Sex-Ed Ain’t What It Used to Be

IPFW’s Center for Healthy Living is having a Health Fair this Wednesday, so the library is taking some time to share excellent resources about health – specifically, Sex Ed.

On our Facebook page, we’ll be featuring websites, research institutes, local services, and more all week long. Interested? Here’s a sneak preview of two resources that might make you think twice about what Sex-Ed looked like in the past – and what new education is needed in our always-online, never-private world.

From Newsweek’s A Brief History of Sex Ed in America:

“To prevent the immense evils of self-pollution, therefore, in our boys and students … They should always subsist on a plain, simple, unstimulating, vegetable, and water diet; and care should be taken that they do not eat too fast, and are not excessive, in quantity. They should never be kept too long a time in a sitting, confined, or inactive posture. They should never sleep on feathers.”
—Sylvester Graham, Lectures on Chastity (1834)

America’s recent experience with abstinence-only sex education is merely the latest chapter in our long, sometimes ridiculous (to modern eyes, anyway) history of efforts to control humankind’s most basic drive.

From Amy Adele Hasinoff’s TED talk, “How to Practice Safe Sexting.”

Sexting is certainly risky, like anything that’s fun, but as long as you’re not sending an image to someone who doesn’t want to receive it, there’s no harm. What I do think is a serious problem is when people share private images of others without their permission. And instead of worrying about sexting, what I think we need to do is think a lot more about digital privacy.

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