Experts reckon using smutty fan fiction for sex ed can be helpful

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Experts reckon using smutty fan fiction for sex ed can be helpful
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With sex education in school usually involving putting a condom on a banana and looking at grim photos of chlamydia-covered bits, it's no wonder that loads of young people are looking for more helpful sex info on the internet.

Sex and the internet can be a dodgy combo, but experts reckon that some of that smutty fan fiction you're guilty of loving (oh we're onto you) could actually be really helpful with education of sex and sexuality.

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So next time someone tells you your a perve, you can just let them know that it's EDUCATIONAL, actually.

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In the most recent issue of Lenny Letter, writer Kendra James opened up about how fan fiction helped her get to grips with sex as a teenager, explaining that the smut scenes often found in some of the most popular fics helped her understand her own thoughts on sex, process her desires and explore relationship ideals.

Getting frank about sex and fan fics, Kendra wrote: "It's a place where those who perhaps aren't ready to explore physically (or are too covered in acne and superhero tees to be confident enough to do so) can experiment and explore with limited risk.

"Rather than simply being told I shouldn't do it, I sat down and pondered whether or not I would ever actually want to.

"Writing fan fiction meant reasoning through actions and the resulting emotions in a way my teachers never asked for," she said.

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The experts agree too, as sexologist and sexuality educator Bianco Laureno has confirmed that its exploration of sex itself, as well as relationships and LGBTQ issues, makes fan fiction a common resource that loads of young people turn to.

"We use other forms of media to learn about sex as well (i.e. advertisements, music videos, podcasts, blogs, films)… "Using erotica/fan fiction as a form of learning about sex and sexuality when resources are not always available, is common," she told Teen Vogue.

"Learning about sex and sexuality is a life-long process and if some of us begin with erotica or fan fiction I think it's a strong start, but it's not the end."

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Have you ever thought about this idea before? Reckon fan fiction does actually have its uses rather than just getting hot and steamy? Let us know with a tweet to @Sugarscape.

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