Radical Sex Education
This class aims to examine the aspects of why sex education is important and what it can offer to us in our daily lives. This class will create a forum that looks at what we can gain from learning and teaching sex education in a radical environment outside of the mainstream, public education arena of the "abstinence only" method. This class is geared towards adolescents and young adults that are inundated with messages from mainstream society and in the media about what is expected of them, their bodies and their sexuality. We will have bi-weekly discussions that will be held in a safe, comfortable and open environment to explore ideas, thoughts and questions on different topics. Each discussion topic will have its own set of ground rules on how to keep our class space safe, inviting and inclusive of everyone involved. General topics for discussion will include:
*Sexual anatomy: Knowledge on puberty, menstruation, and masturbation
*Learning to construct our sexual identities: What does it mean to be queer, trans, gay, lesbian, bi, bi-curious, androgynous and/or heterosexual? What does it mean to have a certain gender? How can we be better allies towards one another when we acknowledge that different gender and sexual identities exist?
*Safe sex: Knowledge on contraceptives and sexual health for male, female, trans and queer bodies -- where can we find free clinics in the Twin Cities? Where can we find free contraceptives and free condoms?
*Consent is sexy: How do we talk about consent? How can we have responsible intimate relationships with one another? Are there different kinds of relationships?
*Sex in different cultures: What can we learn about our sexual relationships from other people?
*Sex and kink in the media: What relationships do we normalize? What different kinds of sexual relationships do we find attractive? How can we look at pornographic images and analyze them in terms of healthy and unhealthy sexual relationships?
*Living in a world where sexual assault and relationship violence are normalized: What are sexual assault and relationship violence? How do we view “survivors” and “perpetrators”? How do we challenge living in a “rape culture”?
These topics will be offered to the class at the beginning of discussion periods, but students will be allowed to construct their own discussion topics if the one for the day does not fit into the issues and/or questions they want to discuss for their class time. There will be different readings, group activities and a final group project at the end of the class so commitment and attendance for the entirety of the course is encouraged. The class will be held at Second Foundation School which is located at 1219 University Ave SE Minneapolis, MN. It will be held bi-weekly in the afternoons between 11AM and 3:30PM (specific times and dates will be posted soon).
**Classes will be open to all ages and genders up until the age of 18, though if you are older and wish to participate in the discussion, please feel free to e-mail me and we can discuss your interest in participating more.**
**Classes will not be censored. Though boundaries will be set in order to ensure students' safety and comfort, crude language, pornographic images and detailed discussions on sex and sexuality will be allowed and present.**
Second Foundation School
1219 University Ave SEMinneapolis, MN 55408
Phone: ( 612)378-1014
As someone who received very little sex education and absolutely no information about how to have healthy sexual relationships during my time at public school -- I see teaching sex education to younger generations of kids in a radical way extremely important in counteracting the fear and violence that we experience in our society in relation to sex, sexuality and our identities. I have spent a large amount of time discussing these issues in my daily life and have also digested a lot of literature about the discussion topics listed above. I just graduated from Hamline University with a liberal arts degree and want to spend my newly found free time fighting the rape culture we live in by teaching kids about safe sex and sexuality, how to be good allies to people with varying gender identities, and how to explore their own sexual identities in a healthy, positive and empowering way.
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