Photos by: Breahna Crosslin | Contributing Photographer
By: Sydney McDonald | Managing Editor
Generation Action, the youth arm of Planned Parenthood at South, brought a new and exciting event to South on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Set up in the Student Center Ballroom, the group organized games, food, prizes, and a panel of experts to speak on sex education.
The panel consisted of a medical student from California focusing on obstetrics and gynecology, a local sex shop worker, a Title IX representative from South, a student from Spectrum, and a body positivity advocate.
No questions were off the table at this event. The panel spoke on many topics including the broken sex education system in America and all the effects that had on children growing up with little to no knowledge of sex education.
The panel dove into the importance of understanding what sex is, consent, and how to understand your own body and sexuality, as well as the undying myth that teaching children and teens about sex will make them more likely to participate in sexual activities.
Co-Communications Chair of Generation Action, Breahna Crosslin worked with the rest of the group to help bring the event together. Crosslin is passionate about the movement to bring better sex ed to schools across the country.
“We want to promote inclusive and comprehensive sex education that a lot of people didn’t get in high school, like LGBT sex, and things that don’t have to do with abstinence-only. It’s more than trying to scare you into not having sex,” Crosslin said.
Generation Action provided multiple activities and prizes to help destigmatize commonly taboo subjects around female and male anatomy as well as sex toys.
The moderator for the panel, student Cat Grizzle, spoke on how important the event is to college-aged students who are a part of the broken sex ed system.
“I am a victim of unfinished sex education. I went to a private school in the South, so a lot I know about sex education is not accurate to what it’s like in real life,” Grizzle explained, “It has been interesting making that journey on my own, but now I’m involved with Generation Action and the last couple of months have been a whirlwind. It’s been really cool to be a part of it.”
An article on nursing.usc says that only 13 states in the US require sex ed to be “medically accurate,” meaning the school systems can stress things like abstinence more so than practicing safe sex, and use scare tactics. A chart included in the article shows that most of the states teach abstinence more than any other part of sex ed.
Having a more inclusive and comprehensive sex education is more important than ever with sexuality and lifestyle choices being more prevalent in society, as well as the rising number of STDs and STIs in the US. It is crucial to teach the younger generations their options and the outcomes of those options, and how to navigate through those in today’s world.
Link to the USC article: https://nursing.usc.edu/blog/americas-sex-education/