The Boston Public Health Commission launches a new web series about teen dating violence.
“The Halls tells the stories of three young men in Boston, and their struggles sifting through relationships, trauma, masculinity and their own identities. Tension starts building in their worlds when rumors swirl around the school about an accused rape of a student.”
Learn more here.
The Get Real Teen Council is a group of teen educators going into schools and community organizations to empower their peers to make healthy decisions.
If YOU or someone you know wants to join the Council next year and work with Planned Parenthood to educate your peers about sexual health, just fill out this application.
6 Sexual Health Lessons “Parks and Recreation” Has Taught Us
In honor of the return of Parks and Rec this week – and one of our favorite fictional sheroes, Leslie Knope – we present six sexual health lessons the show has taught us! Treat yo’self to this list and reblog with any important moments we missed.
1. Love your body. “What’s more cuterus than your uterus?”
2. “The condom is too small” isn’t a good excuse to not use protection.
3. Always have a supply of condoms on hand. (You can get free condoms at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.)
4. Talking to a parent – or another trusted adult – about sex and relationships can be awkward, but it’s important!
6. Abstinence-only sex education programs leave out important information and even sometimes providence inaccurate information. Access to comprehensive sexuality education is key!
We never got comprehensive sex ed…
“We never got comprehensive sex ed or any sort of healthy discussion about diversity and boundaries….
“I look back and think about how much difference would have been made if my school had done the simplest things early on, like talk about sex, introduce information about LGBT people, or even talk about boundaries. I believe the foundation starts at a young age, where you teach kids how to communicate and express wanting or not wanting things – and respecting those needs regardless of age.
“Please think of me and my LGBT friends before saying no to a conversation like this. We deserve rights and knowledge, as does every other person out there.”
That’s why Sex Ed Matters to Ava. What’s your story?
Sex ed matters because it’s time for a change.
“It’s time for our society to recognize what sex, sexuality, sexual health, and sexual safety truly means. While I was fortunate to grow up in a school system that supports a sex ed curriculum, it is lacking in so many areas.
While I learned the basics, I didn’t know I was missing so many pieces of the picture until I took my education into my own hands. I didn’t learn what consent truly meant; I spent three years in a relationship thinking my partner was correct in assuming consent was anything that wasn’t no, that passivity and discomfort was acceptable in a physical relationship. I didn’t learn what sex-positivity was; I grew up believing slut shaming and other sex-negative attitudes were acceptable. It’s time to change that.
It’s time to deliver well-rounded sex ed to everyone. It’s time to eliminate the need for my friends receiving abstinence-only sex ed to have to educate themselves. It’s time to remove the shame surrounding sex. It’s time to give sexual abuse and rape victims the chance to break their silence without being blamed. Sex ed matters.”
Erica from Needham, MA*
Parents and Teens Talking About Sex? Really? Yes!
The good work Planned Parenthood does, especially with regard to educating young men and women about their personal health and sexual awareness, is something that must continue in our city.