Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2018

The average American teenager consumes seven hours of digital media everyday. During that time, 75% of the content is sexually explicit, but of that only 14% is medically accurate and communicates the risks and responsibilities of sex. This wouldn’t be an issue if teens were receiving that information elsewhere, such as their high school sex education classes. However, they aren’t.

American high schools teach government funded Abstinence Only Until Marriage (AOUM), also called Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA). AOUM/SRA is a conservative, heteronormative, and oftentimes medically inaccurate curriculum that has had virtually no effect in reducing sexual risk behaviors or initiation amongst teens; the average teen first has sex at 17, and only 80% of them received sex education beforehand. Considering this, the current state of sex education in the United States is outdated, tone-deaf, and leaves teens ignorant and unprepared in matters surrounding sex and sexual health. A revision in how sex education is approached is needed; teens need Know Sex.

A contemporary sex education model designed for teenagers and the way they consume media online, Know Sex fosters an inclusive conversation surrounding sexual health, which has been miscommunicated or untouched upon in classrooms. Furthermore, it points them in an accurate, digital direction to where they can find more information in order to fill the gaps in their sexual comprehension. Access to information surrounding sexual health is necessary for the foundation of freedom and equality for all people. Teenagers have the right to access the information they need to make their own well-informed decisions, and Know Sex helps them do that.

Maxine Joy Almendra

Daniela Al-Saleh

Amon Dario Appelt

Shruti Ashok

Whitney Badge

Jaire Berkel

Ingrid Bonetti

Victoria Boyd

Madison Bozinoff

Malulani Bria

Kaylin Brown

Rachel Brownjohn

Olive Burd

Germán Castellanos Reyes

Madeline Cericola

Vicky Chau

Amber Chen

Victor Chen

Wendy Ching

Connie Chu

Channon Chung

Leonardo Cilmi

Emma T. Conway

Nicole Corso

Qamile Dani

Magdalena de la Torre Suárez

Amanda Ericson

Dan Feldman

Anna Feng

Natalia Flores

Peter Frasco

Lucia Garza

Mariana Gaviria

Mikey Hefez

Adrianna Hinsey

Avinash Hirdaramani

Marielle Holland

Grace Hong

Surkho Shane Hong

Pauline Hotelier

Dylan Hughes

Jiyoung Hwang

Sonali Jain

Andrea S. Jassir

Christina Jenkins

Maria Jessica

Erin Johnston

Javarius Jones

Yea Ji Jung

Rachel Kahn

Anastasia Kharchenko

Jonathan Haojaq Kho

Alexa Kim

Cindy Dawon Kim

Sang Dennis Kim

Somin Kim

Yoonji Kim

Kyungmin Ko

Sidney Law

Kevin Lee

Jane Lee

Matheus Dal Santo Lewis Sage Smith

Kristiana Marcon

Hannah Marshall

Kruti Mehta

Gabriel Mester

Charlotte Miller

Mintra Morrison

Tamir Moses

Kaisha Murzamadiyeva

Thomas Nghia Nguyen

Lanie Nowak

Satoe Onizuka

Steven Orts

Owen Pace

Tatyana Palacios

Herin Park

Olga Pavlova

Luli Peralta-Esquivel

Lindsay Petricca

Constanza Pinto

Shreya Razak

Costanza Reiser

Vincent Riportella

Bateel Saber

Ahana Seth

Cristina Soberon

Rebecca Speiser

Natalia Spotts

Sabrina Steck

JD Stephenson Jr.

Richard Supriano

Eden Tartour

Jissaura Taveras Hernandez

Nathalia Tello Arias

Liz Tsai

Altyn Turdukulova

Amena Tyebji

Gabriela Vieira

Juan Diego Villegas

Yige Wang

Evelyn Wu

Jessie Yao

Crystal Yin

Rebecca Jiayi Zhou