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Wednesday, April 26 • 9:20am - 9:40am
A Feminist Approach To Improving Sex Education

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Planned Parenthood cites that “only 10 states and the District of Columbia require that sex education programs include teaching about birth control,” and most teachers in NC are given little to no professional development or preparation for leading sex education classes. A 2008 University of Washington study shows that “teenagers who received comprehensive sex education were 60% less likely to get pregnant than someone who received abstinence-only education.” I consider comprehensive sex education to move us beyond abstinence-only and to encompass a range of topics including but not limited to: basic human anatomy, information on and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases/infections, how pregnancy affects the body, what types of contraception are available and how they function, what defines a healthy relationship, and what defines rape/sexual assault. Drawing upon anonymous survey research and recent scholarship, this undergraduate research presentation will address the types of information missing/lacking in abstinence-only models of sex education, and I will propose improvements to the current system. Research data includes qualitative responses about the experiences of adults and what they learned in school or by their parents in terms of sex education. The results of the survey shed light on what information people want included in future sex education curriculums. The end goal for this research, which I hope to share with the audience during my presentation, is to produce a handbook for North Carolina teachers that will include a comprehensive approach to sex and sexuality, so that future generations will learn valuable information that they can use for the rest of their lives.

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Wednesday April 26, 2017 9:20am - 9:40am
206 Karpen Hall