The Sex Ed Hashtag You Need To Know About
It's super trendy right now, and v. important.
What do you remember about sex education? Cringy condom on cucumber demos? Creepy cartoon diagrams in old textbooks? Weird vids featuring full-on naked people with 80s hairstyles?
Although you might remember some of that, do you remember being taught about LGBT sex or sexual consent? Probs not.
Last week Laura Bates, the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, called on Twitter followers to share their experiences of Sex Ed - what they learnt (or what they didn’t learn) in school about consent/ healthy relationships/ LGBT issues - and there was a Twitter tweeting frenzy.
People began reminiscing on the vital life lessons that were skipped over in their Sex Ed classrooms using the hashtag #SREnow (Sex and Relationships Education now). Some of them were horrific personal accounts of sexual abuse due to the lack of info on sexual consent, and many were simply stories of how bad attitudes were allowed to fester in classrooms because of inadequate info on sexual subjects.
One girl remembered how “boys and girls were separated so girls could learn about periods as though boys shouldn’t have to know about those things”.
Another tweeted, “Watched so many people in manipulative/ abusive relationships because we were never taught properly about consent”.
Another commented, “The lack of LGBT+ education meant that the worst insult in an all girl’s school was a lesbian rumour”.
But all is not lost! The Everyday Sexism Project has joined up with End Violence Against Women Coalition to demand that SRE becomes compulsory in both primary and secondary school, and they’ve outlined a curriculum. SRE classes would have to include info on sexual consent, healthy relationships, online pornography, gender stereotypes and LGBT rights and relationships.
AND WE SUPPORT THEM ALL THE WAY.
It’s time that kids stopped growing up with a warped idea of what it is to be a certain gender, and woke up to the colourful spectrum that is sexuality. They need to be taught that nothing is black and white, and that whether you’re female/ male/ transgender or anything in between, we’re all just human and have an equal right to respect and happiness in our sexual relationships.