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Sex Ed in the News

Parents in Victoria, Australia Shocked Over High School’s Push of Abstinence-Focused Sex Ed Parents of students at Officer Secondary College were displeased upon receiving an email promoting abstinence as part of the school’s Respectful Relationships curriculum, a state government initiative aimed at stamping out domestic violence, and which is also designed to challenge gender stereotypes… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

U.S. Senators Reintroduce Bill To Expand Sex Ed Programs A group of U.S. Senators has reintroduced a bill that would significantly expand sex ed programs, ensuring federal funding for programs that are “evidence-based, age appropriate, medically accurate, and culturally appropriate.” Called the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (REHYA), it would establish stricter criteria for sex… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

 Parents in San Diego Continue to Protest Sex Ed Curriculum We’ve linked in the past to stories of parents in the San Diego Unified School District calling for a suspension of the present sex ed curriculum. The unrest continues, and parents in the district have created an online petition calling for the program’s suspension. At… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Trump’s Proposed 2018 Budget Favors Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Doing what he does best, sexologist Justin Lehmiller gives a breakdown of how Trump’s proposed 2018 budget would provide more funding to abstinence-only sex ed programs than ever before. Check out the numbers here. Georgia Public Schools Continue to Field Sex Ed Complaints In Gwinnett County, Georgia, parents, students,… Read more »

13 Reasons Why Bullying Prevention Is An Important Part of Sex Ed

Earlier this year, Netflix released the 13-episode, original TV series 13 Reasons Why, a drama-mystery about a high school student who commits suicide after a series of bullying incidents. While the show received positive reviews from many critics, it also brought controversy, with many viewers criticizing its portrayals of teen angst, depression, self-harm, and suicidal ideation, warning… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Abstinence-Only Programs Rebrand Themselves With The Term ‘Sexual Risk Avoidance’ With plans to renew funding for abstinence-based sexual education programs looming, those behind such programs are attempting an image rebranding, renaming themselves sexual risk avoidance programs. Such linguistic wordplay is an attempt to project an image of public health promotion. Salon has a great write-up… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

How Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Affect Sex Ed Probably one of the largest concerns since the presidential election has been the question of what impact the election results would have on sex ed funding going forward. Over the past eight years, more and more funding has been funneled toward comprehensive sex ed programs, while funding… Read more »

How To Be A Responsible Bystander

I have—as of late—been researching programs that allow women to reclaim their sexuality, and to push back against those who would marginalize them and sexualize them against their will. Among these programs are those on bystander education. It’s a form of social justice advocacy that intrigues me, and which focuses on more than just the same… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Arkansas Student Receives 25K Signatures Pushing for Required Sex Education A student in Arkansas was inspired by an assignment in her public speaking class that had her researching teen pregnancy statistics across the state. Deciding that the answer lay in mandated sex education, she circulated a petition on the topic, which has garnered more than… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

School Board in Edmonton, Canada Calls for More Comprehensive Sex Ed Folks on the Edmonton Public Schools board in Alberta, Canada discussed sex education at their latest meeting, amid concerns that what was already being offered was sub-par. At the meeting, board members passed a motion to call on the Alberta government for “more comprehensive, medically based,… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Palo Alto Becomes Latest California District To Bump Up Again New Laws Parents in Palo Alto, California, are threatening legal action because of the new sex ed curriculum being offered to middle schoolers. The school district updated their curriculum in order to remain in compliance with California’s Healthy Youth Act. Parents insist, however, that the… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

N.H. Bill Would Require Schools To Give Parents Notice Before Teaching Sex Ed In New Hampshire, a bill that’s on the table would require schools to give parents two weeks’ notice before teaching sex ed or human sexuality. Backers of the bill, which has passed the Legislature, say it would let parents ensure their children are… Read more »

When Asking for Help Is a Sign of Strength

Last time we took a peek into the Let’s Erase Bullying manual, we saw how we might enable teens to puzzle out alternative means of dealing with the drama of their lives. Sometimes, however, problems are too large for them to handle themselves. And they shouldn’t have to. Which is why the second lesson in Let’s Erase Bullying concerns reaching… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

New Sex Ed Curriculum Struck Down in California School District After Parent Uproar We’ve mentioned previously the difficulty in ensuring compliance with California’s Healthy Youth Act in every district across the state. Perfectly illustrating this difficulty is a story out of the Cupertino Union School District. The district has been attempting to vet new curricula,… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Lebanon Hosting First LGBT Sexual Health Week The Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health (LebMASH) is planning a health week in Lebanon, during which they will focus on how the marginalization of the LGBTI community affects mental health. Although Lebanon is one the most progressive countries in the Middle East regarding LGBT issues, it is still… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

St. Louis Parents Continue To Advocate Against Thrive We’ve been following the controversy over Thrive St. Louis here on the blog for the past several weeks. The latest bit of news shows that parents are really stepping up in terms of educating the public on why they’re so concerned about the curriculum Thrive provides. Next week, they’re… Read more »

Who Should We Invite Into Our Lives? On Unequal Partners

This past week has seen the shocking revelation that Miki Agrawal, the former CEO of Thinx (the makers of “period underwear”), was fostering a “hostile environment” for her employees. And the most recent story to come to light is that she was sexually harassing her employees, engaging in unwanted groping, inappropriate office talk, and more…. Read more »