Sex Education

The Internet Has Found A New Use For Condoms

The Huffington Post Canada | Angelyn Francis | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living

What would happen if you dropped a condom full of water on your head?

Joshua Ostroff

'Sex Isn't Something You Should Be Punished For': Tavi Gevinson | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Living

"What we're taught is that sex is evil and that women should be punished for partaking in ways that men aren't."

I'm a Muslim Mom Who Supports Ontario's Sex Ed Curriculum

Shazia Javed | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Shazia Javed

I had to accept that my children will get exposed to information about sex much earlier then I might want them to. If related words were being flashed and chanted around in the presence of young children by even these parents -- who were arguing that the curriculum is age-inappropriate -- then what were the chances that my child won't be introduced to these subjects sooner than later?

Ontario Sex Ed Curriculum Infringes Parents' Rights? Think Again

Misha Abarbanel | Posted 09.13.2015 | Canada Parents
Misha Abarbanel

The backlash against Ontario's new health curriculum has left many people confused. Is it radical? Are fundamental parental and religious rights being undermined? All parents want to protect their children, but opponents of sex education are inadvertently doing the opposite. Denying children accurate and inclusive information about their bodies, human relationships and sexuality is not protective; it is irresponsible. Without such information, children are unable to care for themselves and grow into healthy and responsible adults.

Don't Like Sex-Ed Curriculum? You Can Pull Your Kids From Class, Says Education Minister

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.08.2015 | Canada Parents

Ontario's education minister says parents who are still opposed to the province's new sex-ed curriculum being taught in public schools this year can p...

These Are The Questions Teens Have About Sexual Health

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Living

And they're probably not all that different from adults'.

Sex Advice for My Teenage Kid

Her Magazine | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

With Ontario's new sex education curriculum ready to go this September, there has been a lot of commentary around educating children and teens about sex and consent. All too often, we scare our kids about bad touch and inundate them with negative associations of sex.

Dear Parents: Please Raise Boys Who Will Respect My Girls

Heather van Mil | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Heather van Mil

I need you to raise boys who know what real women look like. Boys who know that women have body hair and curvy thighs or small breasts. Boys who understand the difference between actual consent and inebriated/coerced consent. Boys who value strength of mind, body and spirit over physical appearance. Boys who look for a partnership, not a hook up.

Masturbation Is Still Scaring Fearful Parents

Ruth Miller | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Ruth Miller

The opponents of the new curriculum don't realize that masturbation was included in the old curriculum too. They are trying to close a barn door that was open long ago. What we used to say in puberty classes was that masturbation can't hurt you. It's a human thing to do.

Toronto Sexologist Weighs in on Ontario Sex-Ed Curriculum Changes

Alison Tedford | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Living
Alison Tedford

Controversial changes to curriculum about the birds and the bees has parents in Ontario buzzing. I interviewed Dr. Jess O'Reilly, a sexologist from Toronto, on the topic. Dr. Jess says it is important to understand that comprehensive sex education doesn't hasten sexual experimentation.

The Miseducation of Ontario's New Sex Ed Curriculum

Faisal Kutty | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Faisal Kutty

The curriculum is aimed at preparing kids to navigate the complicated interpersonal and sexual situations in today's hyper-sexualized world. But opponents have latched on to a number of provisions. It should be clearly understood that the new curriculum is not a "How to Manual" and that the state is not promoting a particular relationship structure. Ultimately, the government must do a better job of convincing some parents that it is responding to the changing realities. All stakeholders must feel that at least some of their concerns are heard and validated.

As a Parent, I Support the New Sex-Ed Curriculum

Marc Roy | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Marc Roy

The new, modernized Physical Education and Health curriculum is supported by the overwhelming majority of Ontario parents. However, there remains a small, yet vocal few, who strongly oppose any changes. Although I currently serve as a School Board Trustee, it's as a parent that I wish to engage in this debate. There is rarely a week at home when my kids don't speak of things I never would have touched at their age. As a father, raising my children in these times, I'm happy to be able to count on the support of professional educators who can complement what my kids learn and discuss at home.

Sexual Bullying At Schools Has to Stop

Karyn Pickles | Posted 05.16.2015 | Canada Parents
Karyn Pickles

Ten-year-old Hannah used to love going to school but now the Ontario fourth grader is too scared to return and her mother Nicola can't blame her. On Monday, Hannah experienced the second of two incidents of bullying with a disturbingly sexual tone. Hannah's mother spoke to the school principal, and although the boy admitted to the incident, as far as she knows no further action was taken by the school. As of Wednesday, Nicola's calls to the superintendent and her school trustee had not been returned, and the principal did not respond to a request for comment for this post.

