Sexuality Education Policies Continue To Fluctuate Across the U.S.
New Sex Ed Bill on the Table in Ohio
Ohio has a new bill pending—Senate Bill 101—that would ensure that contraceptive methods be taught in school. If this bill were passed, mandatory HIV/AIDS prevention education would also be accurately provided. The bill also includes an optional comprehensive sexual health education program, though school districts would be able to opt out.
Americans React to the Sexuality Education Offerings in Other Countries
It’s interesting to observe the ways in which various cultures approach sexuality education, particularly the information they choose to share with their youth, and when. Several educational tools from abroad have been making the rounds in the past week: this How a Baby Is Made book from the Netherlands, and this video about puberty from Norway. People are split over how appropriate—or not—these educational tools actually are. Would you use these with your kids?
Bill to Bar Planned Parenthood in Schools Advances
In past installments of Sex Ed in the News, we mentioned that a bill in Alaska that would ban Planned Parenthood from involvement in school sexuality education offerings. This past week, Senate Bill 89 was advanced, and will now move on to the Health and Social Services Committee. A hearing date is not yet scheduled.
AAUP Releases Report Critical of Title IX
In a new report from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), a spotlight is shone on Title IX. The AAUP’s report evaluates the history and current uses of Title IX, and identifies how current interpretations of Title IX can oftentimes conflict with “the academic freedom essential for campus life to thrive.” The report concludes with recommendations for how best to address campus sexual assault and harassment.
Sex-Positive Sex Toy Shop Offers Week of Adult Sex Ed
The staff and educators at the Tool Shed, a sex-positive sex toy shop in Milwaukee, are sponsoring the first-ever Milwaukee SHARE (Sexual Health and Relationship Education) series, from April 3 to 10. If you’re in the area, you’ll have the opportunity to attend events on everything from sex and aging to how parents can teach their kids about consent.