Boston Teens Are Pushing For Better Sex-Ed

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Sex-ed in public schools isn’t exactly all-inclusive. I hate to generalize, but I can speak for my own sex-ed experience in high school, which involved a health teacher in a nylon sweatsuit, a bunch of giggling acne-prone boys, and a wooden penis named Woody. Needless to say, I felt it was seriously lacking, and apparently I’m not the only one.

Boston.com recently published an article about a large number of students in Boston Public Schools pushing for more comprehensive sexual health education and accessible safe-sex supplies. According to the article, only 8 of Boston’s 30-something public high schools supply students with condoms, and they need parental consent in order to obtain them. The students have proposed that the school would elect a male and female staff member to hand out condoms at school, as opposed to only having them available in the health center, making them much more readily available to students.

As a part of their proposal, the students even made a short film highlighting striking statistics about STI and pregnancy rates. It’s unfortunate that the push for inclusive, healthy sex-ed has come to this, but all I can say is that I hope the proposal is approved!

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Michaela

Michaela is a recent Seven Sisters graduate with a self-designed degree in Sexuality Studies. When she's not blogging, you'll find her teaching Health and Wellness and A Cappella to high school students, helping women find properly fitting bras, and working as an editor on a documentary. She hopes to continue her education one day with a PhD in Feminist Anthropology.