Today, I am really glad that my daughter is the kind of girl that doesn't care about your magazine. Now, I'm glad you have a Wellness section some kids may not get that kind of info from their parents. But your target audience of 11-17 year old kids are definitely NOT old enough for a how to on Anal Sex. Thank you for having detailed anatomy labeled correctly but that doesn't excuse the lack of good judgement. No 11 year old should be having sex, let alone anal sex, regardless of sexual orientation! Save that how to guide for an audience that is old enough.
Yes, I read the whole article. Not because I needed a how to (FYI, if you're not ready, it hurts) but to find the best angle in which to write this. You put this article in both digital and print. You decided that the girl next door needed to know this. You decided the boy in India needed this. Wherever your content can be accessed, you decided CHILDREN needed this. You didn't consult their parents to see if they wanted them to read it in the pages of your magazine rather than asking them about it. You've taken the parenting out of well, parenting. Does it matter that you had a "Sexpert" write the article or that it was easy to understand? No. What matters is, kids lose their innocence earlier and earlier it seems. Let them be kids a while longer without shoving sex in their faces.
If you want to do something about the lack of GOOD sex ed in schools where they can learn about this and birth control (because anal sex is NOT safe against pregnancy and STDs unless there is a barrier), sponsor legislation to put Abstinence Plus sex ed into schools rather than the archaic Abstinence Only model. If you want to be a voice for kids and sex, keep in mind that at 11 - 13 kids are curious about how their bodies work. Stick with that because they shouldn't be having sex. Your 14 and older audience will probably pick up Vogue rather than your magazine anyway. So, put your sex ed in that space.
Let kids be kids and don't rush them to grow up.
(P.S. I've been talking about sex with my daughter since she was 9 and she's not afraid to ask me questions but I'm awesome like that.)
College graduate, Army vet, single mom, Husky mom, Movie lover, writer