Mamas, Keep This ‘Teen” Magazine Away From Your Kids: Here’s Why

I’ve spent a lot of time in an airport the past few days, traveling for work with my laptop open. While looking on Facebook for some great stories to share on our For Every Mom Facebook page, an article in my feed caught my eye and quickly sickened me. How could it not? The article, published by TEEN VOGUE, is entitled, “Everything You Need to Know About Anal Sex.”

That’s right, friends, Teen Vogue, not content with preaching the wonders of it’s “Post-Abortion Gift Guide” earlier this year, now feels the need to publish a how-to guide on anal sex for our teens. Who, I might remind you, ARE STILL CHILDREN. And we all know that tweens love to read “teen” publications, too. When I was 11 or 12 years old, I LOVED getting my hands on a “Seventeen” magazine, but in those days the most scandalous content I might find was how to cope with my PERIOD.

Our kids live in a new world, and I wouldn’t call it “brave.” I’d call it “terrifying.” Teen Vogue’s article is a perfect example. They are trying to take deviant sex acts that are NOT FOR KIDS, and normalize them here. I CRINGED throughout reading the article. I had to TAKE A BREAK and come back to it because I was sickened and steaming mad. I don’t recommend reading the whole thing (but please do if you need to see for yourself), but here are some excerpts.


“This is anal 101, for teens, beginners, and all inquisitive folk.”

“Anal sex, though often stigmatized, is a perfectly natural way to engage in sexual activity. People have been having anal sex since the dawn of humanity. Seriously, it’s been documented back to the ancient Greeks and then some. So if you’re a little worried about trying it or are having trouble understanding the appeal, just know that it isn’t weird or gross.”

The article then goes on to break down the “benefits” of anal sex for those who “have a prostate.” So this article isn’t just for teen girls, it’s for teen boys who want to have sex with other boys or men. Then, it covers the “appeal of anal when you do not have a prostate,” so it’s got our girls covered, too. Using light, off-the-cuff language like “Just because you have a vagina does not mean anal is off-limits. Many vagina owners love anal play,” Teen Vogue hammers home its message again and again. Read between the lines and you will get read that anal sex is “totally normal, everyone’s doing it, and it’s no big deal for teens of either gender.”

So after breaking down how anal sex is different for boys and girls, the article LITERALLY goes into a “how-to” guide. I honestly never thought I’d use the words “butt plug” in an article, but since Teen Vogue is advising your children on what kind of sex toys to buy to prepare themselves for anal sex, I GUESS I HAVE NO CHOICE. it was at this point in the article that I got physically sick and stopped reading. I had to wait a full 24 hours before I could continue on.

The article ends with a couple lighthearted warnings like, “I want to personally assure you that that you will not poop on anyone during anal sex. Sure, there are horror stories, but aren’t there always?” And if what I’ve already written isn’t enough for you to see that Teen Vogue needs to stay OUT OF YOUR KIDS line of sight (go ahead and block the online version also, which is where I read this article), hopefully that will.

Mamas, I have been physically ill many times over the horrors and pressures our kids face in this world. But when mainstream publications like this one target our teens by normalizing sex acts like this, I get mad, I get sad, and I want to move to a deserted island.

My HOPE is in CHRIST, and my eyes are looking toward heaven, but until I get there, it’s my duty to talk to my kids about sex so that they know what is right, and healthy and normal.

Start the conversation early…do you want them to hear about sex from you, or from Teen Vogue?

Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at her blog, Mommin' It Up, or follow her on Twitter.

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