How to tell your kids about the birds and the bees Herald Sun
Sex. It seems to be everywhere. On TV. On advertising billboards. And online. Yet talking to kids about the birds and the bees is still a topic that stings for many …
How to tell your kids about the birds and the bees Herald Sun
Sex. It seems to be everywhere. On TV. On advertising billboards. And online. Yet talking to kids about the birds and the bees is still a topic that stings for many …
Netflix is back with a brand new comedy: Sex Education.
The British teen series follows a socially awkward student, Otis, as he sets up an underground sex therapy clinic at his high school.
His has inherited his expertise from his mother Jean, a sex therapist, who has raised her son in a house full of manuals, videos and excruciatingly open conversations about sex.
Gillian Anderson, who plays Jean, is joined by a roster of fresh young talent in the cast.
Find out more about them all below…
Who is Jean? Otis’s sex therapist mother is mischievous, promiscuous and laid back in many ways – but isn’t quite as hands off about parenting as she first appears. As with her patients, she wants to talk to her son about his sex life, but he is reluctant to share things with her.
What else has Gillian Anderson starred in? Anderson is best known for leading the cast of The X Files between 1993 and 2018. Her prolific TV career has also included The Fall, American Gods, War & Peace, Bleak House, Hannibal, Any Human Heart and many, many more.
Who is Otis? Jean’s teenage son is a little shy and awkward, and definitely isn’t in with the cool kids at school – that is until he realises that his accidental expertise in sex could prove lucrative and make him popular.
What else has Otis starred in? The young actor has lead the cast of numerous films, including The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Space Between Us, Ender’s Game and Hugo. His forthcoming projects include the satire film Greed starring Steve Coogan, as well as the movie adaptation of Stephen Fry’s The Liar.
Who is Eric? Otis’s irrepressible gay best friend Eric is always at his side, and is keen to get the pair of them in with the most popular kids in school.
What else has Ncuti Gatwa starred in? Gatwa has had just two TV roles before – in the BBC shows Stonemouth and Bob Servant.
Who is Maeve? A bad-girl at school with a troublesome home life and money worries, Maeve realises how lucrative Otis’s sex expertise could be, and persuades him to set up the clinic with her.
What else has Emma Mackey starred in? This is the UK actress’s first TV role.
Who is Jackson? School jock Jackson has girls tripping over themselves to get his attention – but he’s only interested in one: Maeve.
What else has Kedar Williams-Stirling starred in? You might have seen the young actor as Junior in the movie Shank, or in the TV shows Wolfblood and Will. He’s also set to star alongside Macaulay Culkin in the film Changeland.
Who is Adam? School bully Adam has a hard exterior but is more sensitive than he seems. He also happens to be the son of the headmaster.
What else has Connor Swindells starred in? Swindells has appeared in the TV shows Harlots and Jamestown. He’s also been seen in the films The Vanishing and VS.
Who is Amy? ‘It’ girl Amy is determined to cling onto her status even if it means rejecting Adam, who despite being a doofus does mean well.
What else has Aimee-Lou Wood starred in? This is the young actress’s first TV role.
Who is Mr Groff? He is the headmaster of Moordale High and the incredibly strict father of Adam.
What else has Alistair Petrie starred in? Petri’s prolific screen career has seen him appear in the TV series Deep State, The Terror, Undercover, The Night Manager and Utopia, as well as the movies Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Bank Job, Victor Frankenstein and Rush.
Sex Education lands on Netflix on Friday 11 January
This article was originally published in January 2019
The following was written by Besh Gichuhi for the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department blog:
April 10th is National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day. That creates a great opportunity to talk about HIV/AIDS with our youth.
In 2017, 21 percent of new HIV cases were among youth aged 13-24. Four out of five youth diagnosed with HIV were 20-24. Between 2016-2018, youth accounted for 12 percent of new HIV cases in Pierce County.
Some things contributing to youth HIV:
The good news is that HIV is preventable. So, what can we do?
You can get more info and resources here.
Besh Gichuhi is a public health nurse at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
Have you taken any sex education classes during your time in school? In what grade did they start? What topics have you covered each year?
Over all, do you feel you have gotten an adequate education around sex? Why or why not?
In “As Colorado Moves to Bar Abstinence-Only Sex Education, Teenagers Take the Lead,” Dan Levin writes about a new law that would require schools in the state to teach comprehensive, medically accurate sex education:
Last year, when Clark Wilson was in eighth grade, his sex education teacher repeatedly rolled a piece of tape on a table until it lost its stickiness, using words like “tainted” and “impure” to describe those who engage in premarital sex.
