Research shows schools worry parents will revolt if there is too much detail in sex education classes. A new survey asks what Australian parents actually think and want.
Lots of kids wonder about this. Here are some of the basics.
Up to 257 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using safe, modern contraception methods
Those who oppose inclusive teaching content often claim to be representing parents’ views. The evidence from a large national survey of parents shows those claims are very wrong.
A recent report shows alarming rates of homophobic language used in Australian schools. And worse, it shows that, at least from the perspective of students, teachers rarely intervene.
Melissa Kang answered hundreds of questions from girls for the Dolly Doctor column. What she found on analysis was a sense of shame when young women experienced sexual pleasure.
Comprehensive sexuality education is needed to equip young girls and boys with pregnancy prevention knowledge before they have sex.
A gender-justice researcher reviewed the entire newly released government sexuality education resource for teachers. She found several significant problems.
A study on the delivery of sexuality education found some teachers were anxious about parental fear, negative media and political hysteria. Sometimes they watered down ‘risky’ content.
In interviews, female teachers at three all-boy schools in three capital cities have disclosed instances of sexism from students, male colleagues and parents.
Sexual negotiation can be a difficult process. It’s about reading body language as well as verbal cues, and respecting the wants and needs of your partner. Schools need to teach it early and often.
Australia’s relationships and sex education often fails to support the personal and social development of young people.