Sex ed in the U.S. is far from educational -- and it looks like we could learn a thing or two from Canada.
A new sex ed initiative, which will be implemented in September 2015 in Ontario, Canada, is creating a heated debate on social media after some parents and opponents spoke out against the progressive program. At various stages, students will learn about masturbation, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual consent and contraception.
On Monday, Planned Parenthood Toronto tweeted out an image asking users to weigh in on why they #SupportSexEd.
Responses to the #SupportSexEd hashtag flooded in. As some highlight, open dialogue about sex and sexuality is beneficial to all -- but for many, it is critical. From those responses, here are 20 reasons we need to support comprehensive and healthy sexual education programs in schools around the globe:
I #supportsexed because I don't want children & youth to not know about consent making them vulnerable to abuse. I wish someone had told me.— Farrah Khan (@farrah_khan) May 4, 2015
I #supportSexEd because the LGBTQ youth in Ontario classrooms deserve to have their identities validated.— AK Fischer (@FischerFoodie) May 4, 2015
I #supportsexed because young people have a right to accurate, non-stigmatizing information about their health and well-being.— Shayna Sayers-Wolfe (@shaynasw) May 4, 2015
I #supportsexed because sexual assault is an epidemic and we need to create a consent culture.— Kyle Kirkup (@kylekirkup) May 4, 2015
I #supportsexed because I want my kids to be equipped to make responsible, healthy choices when they need to, whenever that might happen— Vicky Smallman (@vickyatclc) May 4, 2015
I #supportsexed because some questions are impossible to ask your parents.— Christina Gross (@Canesbian) May 4, 2015
I #supportsexed because trial-and-error is no way to learn about one of the most intimate aspects of our lives.— Kate McCombs, MPH (@katecom) May 4, 2015
I #supportsexed because education about consent might have empowered me and prevented me from being a victim of non-consensual situations.— Lauren Simmons (@laurendorphin) May 4, 2015
I #supportSexEd because as someone who was once a trans kid, I never saw a single sex-related message that acknowledged my body exists.— United Feelsworkers (@fatneckbeardguy) May 5, 2015
We #supportsexed because OUR BODIES ARE NOT SECRETS— We Give Consent (@WeGiveConsent) May 4, 2015
I #supportSexEd because 90% of disabled girls/women have been sexually assaulted, and I won't be one of them thanks to sex Ed— Cristina Elizabeth (@_CrissyLizzy_) May 5, 2015
I #SupportSexEd because if my son learns about consent and sex in a normalized environment he is less likely to perpetuate rape culture.— Lyndsay Kirkham (@Lyndsay_Kirkham) May 5, 2015
I #supportsexed because denial does not change reality. Protect your kids. Educate them.— Donna McAllister (@abtthecause) May 5, 2015
i #supportsexed because knowledge of and control over your own body is a fundamental human right.— caitlin fralick (@caitlinfralick) May 5, 2015
I #supportsexed because informed children are safer and educated teenagers are NOT PREGNANT.— Tabatha Southey (@TabathaSouthey) May 4, 2015