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Pyrtolin
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Since we're touch on the topic in another thread, I'm reminded of this recent article:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/05/17/407063066/sex-ed-works-better-when-it-addresses-power-in-relationships


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"The idea here is that sex is a relationship issue — you don't get HIV by just sitting there by yourself, nor do you get chlamydia or gonorrhea, nor do you get pregnant," says Ralph DiClemente, a professor of public health at Emory University.

Knowing how to communicate and negotiate with sexual partners, and knowing how to distinguish between healthy and abusive sexual relationships, are as important as knowing how to put on a condom, DiClemente says.

Basically- if you include teaching people how to have healthy relationships and be aware of power dynamics as part of a comprehensive education, you quintuple the effectiveness of such programs in regards to reducing teen pregnancy and STD transmission.

(And the context generalizes as well- it's good to understand the difference between health and abusive in any relationship, not just those that involve sex)

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They also touched on this in the most recent This American Life. They covered a sex ed workshop for college students where they talk about the importance of consent, and a bunch of the participants apparently can't get their heads around the idea of talking about sex with their partners.

I think a sex ed program that covers communication and negotiation would do a lot to address that (in more depth than a 1 hour workshop can do).

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Yeah, it would be really great to educate people that the requirement for sexual consent isn't strictly based in the notion that sexual activity is a crime unless otherwise stated, but rather in the often missed fact that sex is something one does in participation with someone else as a partner, rather than as a pleasurable act one does to someone else. And any partnership requires an understanding. It is the lack of having an understood agreement with the other person that makes unwanted sex a crime, rather than there being anything inherently criminal in sex itself.
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https://medium.com/bright/sex-ed-that-turns-boys-into-men-ede65ca6e263

More on the theme. Good results from comprehensive education that addresses all elements of sexual health, power, and relationships

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