Thank you, readers! Stay tuned!

As an aspiring teacher, I knew this research would interest me. However, I didn’t know to what extent. After learning a substantial amount about sex education across the country and across the world, I strongly believe that I found a passion of mine. With so many improvements to be made in the field of sexual education, I hope to lead many initiatives to make forward progress at all possible.

My hope is that you found these posts interesting as well and I have motivated you to take some sort of stand for sex education in schools, whether it is your school or your child’s education. Sex education is critical for healthy sexual development of all individuals and I hope that my blog has motivated you to continue to learn more about your sexual health.

Stay tuned for many more posts in the near future! Shoutout to AU’s American Studies Professor Stef Woods who encouraged me to start this blog!

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After glancing back at my findings, I came to several valuable conclusions:

  1. It is important to have talk about sex with your kids, but leave the rest (that you’re uncomfortable discussing, or don’t know much about) for the sex educators at school.
  2. Dan Savage is one of the many helpful sex educators that can be contacted in a time of need. Seek out people who can provide you with resources to make responsible sexual decisions.
  3. Get involved in Sex Week at your school. Help supply condoms, lube and other forms of contraception to students. Advocate for safe sex and encourage others to be responsible as well.
  4. Parents, fight for mandatory sex education in your child’s school. Know what type of sex ed your child will receive (abstinence-only or abstinence based) before piggybacking on concepts that he/she learns in school.
  5. Remember that everyone is unique. Some people identify as a gender that is inconsistent with the sex they were assigned at birth. While this poses conflict with sexual norms in society, it is up to the community to welcome him/her in with open arms, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity (as seen on Glee).
  6. Be aware of the bills passing in your state. Do you want to live in a state like Tennessee where there is a limit on your exposure to homosexuality? Or do you want your kids to know that their friends are raised by gay parents?
  7.  Use your judgment to monitor or even restrict your child’s exposure to the media, especially the Internet and television/movies.
  8. Do not try to combat your sexual urges by playing soccer.

Parents know everything, right? Not about sex.

Have you ever wondered how your parents learned about sex? How were things in the generation before us? And before?

As Care2 mentions in their article about Adult Sex Education, “no one is born knowing everything about sex and what we were taught in high school is not that helpful as adults” (Madsen). Therefore, the common misconception that parents know everything and never made mistakes is now proven to be a misconception. For that matter, we are nation in desperate need of a large group therapy session on adult sexuality (Madsen).

When I think of sex education, I assume we’re talking about educating kids or students in grade school. However, we neglect to focus on the importance of educating adults as well. Adults often keep up to date on sex and sexuality by researching on the internet, just as kids do, although this is often the easiest way to receive false information.

Pamela Madsen, a sexologist and educator, agrees that there should be more resources for adults as well as students, to refresh themselves on sexuality and keep up with the times; especially when it comes time to educate their children.

For starters, Pamela suggests adults: 1) read The Pleasure Mechanics; 2) check out speaking or working with a sexologist; and 3) attend a workshop; to name a few. All of these suggestions are ways to start staying more up to date with sex ed!

 

 

Works Cited:

Madsen, Pamela. “Adult Sex Education.” Care2, 29 Mar. 2012. Web. 20 Apr. 2012.

Sexual urges resolved by soccer in Thailand

In Bangkok, Thailand, high school seniors are required to take a multiple-choice test to place them in given university (Bunluesilp). This test was essentially asking them which of the following was a better option to choose when they have a sexual urge.

A-    Call your friends and go play soccer

B-    Talk to your family

C-    Try to sleep

D-   Go out with a friend of the opposite sex

E-    Invite a close friend to see a movie

This seems like a no-brainer to many, as we would choose the most realistic answer, D – go on a date. However, most students were unsure how to respond and the general consensus of students was to choose answer B – talk to your family (Bunluesilp).

Surprisingly enough, the answers were revealed and Thai youth were actually encouraged to deal with sexual urges by playing soccer. In other words, this answer clarified that “Thai officials have a total lack of understanding about the lives of teenagers and the importance of sensible sex education” (Bunluesilp). Meanwhile, pregnancy continues to be a huge issue in Thailand and many students claim their school did not teach them nearly enough about sex education.

From these articles, I see an ongoing trend, reflecting the lack of sexual knowledge of both students and teachers. Neither of them know enough to teach or make responsible sexual decisions, especially in Thailand where there is a bizarre correlation between sexual urges and soccer.

Does anyone else think this is bizarre?

 

 

Works Cited:

Bunluesilp, Ploy. “Soccer or Sex? Thai Teens Ponder Puzzling Choice.” World News. NBC, 19 Apr. 2012. Web. 20 Apr. 2012.

How should our kids learn about sex?

Once again, according to US News Health, parents are trying to gain control of their children’s media access, to prevent them from exposure to negative images. Instead, parents are encouraged to step up and help children learn how to become responsible human beings (“Children, Sex, and the Media”).

