Dan tackles real-life issues you’re never going to hear discussed in a public school — especially not in today’s political climate. Even in AYS, there were questions too embarrassing to ask in front of a group of other teens. And there were things about my personal life and sexuality I just didn’t want a room full of kids from my youth group to know. (After all, outside of church, most of us weren’t even friends!)
While Dan’s had his share of controversy over the years (and, certainly, I’ve had issues with his column at times), it’s clear that he’s genuinely committed to helping people. And while maybe it’s not accurate to say that Dan’s column is always “safe” or completely nonjudgmental, there is one thing Dan always is: honest. He tries his hardest to give accurate information about sexual risks, even when writers ask about sexual practices he’s never heard about before. He will regularly bring in guest experts to answer questions related to trans issues, medical dilemmas, and even more exotic problems.
Along with It Gets Better, Dan’s been providing a sorely-needed service for queer teens for years: providing an accurate source of information about gay sexual acts and relationships, which teachers in most sex ed programs aren’t even allowed to talk about. Savage U is just the newest incarnation of this effort, and it’s one I think is poised to be wildly successful and reach millions of teens and young adults — queer and straight — who desperately need answers.
The first episode of Savage U is now available to view online for free. In it, Dan answers anonymously-submitted questions from his audience, reassures one young woman that her high sex drive is normal, helps one insecure bisexual boy learn how to get out of the “friend zone,” and delivers a reality check to one young couple who admit they don’t use birth control or condoms:
What do Care2 readers think of Savage U? Is this program helping fill the gaps for college students who didn’t get adequate sex education in public school? Would you want your college-aged child to attend one of Dan’s question and answer sessions?
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