TikTok is the new frontier for sex education, with teachers rapidly amassing tons of followers among young people eager to learn.
Marlena Segar, a 24-year-old East Londoner and a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, has become a teaching sensation during the Covid-19 pandemic since she started filming myth-busting sex ed videos in her living room and broadcasting them on TikTok, Yahoo! Style reports.
Amazed by how effective the social media app is as a platform from which to educate young people about sex, Segar has raked up millions of views.
Before the pandemic transformed her into a sex education teacher on TikTok, she was working as the assistant manager of a London sex shop.
While most of her fellow University of Edinburgh students did retail jobs on the side, Segar spent her free time teaching sex education in secondary schools.
Sex education teacher films myth busting TikTok videos in her bedroom
Then she lost her job in April 2020, so she became an at-home sex-ed teacher by launching her WeNudeToTalk channel on TikTok.
Within one month, the teacher already saw one of her TikTok sex education videos hit 1 million views — one in which she busted myths about self pleasure and that now has some 2.3 million views.
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“I was excited when a couple of my previous videos got a couple of thousand views,” Segar reflected about her sudden launch into the TikTok stratosphere.
The Scottish Sun reports that there is no topic under the sex-ed sun Segar won’t touch upon.
Marlena said: “Little did I know that, when I was sat in my sex education lessons as a teenager at school, that one day I would be debunking myths about sex on social media.”
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The TikTok sex education teacher says she is single and ready to mingle.
However, someone looking to date her should be a-okay with her line of work, she insisted.
Growing up in a family that was very open when it came to talking about sex, Segard said, helped set her on a path toward becoming a sex education teacher on TikTok.
Accoding to Glamour, TikTok is leading a much needed revolution in sex ed, making it accessible to a new generation that may be denied such tutelage by their teachers school.
“Teenagers have so many questions,” says Tessa Commers, M.D., a licensed pediatrician who recently stepped away from practice after having her first child. Commers started a TikTok account to continue to reach out to young patients after noticing a pattern in her practice; as soon as patients felt comfortable, “the floodgates sort of opened up,” she says.
The TikTok Sex Ed Revolution
“I thought maybe I could figure out a way to answer teen health questions,” Commers said of her modest expectations when it came to teaching sex ed on TikTok.
In just nine months, the pediatrician has amassed 1.4 million eager followers.
Today spoke with Dr. Jennifer Linton, a celebrated OB/GYN who at first was trepidatious about taking to TikTok to teach young people sex ed.
She thought the site was just for teens. It turns out there was a huge demand on there for her wealth of knowledge about the human body and sexuality.
With more than 900,000 followers and counting, the gynecologist uses her platform to debunk all types of misconceptions about women’s health. From addressing false information about birth control to discussing racial biases in health care, Lincoln covers a range of evidence-based posts in what she calls her “virtual sex-ed class.”
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