According to statistics this past year, parents have not been very successful in monitoring the sexual responsibility of their children. The United States has the “highest rate of teen pregnancies in the developed world and 25 percent of American teenagers have a sexually transmitted disease” (“Children, Sex, and the Media”). Instead of turning to parents to answer sex questions, teens find their answers in the media. In order for parents to regain control and monitor their child’s sexual behavior, they must do the following: 1) Limit all screen media time to a maximum of two hours a day; 2) Get the TV and computer out of children’s bedrooms; and 3) Use sex in the media to do on-the-spot sexual education (“Children, Sex, and the Media”).

In my opinion, number 3 is most important because it allows for parental involvement, as opposed to passive aggressive behavior of turning off the television. Number 3 will help parents relate to their children and ease into the conversation of sex while there may never be a better time to bring it up.

In terms of proper, responsible media usage, US News also suggests that parents: 1) Ban the TV from the kids’ bedrooms; 2) Turn off the TV during dinner; 3) Ask your kids about their “media day”; 4) Set rules for your kids’ media consumption; and 5) Turn off your phone (Shute).

Most importantly, you have to be a role model for your children; however, I don’t think you need to set such strict rules surrounding media usage. Children in the next generation will learn how to adapt to their environment and will learn how they work best, whether it be in a noisy environment or in a quiet setting. Either way, these parental involvement suggestions are only meant to offer alternative ways to solve an overexposure to media. Most families should handle such issues on a case by case basis.

How would you handle this situation – if your child spend 6 hours a day watching television, on the internet, and on his/her phone?

 

 

Works Cited:

“Children, Sex, and the Media: 3 Ways for Parents to Gain Control.” US News. U.S.News & World Report, 01 Sept. 2010. Web. 16 Apr. 2012.

Shute, Nancy. “5 Ways to Make Kids’ Media Use Safe and Healthy.” US News. U.S.News & World Report, 20 Jan. 2010. Web. 20 Apr. 2012.

Homosexuality introduced in schools – To be, or not to be?

In Tennessee, teachers are quieting down during conversations about homosexuality, as the “Don’t Say Gay Bill” cleared the House education committee on Sunday (Hubbard).  What this means is that the Republicans who dominate the Tennessee legislature are taking a very active role in public education and have created a bill that “prohibits the teaching or furnishing of materials on human sexuality other than heterosexuality in public school grades K-8” (Rosenthal). In the event that a teacher or school violates the state’s sex education policy, teachers will face a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail, according to state law – and this bill passed the Senate last year (Hubbard).

That is appalling.

Whether you want your children exposed to homosexuality at a young age or not is not up to the government. Educators have every right to discuss the different types of family that exist in society today. They have to encourage students to acknowledge and accept reality.

Those who are in denial of such relations and disagree with homosexuality; those people can impose their own beliefs on their children at home, on their own time.

What do you think? Who should impose beliefs on students?  Why can’t educators acknowledge peoples differences? What if one student is raised by a same-sex couple? Can this student not participate in a discussion about family or parental guidance?

 

 

Works Cited:

Hubbard, Julie. “‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Advances in the House.” The Tennessean. 18 Apr. 2012. Web. 19 Apr. 2012.

Rosenthal, Andrew. “Don’€™t Say €˜Gay. Do Say €˜’Intelligent Design.’™.” The Loyal Opposition. 18 Apr. 2012. Web. 19 Apr. 2012.

Glee “comes out” with a transgender character… thoughts?

According to Instinct Magazine, Glee “made waves and history by introducing its first transgender character” on the Tuesday night, April 17 (Higbee).  The transgender character, Unique, is an African-American student and performer, hoping to find her place as an outsider in the high school community (Higbee). Previously known as Wade, a shy student from a different high school, Unique stormed through the halls of McKinley High and sought out Kurt and Mercedes to help clarify his identity on-stage. While Kurt identifies as a man, he was still able to provide some insight on how to dress differently and flaunt it.

As a proud child of GLAAD, Glee took steps in the right direction to expose a controversial public figure on national television. With the help of faithful Glee fans, Unique’s appearance was received well and she will likely be returning for another episode in the near future.

Fortunately, this portrayal was done surprisingly well and I applaud Glee for making such a daring move. I hope that we will continue to see new characters of all sexual orientations and with various identities, to help expose the younger generation to our “uniqueness” at an early age – to essentially create a more tolerant society in the near future. Same goes for educating students; at an early age, students should learn that it is okay to be different.

What do you think? Is it appropriate to introduce a transgender character on a television show for young adults? Should transgender identity be covered in sex education?

 

 

Works Cited:

“Glee.” FOX. Web. 19 Apr. 2012.

Higbee, Jonathan. ‘Glee’ Welcomes Its First Trans Character (Video). 18 Apr. 2012. Web. 19 Apr. 2012.

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