Parents Should Protest Against the Math Curriculum Instead of Sex Ed

Malkin Dare | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Parents
Malkin Dare

While I have some reservations about the fairness and wisdom of ramming the new sex education curriculum down the throats of unwilling parents, I am still scratching my head over the strength of this parental protest. Why are parents more upset about the somewhat-flawed new sex education curriculum than the known-to-be-very-flawed math and language arts curriculum already in place? Nor do the problems with the Ontario curriculum end with math and language arts. What about its music curriculum that doesn't teach kids how to sight read or sing in tune? Why aren't students taught cursive writing?

We Are Not Protecting Our Children by Shielding Them From the Realities of Sex

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Danielle S. McLaughlin

The new Ontario health and physical education curriculum, which has been the topic of much anger and debate, has the health and safety of all of our children as one of its primary goals. While I agree that children are in need of protection, I would like someone to explain how refusing to educate children could in any way protect them. Certain adults are keeping their children home to protest the new curriculum that will be introduced this coming fall. What will happen if we divide our students into two groups -- those who receive sex education and those who are being "protected" from it?

Girl's Bold Answers To Sex-Ed Assignment Go Viral

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Parents

Well, that’s one way to answer the question. A teenage girl’s cheeky responses to a sex-ed class assignment have gone viral on Imgur, after a w...

The Craziest Misconceptions Kids Have About Sex

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Parents

For most teens and tweens, health, sex education, relationship education -- whatever their school calls it -- is an awkward rite of passage. Not all k...

Turns Out Kids Have MANY Names For Penis And Vagina

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Parents

So what do your kids call genitals? That's the question we recently posed to our readers on Facebook, and we loved each and every answer. Apparently t...

Kathleen Wynne Is a Champion For Women and LGBT Groups But No One Else

Rachel Décoste | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Ontario Premier Wynne ascended to power by winning over the small clique of Liberal Party members who can afford leadership conference fees and travel expenses. Both Ontario women and LGBT communities rejoiced at this opportunity to have, for the first time, one their own at the seat of power. People of colour and hijab-wearing Muslim-Canadian women face acute harassment that falls outside the sort explicitly described in Wynne's plan. As a candidate, Wynne reached out to visible minorities on her way to the mountain top. Then she forgot about them.

Violence Against Women Is the Western World's Dirty Little Secret

Elvira Truglia | Posted 06.13.2015 | Canada Living
Elvira Truglia

It has been 25 years since the Montreal Massacre and women still face gender inequality. According to journalist and filmmaker Francine Pelletier, women face two major obstacles: violence against women and hypersexualization. Yet there are signs that feminism is no longer a dirty word.

Pulling Kids Out of New Sex-Ed Classes Will Only Breed Fear and Hate

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Living
Shahla Khan Salter

Under the new curriculum, nay-saying parents have the option of pulling their kids out of sex-ed class. But should they? As a fellow parent of three children in the Ontario public education system, I say no. You can pull your kids out of sex-ed. And maybe one day you will also pull them out of classes that teach about climate change and evolution. Perhaps you don't trust the teacher who might be gay and so you find a way to pull your kids out of his or her class. You are teaching your kids to run from what they fear and instill in them hatred of others. Isn't it better to arm them with knowledge, teach them to respect differences and then trust them?

Let's Believe Women Who Report Sexual Assault

Lee Tunstall | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Living
Lee Tunstall

Survivors of sexual assault experience a great deal of shame and guilt, particularly young women, as they internalize the victim-blaming messages conveyed by the media. This often keeps them from seeking the support they so desperately need. This International Women's Day, we need to encourage more initiatives that are centred on girls and young women. We need to commit to eliminating barriers to accessing support for survivors of sexual violence. And we need to support projects that deconstruct and challenge rape culture. But most importantly, we must listen and believe young women when they speak.

Kids Should Know the Proper Names Of Their Genitals

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

Last week, Ontario released a new Health and Physical Education Curriculum for 2015. Much of the fear stems from the early introduction of sex education teaching, even in grade one. Are we that scared of our kids knowing the real word for their genitals?

Why I'm Not Afraid Of My Kid Learning About Penises And Vaginas

Rebecca Zamon | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Living
Rebecca Zamon

Whenever the topic of sex education and children comes up, there's an inevitable outcry from parents, politicians, and religious figures, who either think that (a) this should be taught at home, (b) the topics being taught are "inappropriate," or (c) teachers will do it wrong. All of which, frankly, don't speak to the realities of what's happening with kids right now. There's a reason people joke about kids playing "doctor" -- it's because kids are curious about their bodies, and the feelings they get from them, as much as adults are. They just don't have the knowledge to help them along the way. So hey, wouldn't it be great if they could get that someplace safe and educational, like say, school?

5 Myths And Facts About Ontario's Updated Sex Education Curriculum

Karyn Pickles | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Living
Karyn Pickles

Unfortunately, misconceptions and misinformation about this curriculum are continuing to make their way around the Internet, mostly because people seem bound and determined to willfully ignore the actual facts before forming an opinion. So today I'm going to address the most common myths about the new curriculum.