Sweden has found a way to avoid those awkward boys-in-the-gym, girls-in-the-lunchroom fifth grade lessons about menstruation and basic genital anatomy: making videos with catchy songs for children’s television.
Even after more than a decade of studying sex in animals, my own attempts to teach my children about the “birds and the bees” were fraught with embarrassment, mostly for them. I wish I’d been as clever as medical educator Danielle Teller.
When I started asking questions about sex as a kid, my mother handed me her own well-worn copy of From Little Acorns: The Story of Your Body. A pretty staid choice compared to the more explicit sex-ed books for kids from the 1970s, but it was considered quite progressive when Mom first read it in 1951.
Mississippi boasts some of the highest rates of teen childbirth and young-adult HIV in the United States. It also prohibits "any demonstration of how condoms or other contraceptives are applied." What's a responsible sex educator to do? Why, demonstrate how to properly apply a sock, of course!
There are a lot of important courses that don't appear in the Hogwarts curriculum: math, science, history of the muggle world. But what about sexual education? What would happen if Professors Snape and McGonagall taught the young wizards and witches about birth control?
The horrors of 7th Grade sex education retold — with an eldritch H.P. Lovecraft spin. Watch this amazing short film, "Late Bloomer" by Craig Macneill, and learn about the the monsters inside us all.