Let’s Talk About S.E.C.S., Baby!
I think that we can all agree that sex education in many countries, including the USA and Canada, is woefully lacking. Most high school curricula either focus on abstinence practices or are restricted to the mechanics of sex and how to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. But sex and sexuality are much more complex than where we put what … and very few school districts are talking about putting a penis in anything other than a vagina.
On Wednesday, October 18th, I will be speaking with Dr Sharon Lamb, the lead author of the S.E.C.S Curriculum for students in grades 8-10.
What makes S.E.C.S. different from other sex education curricula? For beginners, it isn’t about the mechanics at all.
Sexual Ethics for a Caring Society (S.E.C.S.) is a philosophy/ethics curriculum that explores topics such as:
- Democracy and Moral Questioning
- Friendship, Lust, Casual Sex, and Love
- Normality and Stereotypes
- Gender Identity, Non-conformity, and Inclusion
- Consent and Coercion
- Pleasure and Human Rights
- and much, much more.
Every day, we hear about rape culture and discrimination against those who view their sexual identity differently than the heterosexual norm. Society ignores the fact that teenagers are having sex, but they are not being taught to think about the ethics of their choices. This curriculum is packed with the questions that every sexual being needs to be asking themselves and those with whom they engage.
We will be discussing why there is a need for this sort of ethical lens on sexuality, as well as some of the concepts that are introduced to the students through S.E.C.S. Education. Oh, and for those of us with a few more years on our bodies, we can learn something from the book as well. It is never too late to challenge our beliefs.
Sharon Lamb, EDD, PhD
Lead author of the curriculum, professor, and therapist, Sharon Lamb has a doctoral degree in Human Development from Harvard University and a doctorate in Philosophy from the Vrije University in Amsterdam. She is a co-author of the APA Sexualization of Girls Task Force Report and Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women. Her books include:
- Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes,
- Packaging Boyhood: Saving Our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes,
- Sex, Therapy, and Kids: Addressing Their Concerns Through Talk and Play,
- The Secret Lives of Girls: What Good Girls Really Do – Sex Play, Aggression, and Their Guilt,
- Girls of Color, Sexuality, and Sex Education, and
- Sexual Ed for Caring Schools – Creating an Ethics-Based Curriculum.
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