“Teen Vogue,” published by Condé Nast, likes to think that its readers think of themselves as activists. To which end the magazine recently ran a piece condemning the “March Against Sharia” as hate speech. One of its contributors, moreover, made waves in March when she tweeted that all white people, presumably including its white readers, are evil.
But “TV” is much more than just a soapbox for liberal idealizing. It’s also a fount of useful information in the realms of sex and sexuality, publishing — for example — shopping suggestions on “What to Get a Friend Post-Abortion” (February 2017 issue).
That topics like this are not (or should not be) suitable for teenage girls is a moot point, since according to one bulletin board, the magazine is read by children as young as 10.
Which brings us to Teen Vogue’s latest offering: A guide to anal sex. The article, complete with a wall-size anatomical chart of the reproductive systems of males and females, is written by an expert of sorts: Gigi Engle’s bio reveals that she is a sex educator in New York City.
Here are the opening paragraphs:
When it comes to your body, it’s important that you have the facts. Being in the dark is not doing your sexual health or self-understanding any favors.
With that sentiment in mind, we’re here to lay it all out for you when it comes to anal sex.
It’s important that we talk about all kinds of sex because not everyone is having, or wants to have, “penis in the vagina” sex. If you do have “penis in the vagina” sex and are curious about something else, or are finding that that type of sex is not for you and you’d just like to explore other options, it’s helpful to know the facts. Even if you do learn more and decide anal sex is not a thing you’d like to try, it doesn’t hurt to have the information.
If you’re not comfortable reading about anal sex, that’s perfectly OK, too. We have plenty of other articles around a variety of issues and wellness. Feel free to click out if you’d like! No pressure at all.
I’ll stop here because shortly after this intro, the article gets fairly graphic.
In case you don’t plan to read through to the end of the article, I will tell you that it includes an addendum that advises, “This article has been updated to include the importance of using protection during anal sex.”
Ahh, that’s much better!