well, we prefer to handle questions via tools where the person who’s asking has more protection with their privacy than they often will with something like a tumblr account, and we also prefer to use tools where the person asking can have a better sense of who, exactly, is answering their question.

However, you can ask whatever you’d like at our message boards, via our SMS service, or by putting your question into our advice column queue here.  If you have questions about the organization itself, you can email us here.

Leaving notes or comments with questions likely won’t work well for us given how many irons we always have in the fire, and we expect that questions left that way will likely often get overlooked.  So, if you really want our attention, please use the suggested avenues above.  Thanks!

Where are some of the most basic places to get started if I want to get a sexuality education at Scarleteen?

One of the basic tenets of our Montessori and unschooling model is that we never assume everyone is starting with the same information, learns the same way, or that someone of a given age needs the same things as someone else that same age does. So much of what we do to figure out what our users need involves talking directly with them in order to hear their questions or get a sense of where they’re at so we can then make suggestions directly. You’re certainly welcome to do that yourself, or to just take a stroll around our website, following your own needs and interests. :)

But if you want to get started by looking at some of what we think is pretty core to have as a start, or pieces that also can clue you in to the ways our approach might be different than you’re used to, we’d suggest starting with pieces like:

Sexuality: WTF Is It, Anyway?

What’s Sex?

With Pleasure: A View of Whole Sexual Anatomy for Every Body

Genderpalooza! A Sex & Gender Primer

What Is Healthy Sexual Development?

Love Letter

Hello, Sailor! How to Build, Board and Navigate a Healthy Relationship

Driver’s Ed for the Sexual Superhighway: Navigating Consent

10 of the Best Things You Can Do for Your Sexual Self (at Any Age)

Be a Blabbermouth! The Whats, Whys and Hows of Talking About Sex With a Partner

Q is for Questioning

A Calm View from the Eye of the Storm: Hysteria, Youth and Sexuality

What is Feminist Sex Education?

What’s the fastest way to be able to get direct help or discussion at Scarleteen?

Our message boards and our SMS service are the tools which have the most staff/volunteers assigned to them, so at either of those places, anyone who posts will usually be answered within a few hours, sometimes within minutes.

Any policies to know about?

While tumblr isn’t ours, so we can’t dictate what people do here, nor would we think that’s sound, as a courtesy we’d ask anyone commenting or reblogging to give us or anyone we’re quoting the most basic kind of considerations that we ask for on our own properties: that everyone be kind, tolerant and accepting, watch their assumptions, judgments, biases and -isms, and also please be respectful and mindful of how you quote or reblog anything from here when it comes to keeping links intact or attributing sources. It’s probably a given, but we’re not down with any kind of flaming or harassment, and if and when that happens, will usually just do what we can to click whatever we need to to just make it go away.

Just a reminder.

We don’t like talking about money, but when we say we’re independent and grassroots we mean it.  Despite providing internationally-recognized and applauded comprehensive sex education for millions of people every year, Scarleteen remains barely funded: our funding is far, far smaller than that of similar organizations with our tenure and reach, and less funded than many who do far less in a year with much more to work with.  We are supported only through the help of independent donors, so if you’re looking for a way you can help support quality, accessible and free sex education with a proven history of value to those who use it, we think we’re a great place to donate. To find out more, click here.

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