For those not in the know, Scarleteen is a fantastic resource for teens and others who have questions about sex. If you’ve ever been to an adult site (often porn, but not always) you’ve more often than not seen a link pointing the underage kids to Scarleteen for their sex information. From their own site:
Scarleteen is an independent, grassroots sexuality education and support organization and website. Founded in 1998, Scarleteen.com is visited by around three-quarters of a million diverse people each month worldwide, most between the ages of 15 and 25. It is the highest-ranked website for sex education and sexuality advice online and has held that rank through most of its tenure.
The goal of the blog carnival, in the words of AAG herself, is “to raise money to pay for online resources such as web hosting, offline resources such as text-messaging, and the educators to manage those resources.” The funds are desperately needed because even though Scarleteen is the highest ranked sex education website, it receives no federal or state funding. All funding comes from donations.
Most of the participants in the carnival have chosen to talk about why comprehensive sex education is needed so badly and how Scarleteen fills that need in an educational environment that seems to privilege mis-information or no information above giving kids age-appropriate information about sex.