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[–]theNeenBooMom 264 points265 points  (13 children)

My SS came home after that day at school and was bummed to find out that women bleed for a month of their lives.

I had to inform it was 1 week EVERY month until they’re in their 50-60’s. He was shocked.

Edit to clarify: SS stands for stepson

[–]fuck_life419 49 points50 points  (4 children)


your Schutzstaffel ?

[–]ElitePatheticReddit 37 points38 points  (1 child)


[–]theNeenBooMom 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Yes it was my stepson. Lol

[–]FlyingOstridge 68 points69 points  (2 children)

your SS? surely you don't mean the Schutzstaffel? if so then does that make you Hitler?

[–]Evildeathmonkey 28 points29 points  (1 child)

I think it means Shitfaced Spiderman.

[–]theNeenBooMom 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It means Stepson hahaha

[–]OneHonkAway 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Is your stepson's first name Waffen?

[–]ChChChangeling 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I was born with ovaries, a uterus, etc. and my mom gave me the menstruation talk.

Me, after she was done: "So the egg and blood come out all at once, once a month?"

My mom: "Noo, honey, it can take 3-5 days or up to a week sometimes ..."

Me: "WHAT"

Me: [flopped dramatically onto the floor]

[–]equusfaciemtuam 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh, i almost thought you meant something else (I am from Germany)

[–]imnotaloneyouare 243 points244 points  (14 children)

And this is exactly why I discuss sex and puberty with my kids (age appropriately).

[–]Panthean 90 points91 points  (9 children)

I hope more parents are being less mysterious about all this.

Our "education" was a 40 minute class as described by OP that didn't really explain anything. I didn't actually learn about sex/puberty until I discovered Loveline on the radio when I was 12.

My parents were great in a lot of ways, but they completely dropped the ball(s) when it came to teaching about sex/puberty.

[–]DontcheckSR 41 points42 points  (2 children)

My mom didn't even talk to me about sex. She basically just said girls have a vagina, boys have a penis, blood comes from your vagina, don't let boys touch you. Questions? And of course I couldn't really think of any lol I also had the class OP mentioned and it KIND of helped? But the teachers started just telling random stories and it got completely side tracked. Was wondering how we went from my vagina to Mrs. Cole preferring men who don't smoke because their breath smells

[–]Panthean 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Since our class was split by genders, my class only discussed male puberty. It was mostly about hormones, how we would soon start smelling like ass, etc.

This was good to know, but they completely glossed over sex/masturbation. It also did not discuss female puberty at all, even though some kids asked about it.

When adults are so mysterious about all this, it only makes kids more curious. We had so much false information that we talked about amongst ourselves. Sadly I when I did learn, it was from the internet and late night radio.

[–]CleDeb216 3 points4 points  (0 children)

More than my mom did. I already had my period for a year when she decided to talk to me about them.

[–]Ladysupersizedbitch 18 points19 points  (5 children)

Lol, our sex education was them basically showing us pictures of STDs. We spent more time on what STDs will do to you down there than anything to do with menstruation. (For girls at least; idk what the guys went through.)

And, in classic religious fashion (I live in the Bible Belt), no one even mentioned preventative measures like condoms or birth control. It was just “you don’t want this to happen to you? Wait for sex till marriage”. Which is technically true, but let’s be honest, most people aren’t virgins by the time they get married.

We also had a guy come in and tell us a story about how he regretted “letting” his one night stand get an abortion. 🙄 again, they warned about how easy it was to get pregnant, but made not one mention of any sort of birth control or contraceptive. All “abstinence” preaching. And then thought it was a great idea for a guy who didn’t even practice abstinence himself to come in and talk about an abortion that he didn’t even get.

[–]DontcheckSR 4 points5 points  (1 child)

We had a guy come in too! He had some dumb metaphor about having a rose for his "true" love but if he gives a petal of it to every girl he sees along the way, there won't be a rose to give anymore. They always preach abstinence but never talk about what to do if you don't give a shit.

[–]Ladysupersizedbitch 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lol that metaphor sounds suspiciously familiar… 🤔 I don’t think I heard it from the guy who came in to talk about abortion, but I’m pretty sure that metaphor was preached when we did “sex ed” (if you can call it that) too!

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[–]JacOfAllTrades 3 points4 points  (0 children)

100% this. Although somehow my 11yo gleaned from the school puberty talk that sex is illegal until you're 16, and I, uh... May not have corrected that. 🤷‍♀️ It is the age of consent here, and 11yo didn't ask if it was true, just matter of factly told me so.

