Consent must be expanded in its conceptualization and teaching. Consent education for all is vital, it is not political fodder—it is the foundation for civility, human dignity, decency, and the creation and retention of a safe and equitable society.
For much of the early 20th century, sex education served to maintain social order and reinforce the interlocking systems of capitalism, patriarchy and white supremacy.
SIECUS’s new resource “History of Sex Education,” provides an overview of the evolution of sex ed and some upcoming policies.
In early 2020, when abortion gag rules began to arise in national courts, the Phan sisters, inspired by their own struggles in reproductive health, created Fort Bend Students United for Reproductive Freedom (SURF), a youth-led organization that facilitates civic engagement and sex ed in schools.
Talking about our reproductive health can help end the taboos and stigma around sex and contraception.
Iconic feminist sex educator Betty Dodson—the godmother of female masturbation—passed away late last year at the age 91.
When I interviewed many of the women who had known her, and were truly inspired by her over the years, it became apparent to me that she had always been this force of nature, so powerful in her enthusiastic embrace of a woman’s innate right to own her erotic power that she convinced her own mother to pose naked for her at the beginning of her career as an erotic artist.
On the heels of oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo—a Supreme Court case that many fear may signal the beginning of the end of Roe v. Wade—comes a new video geared toward young people that talks honestly and openly about abortion. Upon the release of this video, Ms. sat down for with Tracie Q. Gilbert, co-founder of AMAZE.org, who breaks down the motivation behind the video and the need for open, honest, shame-free communication on the topic of abortion.
After Kakenya Ntaiya achieved her own education goals, she decided to go back to Kenya and give back to her rural community by redefining what girls’ lives should look like. So, in 2009, she started a school where girls could be girls, not wives.
(So do students in schools across the country.)
Sex education can be a life-saving and-changing form of violence prevention. I want this—not just for my daughters, but for all young people like them. And I’m not alone.
“I think that’s really why I do what I do—because I am so angry at not being told about sex.”