“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.
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.