When Sex Ed Discusses Gender Inequality, Sex Gets Safer

“A new study shows a “striking” difference in effectiveness between programs that address gender and power, and those that don’t… This is a cutting of the vacuum seal sex education sometimes places around sexual health and behavior, as though young people’s choices can be separated from their surroundings and upbringing, as though they won’t be swayed by anything but knowledge of the facts. Including a discussion of the effects of traditional gender roles and the consequences of unequal power in relationships better reflects the reality that young people’s choices about sex will take place in. And according to this study at least, that seems to lead to safer sex and better outcomes.”


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