Texas does not provide access to comprehensive sexuality education that would allow young people to make informed choices about sex and their bodies. Then, they take away their ability to make informed choices by limiting access to sexual healthcare services. It is a one-two punch hurting the most vulnerable Texans.
In Bangladesh, the first time my mother heard about sexual intercourse was on her wedding night. When I attended high school in New York City, my sex education teacher referred to sex as the “s-word”.
Though they happened over 24 years and 7,000 miles apart, my mom’s and my experiences with inadequate sexuality education are not unique.
For years, national advocates have pushed for federal legislation that would mandate queer-inclusive sex ed. As transgender homicides surge, experts say teaching kids that an attraction to transgender people is okay could curb the crisis.
It’s back to school time and youth across the country are preparing for a new year of science, English and math classes. But there’s another course that’s fundamental to a young person’s growth and development that many students are missing out on: comprehensive sex education.
“Plan B” depicts the struggle of two students to find emergency contraception, an all-too-familiar story—but groups like Emergency Contraception 4 Every Campus are working to change that. EC4EC focuses on supporting college students and activists to increase the accessibility of EC on their campuses.
In the United States, it often seems there are only two options when it comes to sex ed: abstinence-only or comprehensive. While comprehensive sex education is vastly better than abstinence-only, we need more—we need feminist sex ed.
The Gender Equity Education Act would create an Office for Gender Equity inside the Department of Education tasked with developing new gender equity initiatives in schools and addressing pressing issues experienced by women and girls in education, including access to STEM education, athletics, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment and assault.
This May, a coalition of reproductive justice, sexual health and feminist organizations came together to celebrate #SexEdForAll month, designed to highlight the importance of high quality sex ed.
Ms.’s Roxy Szal spoke with four experts on how to support young people as they navigate sex ed, consent and relationships.
North Dakota State University nursing professor Molly Secor-Turner has partnered with Planned Parenthood on a sex education program for high-risk youth since 2012. Last month, North Dakota lawmakers targeted this kind of collaboration when they passed a bill that would have put faculty members in jail for working with abortion providers and supporters, fine them, and impose multi-million-dollar penalties on their universities.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, access to sex ed was often inconsistent, non-inclusive or even medically wrong. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated these flaws in our sex education system. But it has also given us an opportunity to push for comprehensive sex ed.