Best Sex Ed of 2015

The best of 2015 lists are starting, from TV shows to movies to music. Surprisingly, I didn’t find a list for “Best Sex Ed of 2015” although in that search I did come across We Answered the 12 Most-Googled Sex Questions of 2015.

Lacking an official list, here are some of my favourites on sexual health, sex ed and reproductive health heroes this year.

CBC called teens Lia Valente and Tessa Hill “Torontonians of the Year” for their campaign and petition to have consent added to Ontario’s updated sex education curriculum. Yes, yes, yes: a huge thank you for their passion and persistence in making this happen.

When the Toronto Star published false and purposely inflammatory HPV vaccine journalism, Dr. Jennifer Gunter responded to the incorrect information.  When it happened with The Independent, she did it again.  And again with the Baltimore Sun.

Justin Lehmiller wrote an interesting piece on how parents have different sex talks with boys and girls. As you can (unfortunately) suspect, girls are supposed to guard their sexuality and boys are supposed to have fun.

The clout of faith is far too often used to smash women’s health choices and human rights. In Anti-Choice Elected Officials Should Not Pretend to Represent God, Rev. Amelia Fulbright wrote,

“The Bible does not condemn abortion. Jesus never mentions it. There may even be a passage (Numbers 5) that prescribes it, according to some interpretations… I am weary of legislators misrepresenting sacred scripture and distorting Christian doctrine for the purpose of pandering to extremists.”

Irish writer Róisín Ingle went public with her abortion story, as did many women this year. Giving voice to reality is one way of fighting back against conservative legislators who attempt to shame women about their need for reproductive health care that includes abortion.

A bittersweet ending to the year came with the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and its devastating findings on how this country has impacted Indigenous people. There is a lot of work to be done to build trust and move forward with First Nations. The announcement of a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women (especially the inclusion of families and community members in plotting out the process) is a good step towards change. Our country needs it.

 

Janet   |  @janet_madsen

 

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