Man Up

One of the Guys

What happened when one woman learned about sex from growing up in a group of boys.

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The first time Jessica Valladolid saw a penis, it was projected on a screen in a room full of boys where she was the only girl. But she doesn’t view that memory as shameful or gross; she feels like she got a front-row seat to how boys learned about sex. For her, her memories are the key to unlocking a better way to teach boys about sex—which is now her job.

Guest: Jessica Valladolid, sex educator at a nonprofit with a focus on Spanish-speaking communities

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews and Danielle Hewitt.