Is Sex, Etc. org Credible? (Post 3)
An analysis of the validity of Sex, Etc.org
Getting to Know the Article & Website
Sex, etc. is a website dedicated to improving sexual education throughout America. The website’s goal is to provide accurate and easily accessible sexual health information for teenagers. The article included on the website are written by teens for teens. The topics of the articles range from STIs, Pregnancy, Birth Control, etc.
In a teen contributor, Nicole’s article titled, “After Abstinence, Emergency Contraception” ,describes Nicole’s personal experiences with abstinence-only sex education and her virginity. Nicole explains that in junior high school and high school she was in an abstinence only club. Once in her Senior year of high school, Nicole decided to take a step back from the abstinence-only club and focus on her school work and her social life. During this time Nicole met her boyfriend, who she lost her virginity to. Her article discusses in depth, her feelings about losing her virginity, how abstinence-only education prepared her for sex and her views on sex. Nicole’s article is used to inform and educate teens about sex, feelings that come with sex and virginity.
Credible or Not?
The website and article, are not credible for factual information about sex. Both the website and article lack sources of where the writers get their information, lack information about staff writers and staff and rely on experiences not facts, making them not credible.
Sex, Etc is a website, affiliated with Rutgers University, a medium sized, public university in New Jersey. Sex, etc. is run by the Psychology department at Rutgers, which is also the most popular major, according to the website. Sex, Etc. is run by AnswersEd, also affiliated with Rutgers University. AnswersEd and Sex, Etc. have little to no information on who runs their websites, further making these websites less credible.
The founder and editor of Sex, etc. is Susan N. Wilson, who has a Master’s degree in education. Wilson, according to LinkedIn, has over 10 years experience working with Rutgers University with sex education programs. The website provides little information about her role in the content of the website. Wilson is listed as the editor but I do not know how much of the content of the website is edits herself; this lack of knowledge, takes away the crediblity.
All links are working yet these links only send you to other parts of Sex, etc; the definitions page of the website has no reference to where the information came from, making this information not credible. Overall, the website is not credible for accurate information about sex.
The blog style articles found on the website are not credible. The article “After Abstinence, Emergency Contraception,” is a contributor’s personal experience with sex education and sex. The author, Nicole, is named but the website does not provide a bio or any further information about Nicole. Nicole’s personal experience is valid and has potentially helped many teens gain further understanding about sex education but is not credible.
Another problem with the blog style articles found on the website is, the articles focus on experiences only and not fact. The articles are the telling of an experiences a teen writer had, where the facts fade into the background. These experience based article are valid and contain good information but are not credible as a factual source for sex information.
Sex, Etc. is not a credible source for factual information about sex and definions of sex terms. The articles written by teens for teens are effective, but not credible; they lack information about the author and factual information. The website lacks information about their staff, teen staff writers and source. Since reader has no idea where the information and facts are coming from the source is not credible, therefore it can be concluded that Sex, Etc. is not credible source.