Reddit Users Share NSFW Facts Learned At A Late Age, Proving People Are Clueless About Sex

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Aliyah Kovner 06 Nov 2018, 10:37

An AskReddit thread calling users to share “What NSFW (not safe for work) fact did you learn at an embarrassingly late age?" has gone viral, and the answers, while hilariously cringe-worthy, provide sadly compelling proof that comprehensive sex education is critical to ensuring that future generations are not complete idiots.

Here are the best of the worst, along with some clarifying medical and anatomical knowledge (in case you too missed that lesson in health class). Suffice to say, this article may also be a little NSFW.

In one of the top-rated posts, a Reddit user called Silentcmh posted their late-in-life realization: “That being circumcised didn't mean the head of your dick gets chopped off. I was...too old when I found that out.” In reality, circumcision only removes the skin that covers the head (the glans) of the penis. Invented as a religious rite, the practice became widely favored even amongst non-religious parents on the basis that circumcised penises are more hygienic. And while there is scientific evidence supporting the notion that circumcised men are less likely to contract sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the degree of protection is quite low, and foreskin or not, safe sex means using condoms. For an informative and humorous breakdown on circumcision, watch this.

Next up, clamerous wrote: “I had to break it to my 27-year-old friend that she doesnt (sic) pee from her clit.” Along the same lines, other posts stated “[I didn’t know that] Ladies have three holes in their bottom half,” and “My buddy thought the penis went into the clitoris at the age of 19.” Judging by the sheer number of upvotes, comments, and many additional posts of a similar nature (many centered on now knowing where urine exits the female body), confusion about women’s basic anatomy is depressingly common.  

So, yes, women have three holes in the pelvic region: the vagina, the urethra, and the anus. The opening of a woman’s urethra is located within the labia, below the clitoris (which is located inward from the labia majora but outside/above the labia minora) and above the vaginal orifice.

A user named punkterminator wrote, “[t]hanks to some subpar sex ed, my first boyfriend thought HIV spontaneously generates when two guys have sex. We went to get tested for HIV after we [had sex] for the first time, even though we were both virgins before.”

This misunderstanding likely stems from the many myths of HIV transmission that arose because the infection was first thought of as a gay male disease. Indeed, before researchers fully understood the cause of the illness or the ways it could spread and before the terms human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) were coined, it was known as gay-related immune deficiency, or GRID. First identified as a cluster of cases in 1981, it wasn’t until 1983 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined transmission can only occur if infected bodily fluids – blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid (aka pre-cum), vaginal fluid, rectal fluid, breast milk – make direct contact with another person’s mucous membranes or are introduced into the bloodstream. Although it has been 35 years since this discovery, misconceptions about who and how one can get HIV/AIDS have remained.

It is important to know that you cannot acquire the infection through contaminated air or water, sharing food or beverages, sitting on a toilet seat, or through contact with someone else’s sweat, tears, or saliva.

For more pitiable examples of sexual ignorance, check out the thread yourself. And to make yourself feel better afterward, we highly recommend looking at some cute animal photos and videos on the r/Aww subreddit.

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