When it comes to YouTubers, we’ve learned far too many times that not all press is good press. As more traditional media jumps on the trend of rising online stars, we end up with far too many messy and poorly researched op-eds and hot-takes that nobody asked for. However, as far as Laci Green is concerned, the latest from the New York Times might just be considered downright harmful.
This week, sex-ed creator Laci responded to an article titled “The Sex-Ed Queens of YouTube Don’t Need a Ph.D.” The thought-piece was published on the news giant’s site this weekend from “feminist writer” Amanda Hess; and profiled not only Laci, but several of her YouTube-based sex-ed colleagues such as Hannah Witton and Shannon Boodram.
However, rather than praise these creators as a much-needed self-made alternative to shoddy school-based sex education – as it appears to on the surface – the article is full of tone-deaf remarks about these women and their lack of experience or formal qualification. Quotes like “a dazzling sex-ed cyborg” and “getting older may be the only taboo” make up a weirdly hyper-critical hot-take, that just cheapens the message that many of these women are trying to share with their audiences.
Thankfully, Laci Green is having none of it.
In a scathing and pointed Medium article, Laci vents her frustration at “another out-of-touch traditional media outlet”, and breaks down why Hess’ main points of the article are more poorly researched and inaccurate than she claims. Most pointedly, highlighting the sex educators on YouTube who do have qualifications and were conveniently left out of the article; including “Sexplanations” host Dr. Lindsey Doe.
“Why wasn’t Dr. Doe included?” asks Laci. “I suppose that to do so would challenge the manufactured spectacle of ‘silly sex girls on YouTube who aren’t doctors.'”
Laci also points out the blatant sexism in claiming that a youthful personality is the only reason that sex-ed creators thrive on the site.
“[I] take issue with a respected news outlet falsely characterizing the movement for comprehensive sex education as an un-educated, nudity-fueled gimmick that will burn out when we get wrinkles.”
Other sex-ed YouTubers referenced in the article have also taken to social media to vocalise their disappointment with the article, and share their support for Laci’s counter-piece.
Amanda Hess has yet to respond to Laci’s rebuttal or any other reaction from the women referenced in her article.
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