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Sex Education in Schools

By January 3, 2012 - 8:55pm

Where did you first learn about sex ed? Was it in school? What was your experience?

By January 5, 2012 - 7:07pm

Hi Susan,

Thanks so much for joining the group and sharing your story! I completely agree that sex ed should begin in the home and your age suggestions sound right on. Puberty is such a turning point and should be celebrated and embraced rather than uncomfortable and embarrassing.

Since many of the schools where I live don't offer comprehensive reproductive health education, and many parents are apprehensive about talking with their kids about sex (due to their own reservations and beliefs), there are other organizations that have been established to do so. A group called Girlology, founded by two local OB/GYN's provides workshops for teens and their parents to talk about puberty, self-esteem, the power of saying no, and using protection. This is one of many organizations that are currently filling the sex education gap that exhists in SC.

I am thankful for the fact that I first learned about sex ed in 5th grade (girls in one class, boys in another) and up through High School (condom demonstrations and personal stories from my teacher of how her knowledge helped her say no). 

I definitely agree that schools need to re-focus on what is important, and what "sticks" when it comes to sex ed. We could also benefit from revisiting American attitudes towards sex in general. The documentary "Let's Talk About Sex", takes a look at how our attitudes about adolescent sexuality impact teens and provides a vision for the future regarding the culture of sex in America as it pertains to parents, schools, and society.

It is exactly as you said, knowledge about sex is every young persons right and parents responsibility.


January 5, 2012 - 7:07pm
By HERWriter Guide January 5, 2012 - 5:45pm

Hi Sondra

Thanks for starting this Group!

Like many, I "learned" from friends, and then via sex ed at the age of 12. However, we were taught by a panel of nuns, in the Catholic way, so it was about as helpful as a drop of water at sea.

Sex ed at school is important but it HAS to start at home and it should ideally begin around the age of 4 or 5 if kids ask about where babies come from. If they don't ask, it should be at around age 8. Kids as young as 9 have periods and pubic hair so they need to learn sooner than later!

 Our kids are 5, 6 and 7 and have had sex ed (ie - asking questions and getting real, but age appropriate, answers). No embarrassment, no big deal.

Sex ed in many schools just isn't up to par. Anyone can learn the biology but based on the many hundreds (if not thousands at this stage!) of questions that EmpowHER receives, young women need to really know exactly how one can get pregnant, as well as the dangers of STIs/STDs. They also need to have group work done (with their peers) so that young women stop thinking that blow job parties will make them popular and they need to realize that respect for their own bodies is key. That, and the power of the word 'no'.

Schools need to focus on so much more than putting a condom over a cucumber and talking about monthly cycles and sperm. But if schools won't or can't do it, there is no reason for us not doing it at home. Embarrassment over this topic is something I just don't understand. Knowledge about sex and sexuality is every young person's right and it's the parents' responsibilities to provide this .



January 5, 2012 - 5:45pm

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The Reproductive Health Advocacy group is about speaking up for our sexual health rights, communicating with elected officials about the importance of policies that support prevention and comprehensive sex education, protecting the right to have access to clinical and counseling services. This is a place to share your stories about how you learned about sex ed, what you have done to advocate, what reproductive health advocacy means to you, and why you feel it's important.


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