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10 Sex Questions from Seventh Graders that Most Adults Probably Can’t Answer (Honestly, Anyway)

By Meredith Carroll |

Sex questions from seventh graders

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When you reach a certain point in your adulthood, it can be easy to assume you know what young people are thinking because you were once their age.

However, what you likely don’t remember is just how much you thought about sex, and how it all works. There are so many holes and hairs and smells and bumps and tubes and fluids to think about. Sure, maybe your mom gave you a book or your dad gave you a talk, but that didn’t nearly cover the mystery of reproduction.

One seventh grade teacher knows what’s on the mind of students, and knows that kids are usually too embarrassed to ask. So she (or he) created a box in the classroom for kids to ask questions anonymously, and in writing, and then addressed and answered them out loud just in case other kids were wondering, too.

Here are 10 questions about sex from seventh grade students. Too bad they don’t come with the answers, because most adults could probably use a refresher.

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Birds and Bees? Let's Hear About Porn and Sperm.

Is there other ways to have a baby but without having sex?

Yes, although you'll have to talk to Mary.

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20 thoughts on “10 Sex Questions from Seventh Graders that Most Adults Probably Can’t Answer (Honestly, Anyway)

  1. Jen says:

    Forget sex, get these kids some grammer and spelling lessons.

    1. Sarah Caldwell says:

      Sadly, lack of grammar or spelling knowledge is not birth control as any teacher of elementary students can attest to this. Perhaps those parents should have been taught how to avoid pregnancy until their writing met higher standards.

    2. Steve says:

      I’m pretty sure you need some ‘grammer’ and spelling lessons yourself.

  2. Eliza says:

    I agree with jen!
    Some handwriting classes would be nice too!

  3. Tim says:

    Please, please, please… someone find a way to sterilize AND de-horny-ize All of our kids until they graduate At Least high school !! Boys And Girls, btw.

  4. Ryan says:

    Yes, they do need some GRAMMAR and spelling lessons.

  5. Chikote says:

    Wow 7th grade and their English is THAT bad?!? That is amazing. I would have thought 4th or 5th grade if I did not read otherwise.

  6. Linda says:

    I’ve always thought that before we teach sex education we should teach relationship education. That’s much, much more important. We’re teaching sex education in a vacuum.

  7. Joe Bundy says:

    These questions are made up by adults trying to look like kids asking them. Nice try! I’ve raised 5 of my own, and more step children. Nothing near this type of questioning ever came up. Hopefully you talk to your kids often enough to know how they think. These don’t sound like any of my children’s thoughts. Next time you want to make up a story, talk to a kid so you at least know how they think.

    1. Rawhide says:

      I teach relationship and sex ed. to students from the 7th grade to the 12th grade. Joe you are so wrong. What students don’t know about their bodies and reproduction is amazing. One question that has come up several times over the years proves this point.”Is there wood in a woody?” “If there’s no wood how does it stand up?” These questions have been raised in one form or another many times. And don’t get me started on their lack of, or confused knowledge of STDs. It would freighten you!

  8. Robert says:

    “Go ask your ____” Depending on which half you are.

  9. G.M Wray says:

    My oldest daughter was in the fourth grade and asked me how she was born, I hemmed and hawed my way through the birds and bees talk as red as a fire hydrant and she listened very patiently until the end and then informed me she knew all that she just wanted to know where she was born for a paper she had to write for school. Floored me and the wife laughed her ass off for days when I told her about it. really got annoying because every time she looked at me she bust out laughing, never did live that one down. Lesson learned, be sure of the question before answering,

  10. JustAnother7thgradequestion says:

    heres another 1 Girl:
    is it possible for a guy to no longer be able to cum cuz he did it to much and its all gone

  11. Heather says:

    I’ve taught seventh grade; these sound exactly like the questions my students would ask. If it doesn’t sound like your kids, then maybe it’s because they are fortunate to have parents who take the time to explain sex and reproduction to them in ways that make sense from an early age. A lot of kids don’t. I hope that when a kid comes to you with a question — even if it’s badly written on an index card — that you take it as legitimate and answer it honestly instead of making fun of them.

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  13. jim says:

    Excuse me, but my generation was taught sex education and religion in the home, that was a parental responsibilty, schools were responsible for teaching reading, writing, arithmetic, and science.

    1. Maria says:

      And leaving it up to the parents (or teaching “abstinence only” in schools) is part of the reason why you get high teen pregnancy and STI numbers.

  14. Jennifer says:

    all these quesstion are easy to answer if you have no problem being honest with you child.

  15. Linda says:

    Yes, there are other ways to get pregnant other than intercoursse. These include, but are not limited to rubbing his penis and then rubbing her privates. Oral sex and then rubbing each other with the “results”. Body rubbing with clothes off whether or not intercourse occurs. Sperm at the mouth of the vagina is all it takes…

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