WHY '90S TEEN MOVIES ARE ACTUALLY THE BEST SEX EDUCATION

In the 1995 classic Now & Then, there's a scene in which the uptight and rule abiding Chrissy is approached by her mom who decides it's time to talk about "the facts." "You mean sex," Chrissy counters. And that's "very scary for Mommy." (Evidently, "it's like somebody going, 'Boo!' - 'Ah!' that's what sex is.")

Chrissy might have had the worst sex talk imaginable but she goes on to learn from her "trashmouth" friends all about the intricacies of French kissing, breast sizes, and hard-ons. It's also how anyone who grew up watching teen films in the nineties learned the ins and outs of sexual health in a way our public school systems could only dream of teaching.

That's because twenty years back, there was no "right" way to have sex in teen movies. Some teen characters desperately thirsted for it, some abstained, and some were so nonchalant about sex that it was hardly worth mentioning the whos, whens, and wheres of it. (Here's looking at you, Dazed and Confused.) And this was great: If the only wrong way to have sex was if it was being forced on someone, as in a rape or sexual assault, it erased the concept of sexual norms. For '90s movie teens, sex became merely a part of life, subject only to the terms of whoever's having it. via Paper