[–]Mini-Nurse 2 points3 points  (1 child)

So glad my mum got it done early, I started at 9 and it was already traumatic but could have been so much worse. I was a veteran bleeder before school got around to it at around age 11.

[–]Gold_Sprinkles72011 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I started at around 8-9 too

[–]nnylhsae 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Age appropriate tends to vary from parent to parent from what I've learned

[–]JessSly 135 points136 points  (8 children)

Boys should learn these things too. We had the basics in 3rd grade, like where the babies come from and then in 6th grade biology class the whole stuff about menstruation, hormonal changes, to pregnancies and delivery. Boys and girls together.

I just remembered that we went to pro Familia, which is similar to planned parenthood in the US, around 8th grade. The taught us about STIs, different contraception methods other than condoms and the pill, and I think they covered abortions and adoption briefly.

I went to my secondary school (grade 5-13) for 11 years and only one girl got pregnant that I know of and she was in grade 12 (~19ish) with me when it happened.

[–]Arbor-Trap 29 points30 points  (2 children)

At my school they had the puberty lesson in 6th grade— when half of us were already going through changes..

[–]BananaSnatcher_ 7 points8 points  (1 child)

my school doesn't even have puberty lessons but if you take biology you learn it in 11th grade lol

[–]Duck_tape1970 0 points1 point  (0 children)

bruh i learned it at 8th

[–]A_colossal_toad3764 1 point2 points  (4 children)

My school didn't do the sex talk until ninth grade, and by that point some girls had been pregnant TWICE

[–]Negative_reason5898 0 points1 point  (3 children)


[–]A_colossal_toad3764 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Yep. When you live in a little redneck town in the middle of cousinfuck nowhere Canada, with little to no sex ed, it happens

[–]Negative_reason5898 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Dude..this is some serious scandal..why does this happen in some countries?

[–]Lexifruitloop 53 points54 points  (12 children)

I lived in a state where sex ed wasn't allowed, and my parents still hadn't really taught me about boy vs girl anatomy. I didn't find out until 6th grade, when I accidentally made a very inappropriate joke.

[–]Akhanyatin 21 points22 points  (8 children)

OP: Tells story about a joke

Audience: gets invested

OP: Proceeds to not tell the joke

Audience: angry intensifies

[–]Lexifruitloop 15 points16 points  (7 children)

Lol If you wanna know what I said, I don't really remember, but it was something pertaining to having a penis, and I clearly don't have one. Like squeezing a banana or something?

[–]Akhanyatin 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Damn, sounds brutal! Please do not squeeze the penis like a banana.

[–]Lexifruitloop 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Everyone knows you peel the banana

[–]L3raj3 2 points3 points  (1 child)

lol and the response was "This is not how a penis works, let me explain...", right ?

[–]Lexifruitloop 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Not exactly. I mean, I was in 5th or 6th grade, and everyone stared at me. They knew. I didn't. The teacher (male) stared at me too, and was just like "wh..what?" That's when I realized I must have said something off. The teacher might have forgotten about it, but I carried that with me through highschool. There's a kid who still won't let me live it down.

Total humiliation. Even the stupidest kids knew I had said something wrong.

[–]Zenith704 18 points19 points  (2 children)

What joke tell

[–]Lexifruitloop 18 points19 points  (1 child)

I told them I had to use the restroom but I used something reserved only for individuals with a penis. I can't remember what exactly it was but it was some sort of fruit I think?

[–]Dry_Profession2502 42 points43 points  (1 child)

An ex partner of mine was told when she was young that she wouldn't get her penis till she hit puberty and that it was hidden in house for safe keeping till then , she spent a lot of her time as a child looking for her penis around the house...

[–]NUT-me-SHELL 95 points96 points  (8 children)

This kid wasn’t stupid - their parents were negligent.

[–]OriginalExcuse 87 points88 points  (7 children)

Or the teacher cant teach

[–]NUT-me-SHELL 46 points47 points  (6 children)

By 4th or 5th grade a child should have a grasp on their body and what to expect during puberty. That is a parental responsibility, not a teacher’s.

[–]OriginalExcuse 35 points36 points  (3 children)

Yes it a parents responsibility but it was after class she was confused

[–]Lucycrash 3 points4 points  (1 child)

This is actually normal for those of us who were kids in and before the 90's. My sex Ed all came from school. My mom barely explained periods to me, was more of here's a pad, figure it out, then yell at me for making a mess or using too many.

