14 is an awkward age. Nothing looks right, nothing feels right and that bedazzled crop top you think is the most stylish thing in your closet will make you gasp in horror five years down the line.
But somewhere in all that teenage angst, there is hope for humanity.
Exhibit A: 21-year-old Jordan Fridman from Montreal posted this image last week. It shows her 14-year-old sister Mariah’s answers to her sex ed homework, with the caption: “Two years ago today, my then 14 year old sister got suspended for submitting these answers for her sex-ed class. I’m so proud of her.”
The instructions for the assignment were as follows: Read through these partner objections to condom use and then the possible responses below. Record the letter (or letters) of appropriate responses to these objections on the line beside each objection. If you have time, list a few objections and/or responses of your own (on the back of this sheet).
But instead of following the rules, Mariah decided to tell it like it is.
The post has been viewed almost 2.5 million times. According to Buzzfeed, Fridman has gotten a lot of positive feedback from people who agree with her sister’s views on sexual education (and also a couple of creepy guys who want to date the now-16-year-old).
Mariah’s Facebook page points out that she never actually got suspended (alongside comments like “YOU’RE BECOMING VIRAL”). But still girl, take a bow.
Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.
This Jewish Teen Answered Her Sex Ed Homework Like A Boss