The lesson: “People are like tape and once they have sex they’re dirty and can’t have meaningful relationships,” said Clark, now 15 and a freshman at a Colorado high school in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch.
While sex education classes are not mandatory in Colorado, proposed legislation that is widely expected to pass would bar the state’s public and charter schools from abstinence-only education.
Clark was among several students who testified last month in support of the bill, which would also mandate teachings about safe sex, consent and sexual orientation, elements that have prompted a fierce backlash from those who argue they pose an attack on traditional family values and parental rights.
The comprehensive sex education bill, which passed the House this week and is headed to the Senate, would make Colorado the ninth state in the nation to require that consent be taught. Washington, D.C., also teaches consent.
Colorado, with its increasingly liberal cities but strong conservative footholds, is a microcosm of the larger national debate over sex ed. Across the country, 37 states require abstinence be covered or stressed, while only 13 require sex education to be medically accurate, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which studies reproductive health. In seven states, laws prohibit educators from portraying same-sex relationships positively.
In many schools, however, the focus on abstinence goes beyond just warning children about sexually transmitted infections or unplanned pregnancies. Often, students say, teachers tear off flower petals or pass around an object like tape, a stick of gum or a chocolate bar that becomes increasingly grubby as it’s touched.
Studies have repeatedly shown that abstinence-only education increases rates of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, while comprehensive sex education lowers such risks. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2000 to 2014, schools that required sex education dropped to 48 percent from 67 percent, with half of middle schools and more than three-quarters of high schools focusing on abstinence. Only a quarter of middle schools and three-fifths of high schools included lessons about birth control. In 1995, 81 percent of boys and 87 percent of girls reported learning about birth control in school.
In response to this news, The Edit, a newsletter written for and by college students and recent graduates, invited young people to share their sex ed experiences. Here’s what they had to say:
Shelby Scott, Knoxville, Tenn.
I was born and raised in Mountain Brook, Ala., which is an upper middle class community in the conservative Christian South. In ninth grade, health teachers showed pictures of late-stage STIs and we had an external speaker come to discuss sex more fully. The program she taught was staunchly abstinence only. The first demonstration she gave was the “dirty piece of tape,” in which we were told that having multiple sexual partners prevents your ability to have emotionally fulfilling relationships. While some students (especially those with more open-minded/realistic parents) knew the education we received was unhelpful, for other students it was legitimately harmful. After months of discussing whether they were ready and both consented, a close friend had sex with her college boyfriend. Later in the evening, I went over to her room and found her crying and repeating, “I’m a dirty piece of tape,” the message she internalized from our ninth grade health class.
Caleb Goldberg, Louisville, Ky.
My sex education class at a small private school in Louisville lasted between seventh and ninth grades (for reference, this is during 2012-15). It wasn’t an abstinence-only class, but it was pretty close. We learned extensively about STDs, while condoms and contraception were only mentioned in passing, and the emotional aspect of sex wasn’t, to my recollection, discussed at all. It was extremely heteronormative — gay men were briefly mentioned in the context of AIDS, and no other references to the L.G.B.T. community were made. I identify as more or less asexual so this inadequate education doesn’t really affect me too much, but I still think it would have been beneficial for me and my fellow students to have heard a more honest account of sexuality.
Linnea Peterson, Minnesota
The most comprehensive sex ed I ever got was actually provided by my church. Most people are horrified when they hear this, but my church is an anomaly. In the 1980s, we were the first large Lutheran church to be led by a female pastor, and, in 2012, we became the first large Lutheran church to be led by an openly gay pastor. My church-led sex ed was not the “don’t have sex or you’re going to hell” talk people sometimes envision. Rather, when I was in seventh grade, I went on a weekend-long retreat with my church that discussed healthy relationships, gender roles, sexual orientation, stereotypes, STDs, and birth control. The retreat certainly didn’t ensure that all of my relationships would be healthy (they weren’t), but it did much more than my public junior high or public high school did to equip me for the world of intimacy.
Amanda Haas, Westlake, Ohio
I went to Catholic grade school and high school in the suburbs of Cleveland. In fifth grade they taught us what sex was, and in eighth grade we talked more about STDs, pregnancy, and the value of waiting until marriage to have sex. In high school we learned about birth control, condoms, and looked more in depth about what sex was biologically. My teacher had a box where we could anonymously ask questions and made us all yell “Scrotum!” out the window to get the giggles out and make us more comfortable. I’m really thankful for the fact I had comprehensive sex education with an emphasis on abstinence, the emotional weight of sex, and the value of waiting for someone who cares about you. I think giving young people all the facts allows them to make better decisions. I’m personally still a practicing Catholic and at 23-years-old my boyfriend and I have been dating for three years without having sex.
Rebecca Oss, Yardley, Pa.
