One of the fun things at the National Sex Ed Conference last week was the pre-conference workshop that I led on the Sex Ed Network.
For those of you unfamiliar (…and the only possible reason for this would be you’re not yet on Bill’s email list…let me know and I’ll rectify that right away!), the Sex Ed Network is an online space where the Center for Sex Education provides digital access to their lesson plans through an annual membership. There is also a budding discussion board section where we can come together, ask questions, share expertise, etc.
The attendees of the pre-conference workshop were most excited to hear that the lesson plans from Teaching Safer Sex were now included on the Network in their entirety. We ended up reading through quite a few of the lesson plans from TSS, and that’s gotten me excited about this fantastic set of manuals again. (Among other things, TSS won the 2013 AASECT Book Award!)
So I’m going to spend a few days reviewing some of my favorite lessons from these two manuals. Today I want to touch on the lesson by Al Vernacchio that presents his pizza model of sex.
“YOU’RE OUT, BASEBALL!”: A Healthier, More Equitable, Satisfying and Safer Model for Sexual Activity
By Al Vernacchio, MSEd
By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:
- Write their own definitions of the term having sex and make a comparison between it and the more inclusive term sexual activity.
- Identify one key difference between the “baseball” and “pizza” models when considering each of the following: the starting point of sexual activity; the behavior during sexual activity; and the expected outcome of sexual activity.
- Name two ways of adopting the pizza model that can help partners make their sexual activity safer.