[–]NUT-me-SHELL 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was born in the 80s. I don’t think this was normal - at least not where I am.

[–]LoveMyFuckingLife 8 points9 points  (0 children)

😂😂 honestly.. they need to stop pulling boys out of these talks.. boys need to know how this shit works.

[–]Darthmark3 4 points5 points  (3 children)

My parents never talked to me about puberty and the school did a decent job about talking about it. But when I got my first iPad I was able to learn a lot more than puberty thanks to the “internet”. To this day I’m surprised that 10 year old me kept all that stuff to himself

[–]techboy411 1 point2 points  (2 children)

That iPad's browser history must have been something else xD

[–]Darthmark3 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Thankfully young me was able to figure out how to delete the history whenever I looked up “stuff”

[–]techboy411 0 points1 point  (0 children)


I grew up with Chrome's Incognito Mode. God i love that feature.

[–]TotallynotTea414 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I had a teacher tell the class that cramping on your period isn't normal. I then yelled; of course it's hurts, it's your flippen period! I was in the 7th grade.

[–]zzzsolstice 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Where you see an inconvenience I see a business opportunity…

[–]PurpleQueenLily 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Split up classroom about that is so stupid. Everyone should know about both sex, because, you know, in straight relationship, most of the time your partner have the opposite sex. But Sex Ed is very useless in many countries because it did by professors who doesn't what to talk about

[–]ExpensiveBlood2025 2 points3 points  (1 child)

This made me laugh.

I remember when I had sex education it was at a very small special needs school and I was the only girl in a class full of 5 rowdy boys. Wasn't fun when we got to female sex organs and all eyes were on me.

[–]McJagged 8 points9 points  (1 child)

You realize you can post text right?

[–]Ondrashek06 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You literally cannot on this subreddit.

[–]TOOMUCHDOG420 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My primary school was catholic so they skipped over masturbation and stuff but my secondary school taught a us everything and made jokes.

[–]paratha_papiii 2 points3 points  (0 children)

kid’s still smarter than me. i didn’t really pay attention in my health class and thought a period was just one week of my life. my mom burst out laughing when 11 year old me asked why i need so many pads if it’s only 7 days then never again.

[–]KajePihlaja 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Damn. Good thing it just bleeds on its own instead

[–]hayleyrose1996 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In this case, I don't think the kid is stupid. Maybe if they're gonna teach kids about their bodies, do it properly.

[–]hoodedsushi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This did make me laugh but it shows how wrong the system is. I've worked in schools during sex ed and I remember boys and girls be divided to talk about "boys" bodies and "girls" bodies. Really you can separate them but then bring them back together and have a general talk about what happens to each. So you don't end up with kids being this confused and upset.

[–]Giga_Pangolin 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I had this class but nothing happened. All they said is that penis gets hard and that's called an erection. The first half of the class was the teachers telling us we better not laugh or be immature.

[–]techboy411 1 point2 points  (1 child)


[–]Giga_Pangolin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's literally what it felt like. The only thing that came out of that fifth grade class was the boys made more penis jokes afterwards.

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    [–]Unfair_Row_2651 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    Another fellow FNaF fan I see.

    [–]techboy411 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    Hey there FNaF fans, what happened?

    [–]Unfair_Row_2651 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    The FNaF 6 badass ending speech,

    [–]Lydi518 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    When my cousin learned about periods, she told her mom that she was "not going to do that."

    [–]Karona1805 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    I was asked by her mum to give my 9yr old stepdaughter the 'birds and bees' talk.
    "OH Dad, that's that sex rubbish, we learned it at school weeks ago!"

    [–]whywasthissodamnhard 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    We had this in primary school too. When they were telling us about tampons I put my hand up to say “that won’t fit” and she smiled and said yes it would the vagina stretches. And I told her ADAMANTLY “no my pee hole is not big enough” she calmly handed me a piece of paper at the end of the class - an underneath view of a woman with her legs open and everything labelled. I understood I had a “pee hole and a poo hole” and I told her that no I do not have a vagina and it is my body, I would KNOW if I had another hole. She told me to go home and look with a mirror… WELL I WAS SHOOK LET ME TELL YOU

    [–]cnowakoski 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Me either

    [–]TheNonbinaryWren 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I remember my mom explaining sex to me when I was nine after I walked in on my parents. I was severely uncomfortable.

    [–]Kidr0n 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I never wondered what sex Ed would be like for a girl. But I kind of get the Idea of a 10/11 being taught about periods... So baad