I’m a high school senior who goes to a public school with about 4,000 students. In my district, “health class” starts in fifth grade and goes to tenth grade, but only three years (fifth, seventh, and ninth) include sex ed. Ninth grade had 45 days of health, half being basically: “drugs are bad.” We talked about consent and how relationships can be abusive. We talked about a couple types of birth control. We were told there were three types of sex (vaginal, oral, and anal). We talked about porn and how it was not a realistic view of sex (though we were never given any information on what sex should really look like). Most of that class was about STIs, however. I am not sure if it was intentional or not, but a lot of what we covered seemed to be: “look at these disgusting diseases you could get from sex, so stay away!!!” There are some topics I really wish I had been taught, though. I wish we had talked about L.G.B.T.Q. relationships. I wish we had covered the fluidity of sexuality and gender too. And most importantly I wish we had had this class more often, so that I could more easily feel comfortable talking about these topics.
Zach Eisenstein, Washington, D.C.
As a young person starting to come to terms with my queer identity, I never benefited from a lesson or curriculum that I could even remotely see myself reflected in before college. When I got there, I lucked my way into a human sexuality course during my first semester. I actually learned about sex. I learned about enthusiastic consent. I learned that no penis is too large for a condom. But, most importantly, I learned that sex education is so much more than telling students to avoid “risky” behaviors that could lead to STIs or unintended pregnancies. My sexuality is not a risk. It’s just a part of who I am. And I should have learned that long before I got to college.
Students, read the entire article, then tell us:
— What has your sex education been like? Is it abstinence-focused or more comprehensive? What topics have you covered in your classes?
— What has been the most impactful experience — either positive or negative — you’ve had during your sex education? What made it so powerful?
— How do you feel about your sex education over all? For example, do you feel informed and empowered by your experience? Or confused and demeaned? Do you feel comfortable with your own body and sexuality? Do you feel prepared to have healthy relationships with others? Do you feel you have a good understanding of all the aspects of a sexual relationship — the social, emotional and biological? Why or why not?
— What topics do you wish you had learned more about in sex ed? Why?
— Do you think states should require that schools teach comprehensive, medically accurate sex education? Or should schools decide their own curriculums? Should parents be permitted to opt their children out of sex ed lessons? Why or why not?
Students 13 and older are invited to comment. All comments are moderated by the Learning Network staff, but please keep in mind that once your comment is accepted, it will be made public.
The vast majority of parents are programmed to protect their kids from danger and hurt at all costs. And one of the most terrifying dangers, for many, is sexual abuse.
But sitting down a toddler and trying to explain what sex, let alone sexual abuse, is probably isn’t going to do anything except confuse and scare them.
So, how do you talk about it in an age-appropriate way? And when do you start?
You can start teaching your kids about their bodies and safe behaviour before they’re at kindy or preschool, says Holly-ann Martin, founder and director of Safe4Kids, a company specialising in child abuse prevention education.
“I believe we need to teach protective education from three years of age,” she says.
The key, explains Justine Kiely-Scott, co-founder of Sex Education Australia, is using a “really clear, simple message for children that won’t be scary to them”.
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While you’re teaching your kids their heads, shoulders, knees and toes, add in their vagina, penis and bottom, says Elizabeth Seeley-Wait, clinical psychologist at The Children’s Psychology Clinic. Ms Kiely-Scott agrees.
“We know that children who are confident to use the proper names for their private parts and know the names for their private parts are much more likely to tell if something happens,” Ms Kiely-Scott says.
“It also shows a potential sexual predator that this child talks about bodies at home, knows the proper names and therefore has been talking to an adult about those things.
“If you use your own names for body parts, that’s OK, but interchange them with the proper word where you can, just to make sure there’s clarity.”
What’s your approach when it comes to teaching your child about their body, their rights and consent? Share your thoughts via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Seeley-Wait says it’s important kids feel in control of what happens to their bodies, so it’s a good idea to get in the habit of asking toddlers before you touch their private parts so they know they can tell an adult “no”.
“We [parents and carers] can’t even touch those parts unless helping with cleaning,” Dr Seeley-Wait says.
She says to tell your child that only approved adults can help them with cleaning, such as their teacher at childcare. Or a doctor may need to see their private parts during a check up, with their parents in the room.
Don’t wait till the ‘sex talk’ to start teaching consent skills.
The idea is for kids to learn what is normal, helpful behaviour so they know when something that happens is wrong.
“Repetition is key and this conversation could happen every once in a while in a light-hearted way while helping him or her change clothes or when helping with toileting,” Dr Seeley-Wait says.
Kids also need to learn that they can’t touch other people’s private parts either, so they know what is and what isn’t acceptable when playing.
