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BBC radio asked Leah, is 16 too early?

BBC Radio 'After the Watershed' spoke to us this evening about losing one's virginity and if 16 is too early as a recent research article found that a third of women and a quarter of men regret having had sex early in life.

Virginity. What a topic, forever discussed as a matter of a legal issue. Yet, let's stop for a second and consider the facts:

* Sex is equally a physical and a mental activity.

* Age is not a measure of maturity.

* Virginity is not a one time thing, it's a process of continuous exploration and doing new things at every stage in life.

* The virginity discourse is mostly focused on penetrative sex between men and women, it is engulfed in a hetero-centric language discriminating LGBTQIA+ communities and experiences of sexual experiences that may not be penetrative and involving penis - vagina intercourse.

Three of the many reasons why you should not have sex: * Pressure. From anyone or anything - it's not worth it. * Fear of missing out. Rushing it because you think you'd miss out means you're more likely to miss out on a positive and mature experience than if you take your time.

* To be popular and create or maintain a 'status'.

The one and only reason why you should have sex:

* Because you want it for yourself.

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