If, like me, you’ve been craving a quick, eight-episode show filled with drama and laughs, look no further than one of Netflix’s newest originals, “Sex Education.” Set in a fancy prep school in a small town in England, the series stars Asa Butterfield as the charmingly awkward Otis, who prefers to remain unnoticed and unpopular…
Stanford has always been respected and celebrated for being at the forefront of research and education, yet before this year, the student experience of sex education seems to have fallen short. Yes, there is an eye-opening, optional class that Vaden and the SHPRC offer, but if you, like most people in the world, grew up without a background of sexual health education, it may feel awkward, shameful or unimportant to seek out this class. How can we expect our students to know how to navigate relationships, dating and college life without any place to learn and process these critical issues?
Alumnae Elise Racine ’15 and Mia Davis ’14 recently launched an app for sex-ed, called tabú, that aims to “empower millennials to take control of their sexual health.”
Madeleine Lippey ’18 has surveyed students and found a lack of adequate sex education. She hopes to fill that gap with student-led conferences and prevention education initiatives.
Sex education policy should not just focus on the worst-case scenarios, but also provide information for how students can grow into their sexuality. By providing sex positive programming to the freshmen class, we enable them to make responsible decisions as they grow into their adulthood.