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Forum 5: Talking About Sex Education

Read this article on sex education from National Public Radio. Were you encouraged to discuss issues of power in your own sex education? Do you agree or disagree with the interviewee's perspective, and why?



Assignment 5: Conflict Resolution - Setting Ground Rules

Imagine a scenario in which you and a new partner are discussing testing for sexually transmitted infections. Devise a strategy for addressing this issue with your partner. Write out a role-play conversation with your partner using the effective communication strategies discussed in this lesson.

Your script must be at least 650 words long. Your script should demonstrate accurate knowledge of sexually transmitted diseases, and how to test for them. Use at least 2 references to support your work.

If you would like, you may write a script for a couple that differs from your personal experience (culturally or in terms of orientation, for example) or even write a script detailing how you would convince two clients of yours to get tested.

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Public Health Sex Ed Works Better When It Addresses Power In Relationships • • • • May 17, 20157:18 AM ET Maanvi Singh iStockphoto At schools that offer comprehensive sex education, students tend to get the biology and the basics — they'll learn about sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, how to put a condom on a banana and the like. But some public health researchers and educators are saying that's not enough. They're making the case that sex ed should include discussion about relationships, gender and power dynamics. "The idea here is that sex is a relationship issue — you don't get HIV by just sitting there by yourself, nor do you get chlamydia or gonorrhea, nor do you get pregnant," says Ralph DiClemente, a professor of public health at Emory University. Knowing how to communicate and negotiate with sexual partners, and knowing how to distinguish between healthy and abusive sexual relationships, are as important as knowing how to put on a condom, DiClemente says. So, over the past decade, researchers have developed "empowerment based" sex ed programs that address the social and biological aspects of puberty and sex. Youth Radio Puberty Is Coming Earlier, But That Doesn't Mean Sex Ed Is The programs often start out with broad discussions about gender norms and gender inequality. For example, SISTA — a sex ed program that DiClemente helped develop for young AfricanAmerican women — starts off by having students discuss the perks and challenges of being young women. And then, in addition to learning about contraceptives, they talk about how to discuss safe sex with partners. "They play out, for example, how do they negotiate with their sex partner, particularly if they're in a disempowered relationship," DiClemente says. "And maybe their boyfriend doesn't want to use a condom and is threatening to leave, to hurt her." The goal is to help young women feel empowered to ask for what they want from their sexual partners. "And to feel good about themselves, so if they decide they want to be assertive with their partner, they can do that," DiClemente says. Children's Health It May Be 'Perfectly Normal', But It's Also Frequently Banned Similar programs geared toward young men emphasize the importance of empathy and kindness toward women and explore what it means to be a good man. And some programs, geared toward mixed groups of men and women, include lessons about harassment, as well as respect toward people with different sexual identities. Elementary school students in the Los Angles Unified School District learn about gender norms and human rights even before they learn about sex. Through a program called iMatter, fifth- and sixth-graders learn about puberty alongside lessons on body image and harassment. "They also learn about gender norms, and try to break down these barriers between pink and blue," says Tim Kordic, who helps coordinate the program at LA Unified. The approach seems to work. A recent study published in International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health reviewed evaluations of 22 sex education programs for adolescents and young adults, comparing how effective they were in reducing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. NPR Ed A Classic Prep For Parenthood, But Is The Egg All It's Cracked Up To Be? It found that while 17 percent of the traditional sex education programs lowered rates of pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease, 80 percent of the programs that address gender and power lowered rates. All told, programs that addressed gender or power were five times as likely to be effective as those that did not. The results aren't all that surprising, says Nicole Haberland, the study's lead author and a researcher at the Population Council, a nonprofit research organization focused on sexual health. "In the past, study after study has found that young people who adhere to harmful gender norms have worse sexual and reproductive health outcomes," she says. Young men are bombarded with messages that trivialize violence against women or pressure men to be tough, Haberland says. "And in the media, women are told they shouldn't be sexual, but they should look sexy." By helping young people sort through these ideas and understand what healthy relationships look like, sex education programs can help them make better decisions about sex and relationships, she says.
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Talking About Sex Education

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Reading the National Public Radio's article about sex education led me to great realizations
regarding the importance of offering sex education to youths. The article is full of great ideas and
concepts that are relevant and applicable to the youths and society in today's living. As a member
of society who is concerned with the health of the society and the reduction of illness cases, I
support the perspective of the interviewee. The interviewee shows great concern in making the sex
education affordable at all necessary levels of the society and hence ensuring that the youths and
the other vulnerable groups in the society have the ability to rise against the results o...

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