September: Sex Ed
Culture Change: Equity in Sexual Health and Pregnancy Prevention Education
Jennifer Driver, SIECUS
Comprehensive sexuality education is more than just teaching safe sex. It’s about dismantling the systems of power, oppression, and misinformation that allow today’s biggest sexual and reproductive health and rights injustices to exist in the first place. Content will focus on the many topics relevant to create equity including LGBTQ inclusion; sexual violence prevention; racial, sexualized stereotypes that put people of color at greater risk of experiencing violence; harmful gender stereotypes; consent practices; and more.
Demonstrate how to message pregnancy prevention without shame and stigma.
Explain the importance of sex ed programs that take into account lived experiences of young people.
A Sex-Positive Approach
Ariel Kirklen & Linda Fyffe, Planned Parenthood Greater Texas
During this session, the presenters will discuss ways in which sexual health education can in many cases present very shaming messaging to all teens, and can make young people unwilling to engage in conversations and problem solving around the topic. In listing a variety of the ways in which sex is "bad", educators can sometimes unconsciously use messages that shame sexuality and certain sexual ideas and practices. Attendees will learn ways to have sex-positive conversations with young people while continuing to get the message across of safety and risk reduction.
Define what it means to be “sex-positive”, and specify its relation to sexuality education strategies
Recognize ways in which youth-serving professionals, sexuality education or teen pregnancy prevention sources use shaming or fear-based messaging
List strategies to incorporate a sex positive lens in your work