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  • Hey guys!

  • Here's a little story about my life.

  • So my mom's from a little farm town

  • where they make cheese,

  • and my dad is from Iran,

  • and I was born when they were in their early twenties.

  • During an earthquake,

  • it was bringing down the city of San Francisco actually,

  • which is where I live now,

  • but I was being born over in Utah.

  • When I was 2 years old, we moved our butts to Portland, Oregon.

  • My mom had a daycare, and one time,

  • one of these snot-nosed brats that she took care of

  • decided: "Hey, I can go throw a swing at this little baby's face!"

  • Until I was 7 or 8, I had black teeth.

  • I was pretty nerdy growing up,

  • I really loved libraries, I thought they were like magical castles.

  • It was always cold and rainy in Portland,

  • so being inside the library was like this cosy little retreat.

  • When I was maybe like 10,

  • I discovered the sex aisle!

  • I was so fascinated, I couldn't stop myself.

  • I wanted to know about penises and vaginas.

  • And then, one Sunday,

  • a leader of the church asked me if I think about sex.

  • I was like: "How does he know?!"

  • And I told him "no", and I felt so bad that I had lied!

  • So when I was 12, we moved to California for my dad's job,

  • I had to leave behind all my friends,

  • and I started spending more time at church actually in California,

  • because, it felt like I had a community and I felt less alone.

  • I was very involved. A good little child.

  • But, as I got older, I was like:

  • "I don't know about this"

  • So while I was learning how to cook

  • and to sow and to craft and to babysit,

  • my male friends, they were becoming leaders in the church.

  • So I asked one of my teachers:

  • "Why can't I be a leader, dude?"

  • And she told me God wanted me to have a different special job,

  • having lots of babies,

  • which I was really unhappy about,

  • cause I didn't want to have babies.

  • So I got involved in theater, pretty into that,

  • singing and dancing and acting,

  • and my mom had her ownů has her own theater company.

  • And I was also developing this turbulent relationship with the church

  • which was a big part of my life.

  • I started to feel like the church was

  • actually not what I used to think it was.

  • And I left and I felt free, and yet I also felt really alone.

  • So I began to search for my purpose.

  • Soon I found myself crying all the time.

  • I felt hopeless, I felt empty,

  • and I really thought a lot about killing myself,

  • I cut my arms and I popped pills

  • and I slept a lot to get away from it all.

  • My mom and dad were really scared.

  • They took me to a therapist.

  • She really coached me through my depression,

  • she helped my figure out how I could graduate high school early,

  • and at 15, I got my diploma,

  • and then I popped my little booty off to college.

  • College! Woohoo!

  • Parties and craziness, right?

  • No, actually, wrong.

  • I did say I was nerdy,

  • I didn't really party a lot,

  • I kinda kept to myself, I lived alone,

  • and I liked it that way.

  • College was where I found myself.

  • I became very politically active,

  • participated in my first protest,

  • I became a certified rape and dating violence counselor,

  • I started a bunch of sexual health programs at alternative high schools,

  • which is where they send teen moms,

  • and I was also diligently posting Sex+ every Saturday.

  • And I was really driven to use the Internet as a platform

  • to have conversations with people

  • about the things that I thought were important in the world.

  • In my senior year, I met my baby.

  • I can neither confirm nor deny that I fell in love.

  • I graduated in 2011.

  • And then I had to do this really scary thing

  • called being a grown-upů

  • My first job was working for Planned Parenthood making videos

  • which, when they offered it to me,

  • I just felt like I had one life and everything.

  • I was working on Sex+ and I started speaking at universities

  • and participating in documentaries

  • and eventually started working for Discovery as well,

  • making science videos for them,

  • and here I am!

  • I am a happy person and a stable person,

  • I know what I want in life,

  • although I'm not really sure how best to get it.

  • If there's anything I've learned from the past,

  • it's that you have to hold on to what you believe in,

  • and that you have to stay flexible,

  • and just take each day one at a time.

  • Find what makes you happy,

  • and just hold on like your life depends on it,

  • because, at least for me, it did.

  • So thanks for joining me, guys,

  • if you made this far, well, you're amazing.

  • And I hope to have another Sex+ video up for you

  • as soon as I can.

  • Love love, bye bye.

Hey guys!

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