Sex educator Al Vernacchio strides into the room wearing a superhero outfit: A blue top with “POW” emblazoned across the chest in a bright yellow starburst. Shiny gold arm sleeves. A blue mask over his glasses. His cape billows behind him. No, it’s not Comic-Con, though his “cosplay” is on point. Vernacchio is at a professional conference for sex educators, and he’s about to present a curriculum that uses the development of superpowers as a metaphor for puberty. Why this metaphor?
When my boyfriend coerced me out of my virginity at the age of 19, I didn’t say “no” or “stop.” But I didn’t say “yes,” either, and I squeezed my thighs together so tight and, when he left that night, I cried for hours. Despite this, I didn’t consider it rape. Didn’t consider it anything more than a shit move by someone who was slowly revealing himself to be a shit guy. But when I ran into him five years later, I still shook uncontrollably, bile roiling at the base of my gut.
Traditional, school-based sex ed is not meeting students' needs - but some educators have figured out ways to operate outside the red tape. By Stephanie Auteri In a predictable bit of news, the results of a study released this past September show that students consider most sex-education programs to be out-of-touch, outdated, and lacking in the information that might actually prove useful to them.
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Selecting a term
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