Note: This article contains coarse language that may offend some readers.
Teen Vogue is a magazine that caters to teenagers and young adults. But a recent article the magazine published has parents, mothers especially, absolutely furious.
The article is titled: “Anal Sex What You Need to Know.”
It reads, in part:
Obviously there is a lot of stuff on the Internet about anal (we don’t suggest you Google it), but most of what you’ll find is either porn or advice for experienced sexual persons looking to try something new. What about the teenagers? What about the LGBTQ young people who need to know about this for their sexual health?
I have got you covered. Without all the run-of-the-mill hoopla, here is the lowdown on everything you need to know about butt stuff, no matter who you are, whom you’re having sex with, or who you want to have sex with.
This is anal 101, for teens, beginners, and all inquisitive folk.
In one section of the article, it recommends that the teen talks to their partner before giving it a try:
Whether you are planning to give or receive anal sex, a conversation must take place beforehand. Enthusiastic consent is necessary for both parties to enjoy the experience.
Asking for anal can be a bit daunting, no matter who you are. Have a one-on-one with your partner and let them know that this is something you want to try. Be honest about your feelings about it.
Among other pieces of advice the article gives are the reason anal feels good and to “start slow.”
Needless to say, as the magazine is called Teen Vogue, mothers are not happy about the magazine publishing such a NSFW guide. Elizabeth A.K.A. Activist Mommy posted a video on her Facebook page of her talking about the article. The video has since gone viral with six million views.
In the video, Elizabeth says, in part:
“They are teaching children eleven through seventeen—that's the target audience of this magazine Teen Vogue—children eleven through seventeen how to be safely sodomized. Yes, they are teaching kids how to have anal intercourse. We should not be teaching children, period, how to have sex.”
In response to all the backlash, Teen Vogue Digital Editorial Director Phillip Picardi went on a long rant about sexual education on Twitter.
But Independent Journal Review wanted to know if other moms felt the same way as Elizabeth, so we asked a few.
Amy Baker, who has two teenage sons, said, “I was completely disgusted that this would be 'acceptable' for Teen Vogue to print. I am not easily offended nor shocked, yet this just floored me. Absolutely unacceptable and shameful.”
Jenny Walton has a seventeen-year-old son. She told IJR, “I'm absolutely appalled that the editors approved its inclusion. Safe sex of all types is a discussion for parents or health class, not what amounts to a fashion and gossip rag. I'm grateful my son knows he can ask me about anything without fear or repercussion.”
The material also repulses Janneth Cardenas, and her daughter just turned eighteen. “It's absolutely disgusting. I would not want my teens exposed to that material. The mere idea that they are publishing this type of media is repulsive,” Cardenas said.
Erin Haust has two teenage girls, and she ripped apart Teen Vogue for its decision. “As a mother of two bright teenage girls, I find the anal sex instruction manual to be utterly repulsive. Everyone from the writer to the editor to the publishing team should be held to account for this disgusting exercise in soliciting publicity. Their sales must be down and their subscriptions abysmal to pull such an outrageous stunt. Shame on Teen Vogue.”
At this point, Teen Vogue would be smart to delete or apologize for the story, not continue defending it.
Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.