SexPositive ideal sex education
I recently responded to a question about my ideal sex-positive sex education curriculum, and as someone pointed out, questions aren’t really re-blog friendly. I also forgot to include any information about LGBT individuals (major oversight, my apologies). So here it is again. Thank you all for your positive responses!
My ideal sex-education curriculum would start young, focusing on personal safety. Children around kindergarten-age (age 5) would be taught about self worth and their private areas, and learn that only themselves, parents, doctors and specified adults can touch these areas. At this time, I would expect that children learn that LGBT people exist in terms of other adults. (Kids can have two daddies, one mommy and one daddy, or just one mommy, etc.)
Closer to the age when puberty begins (age 10), adolescents would be taught about the general logistics about sex (sperm, egg, uterus), as well as specific changes in puberty (menstruation, pubic hair). Birth control methods would be introduced, as a way to prevent pregnancy and diseases. LGBT identities would be introduced, so that kids who are questioning their orientation can begin to find resources available to them.
Around the age right before sexual activity generally begins (age 14 or 15), adolescents would have a very in depth program about both male and female bodies, pregnancy, STIs and other potential health issues, birth control, LGBT identities, sexual assault and healthy relationships. There would be a brief, but thorough mention about safer sex in the LGBT community, since there is a lack of information for lesbian and bi women, and a lot of fear-based information for gay and bi men. There would be an abundance of resources where to seek more information, as well as an environment where students feel they can ask questions and receive serious answers.
Finally just before college-age, (age 18) a specific educational program would target sexual assault and rape, the “hooking up” culture, alcohol and drugs, healthy relationships, and review pregnancy and disease prevention. Resources would again be listed, especially for the area in which the young adults live in.
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