The first time I read about sex I couldn't have been more than 12. As part of a program my school had with the Detroit Public Library, the librarians (or a representative) showed up every two weeks with a set of pre-selected books until everyone in the class had theoretically read them all (barring lost/misplaced books and lazy readers)*. I can't be sure what the criteria was in the selection process, but it seems likely that they were on the bestseller list. The book that ironically I enjoyed the most was Rats Saw God written by Rob Thomas**.
Flash forward to today, parents are up-in-arms about series like Gossip Girl and Twilight (both of which I've read in their completeness) permeating the shelves of elementary school libraries and exposing their children to the raw truth of adolescents. But the truth is, kids today are much more likely to be effected by this kind of information than they were when I was in middle school over a decade ago. Statistically, teens are engaging in sex, and sexually-related activities, at alarmingly early ages; "Spin-the-Bottle" is no longer a parent's worse nightmare and "7-Minutes in Heaven" has taken on a whole new meaning. Realistically, even if you take away books that contain sexual content, sex is still all around us: advertisements, clothing, television shows. "Sex sells" is a reality that we as a society created and it doesn't look like its going anywhere, anytime soon.
Sex is great, but not when your still young enough that someone has to explain to you why.
*I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize for never returning this book to DPL, I am still in possession of it (located securely in a box somewhere in my basement) if you'd like it back. Feel free to contact me via Twitter!
**This is the same Rob Thomas who later became the creative genius behind one of my favorite television series of all time, Veronica Mars.