Sex Ed Works Better When It Addresses Power

Two key ideas in this article from National Public Ratio, specifically about the importance of communication and knowing your rights. 

Knowing how to communicate and negotiate with sexual partners, and knowing how to distinguish between healthy and abusive sexual relationships, is as important as knowing how to put on a condom.

- Ralph DiClemente, a professor of public health at Emory University

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.

 Nicole Haberland, a researcher at the Population Council, a nonprofit research organization focused on sexual health.

 

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