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.
"Not only would I support comprehensive sex ed, I would support one that is LGBT inclusive as well.”
- Doug Arbetter, candidate for Worcester School Committee.
Could you assemble and name all these parts of the male anatomy?? If not, join PPLM to get certified as a sexuality educator!