For some reason, says educator Al Vernacchio in this Ted Talk, the metaphors for talking about sex in the US all come from baseball — scoring, getting to first base, etc. The problem is, this frames sex as a competition, with a winner and a loser. Instead, he suggests a new metaphor, one that’s more about shared pleasure, open discussion, enjoyment. Let’s talk about … pizza.
In his 12th-grade Sexuality and Society class, Al Vernacchio speaks honestly and positively about human sexuality.