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What I Wish Someone Told Me About Having Sex

"I thought I knew everything there was to know about having safe sex..."

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This spoken-word poem by Daysha Edewi captures the IRL experience of what it's like to know nothing about safe sex. "I thought I knew everything there was to know about having safe sex. Always carry a condom, and never, ever get pregnant."

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"People love to talk about how to avoid STIs of the physical kind, but nobody likes to talk about the STIs that can destroy your mind."

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"Was this supposed to be a one-time thing or, my favorite one..."

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That moment you realize what your sister told you was totally TRUE...

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"You are a goddess that is truly worth sacrificing for."

...but, of course, you listen to the man instead.

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As time goes by, you think, But my momma said "patience was a virtue" and you said, "baby I'd never want to hurt you..."

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And in the end, you get these results:

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"It was all fun and games when I let you up in me, but now you won't even take joint custody."

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"So if you're going to choose to be with her over me, well...I guess you have to do what's best, then. I guess that I just wish that we had taken the time to use both mental and physical protection."

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"And have a conversation about what this all really meant...before we had sex."