"While many parents think of Teen Vogue as just a fashion magazine, we have a big warning for you. Teen Vogue is giving your kids sex advice. In their latest article, "Anal Sex: What You Need to Know," featured on the front page of their website for days and printed in their June 2017 edition, the fashion magazine is giving step-by-step instructions on how to engage in anal sex. Note that their target audience is teenagers aged 11-17."
In their full treatment of the article, NCOSE notes that this is not the first time the magazine dispenses dangerous sex advice. In this case, NCOSE lists three primary concerns:
First, Teen Vogue is marketed as a fashion magazine, and parents trust it to be only that. This article betrays that trust.
Second, the article is anti-woman, as it presents female sexuality as "a mere conduit for male sexual use, without regard for the potential risks or pain associated."
Third, the article further normalizes porn culture. NCOSE notes, "Thanks in large part to the pornography industry, many women experience undue pressure from boyfriends or husbands to engage in anal sex despite their discomfort or concerns about health risks. Mainstream pornography today commonly depicts extreme anal sex practices. This porn-informed version of sex then seeps into [women's] perception of healthy sex and often into their real-life relationships."
For a good Christian response to this article from Denny Burk, click here.
To protest this article please send an email to Vera Papisova, the editor of the wellness section of Teen Vogue which published the article. Email Ms. Papisova at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to NCOSE's points above, you might cite the following points in your email. (These are found in another excellent article on Teen Vogue's article, here.)
- The American Cancer Society reports, “Receptive anal intercourse also increases the risk of anal cancer in both men and women, particularly in those younger than 30.”
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that “Anal sex is the riskiest sexual behavior for getting and transmitting HIV for men and women.” It “carries a risk 17 times greater than receptive vaginal intercourse, [and] a risk 2 times greater than that of needle-sharing during injection drug use.”
- The CDC also reports that “in addition to the same sexually transmitted diseases that are passed through vaginal sex, anal sex can also expose participants to hepatitis A, B, and C; parasites like Giardia and intestinal amoebas; bacteria like Shigella, Salmonella, Campylobacter, and E. coli.”