Something Disturbing Happens When You Search Google for "Penis"
Thank goodness there's Google, right?
A Google spokesperson confirmed it in an email to Mic on Thursday. "Autocomplete predictions are produced based on a number of factors including the popularity of search terms," the spokesperson said.
"We do remove offensive or inappropriate content from autocomplete predictions."
Average "vargina" size? That's exactly what 13-year-old girls want to know about their changing bodies!
It doesn't stop there. We tried searching Google for other common sex topics, and met similar outcomes. In some cases, autofill results only featured misspelled sex terms, like "cliturous" and "orgasim" — presumably because the search engine only removed the correctly spelled versions of the words.
This isn't what most teens are looking to, er, mastur:
Let's work on finding the clitoris before we move on to the "cliturous":
No orgasms for anyone, but plenty of "orgasims":
If curious teens are encountering these kinds of results, it may feel like their computers — and not just their parents and teachers — are discouraging them from thinking or talking about sex.
That's a problem. Despite what GOP lawmakers may say, research has shown sex education is a great way to improve adolescents' sexual health. A 2008 study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that teaching teens about contraception was not associated with increased risk of sexual activity or sexually transmitted disease.
Another telling fact? "Adolescents who received comprehensive sex education had a lower risk of pregnancy than adolescents who received abstinence-only or no sex education," the researchers found.
Learning about sex is important — and if teens can't do it in the classroom, they should at least be able to Google to their hearts' content.