Millennials have been called many things, including “overly sensitive” and “too politically correct.” “Sensitive” and “political” are more accurate.
Whether these monikers are fitting or not, the “don’t judge” generation has opened the gateway for sex positivity.
Americans 30 and younger are committed to sexual awareness, health, rights and advocacy. Millennials applied the necessary pressure to the Congress and Supreme Court to end discrimination against gay marriage,
Anti-slut shaming, body policing and queer positive rhetoric of millennials may sound like whiny white noise to old-fashioned conservatives, but it is actually giving voice to change.
Armed with their open mindedness, diversity and tech savvy, millennials are the most sex positive generation in American history. Discussing sex is no longer taboo. With intelligent conversation comes intelligent ideas and more enlightened public policy.
Sex educators are noticing and so are those in power.
Groups like Planned Parenthood have applied the tech savviness of millennials and have created a youth-oriented Tumblr blog to further sex education outreach.
Planned Parenthood’s blog consists of informational graphics on contraceptives, sexually transmitted diseases, consent, body positivity, feminism and queer positivity.
Planned Parenthood’s Tumblr even has a timely and active Q&A feature where people can ask questions. Questions include “What’s the deal with emergency contraceptives?” and “I was sexually assaulted, what should I do?” All the questioned are answered by Planned Parenthood’s Chief Medical Officer, an OGBYN.
Change has happened fast. Less than a decade ago sex education was limited to only a few days in high school. Today sex-related questions can now be answered with easy access to accurate information on a social media platform.
Sex education received by millennials was too brief and basic. They are now calling for reform, with 88 percent of millennials asking for more comprehensive sex education in public schools.
Millennial’s sex education is one change. Religion is another.
One in three millennials do not identify with any religion and their views of contraception reflect that. Young people believe in the right to affordable contraception regardless of religious beliefs.
In a survey conducted by the Public Religious Research Institute, 56 percent of millennials said that choosing to have an abortion is the most responsible decision a woman can make. The same study found that 58 percent of young people opposed the Supreme Court ruling that small businesses have the right to opt out of providing insurance coverage for contraception based on religious objections.
Contraception does not have the same taboo as it did for their parents, with only 9 percent of millennials saying that contraception is wrong.
Millennials want to see fairness when it comes to health services, contraception and abortion.
In 2020, 39 percent of all voters will be millennials, according to the Youth Advocacy Group. That is more than enough for this generation to be the new movers and shakers of reproductive rights and sex education.