Ms Kiely-Scott says as well as teaching kids to have autonomy of their private parts, we shouldn’t force them to act in ways they’re not comfortable by making them give someone a hug or kiss.
“Your body is your own” is the message Ms Kiely-Scott says kids need to learn.
But this doesn’t mean kids can be rude or ignore someone just because they don’t want to give them a hug. They can acknowledge the person in a polite way that doesn’t involve unwanted touch.
“If you don’t feel comfortable giving someone a hug or a kiss, that’s OK, you can still say hi politely or give them a high five,” Ms Kiely-Scott says.
“We’ve got to let them trust their gut instincts.”
Teaching kids to trust their instincts also involves helping them know what they are feeling.
One way to do this is to have a conversation about how they felt when they got a bit of a shock — like when a door slammed or a balloon popped.
Ask them how they felt when the noise made them jump and explain that if they get that feeling because someone has done or said something to them, they need to come and tell you, or a trusted adult, right away.
“Sometimes things don’t feel right and if they don’t feel right they probably aren’t,” Ms Kiely-Scott says.
Ms Martin and Ms Kiely-Scott suggest every child have a list of five trusted adults they can turn to for help.
These adults can be parents, aunts and uncles and grandparents as well as teachers, sports coaches and club leaders — anyone the child has regular contact with who could help them if they need it.
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You can ask your child something like “who can you ask for help if you fall over and hurt yourself” to help them know who they could turn to.
The majority of abuse is perpetrated by someone the child knows and trusts, so having a range of adults — both related and not — can be very beneficial.
Dr Seeley-Wait says parents know their children best so the tone of this conversation is up to you.
“If your child is one who takes things very seriously, you will still convey it is important but you will be more light-hearted [in tone],” Dr Seeley-Wait says, so as to not scare the child.
“If your child is someone who does not tend to take things too seriously or looks like they don’t take in what you say normally, I would turn up the seriousness in the chat and have eye contact and let them know ‘this is important, like when I tell you to hold my hand when we cross the street’.
“[You] hopefully make it so the child knows you are serious but you also aren’t worried.”
Men are as influential as women when it comes to helping their sons and daughters feel confident in their own skin.
Talking about bodies, feelings and inappropriate actions be a bit embarrassing, and if your own family never talked about this stuff when you were growing up, it can be hard to know how to start.
“We’ve got to step up as parents and have a conversation, even if it’s foreign to us and goes against what we grew up with,” Ms Kiely-Scott says.
With very young kids, try not to shut them down if they ask something a bit embarrassing in public — either answer them quietly, or tell them you’ll answer them later in the car or at home.
But make sure you do get back to them so they know they can come and talk to you about this stuff.
“If parents don’t get back to them it’s a really clear message to a child that it’s not OK to talk to them,” Ms Kiely-Scott says.
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Dr Seeley-Wait says you should also have little conversations every now and then to check in with your children, and give them an opportunity to tell you anything that is worrying them.
“Some kids will need an opportunity to not look at you to tell you things that they aren’t feeling sure about,” she says.
“And other kids might need you to scan their faces a bit to see if you can help them speak. This, again, is about gauging your child and how she or he can be most comfortable to open up.”
Dr Seeley-Wait says if you notice changes in your child’s behaviour, whether it’s their sleeping habits, eating, toileting or anything, you should try to find out if something is bothering them.
“These changes may not mean they have been abused,” she says.
“These changes could reflect other issues or problems, so it is important for parents to check in by asking specific questions and seeing their child’s reactions.”
If you are worried and you can’t find a way to get your child to open up to you, you can find therapists and psychologists who specialise with children for help.
The Gazette enthusiastically endorsed Democratic State Sen. Pete Lee in October as he ran to represent Senate District 11. It was a mistake, and we rescind our endorsement.
In October, drawing on Lee’s seven years of service in the Colorado House, we wrote:
“Lee’s support of the business community goes far beyond talk. He fought to allow Colorado entrepreneurs to sell stock on the internet. He sponsored a bill to incentivize training of high-tech employees. He worked to increase the money businesses can raise in stock offerings. Lee sponsored a bill to help veterans transition from military service to civilian careers ….”
We viewed him as a wise politician with moderate views and an independent will. We did not care which party he belonged to, because we considered him principled and dedicated to making Colorado a better place in which to live. During just three months in the Senate, Lee has proven us wrong.
Lee votes like a partisan lemming following an extreme party off the cliff. Let’s examine just a sample of his 2019 record:
• Lee voted lockstep with his party to disenfranchise Colorado voters, giving away their electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the popular vote nationally. With an agenda to end-run the U.S. Constitution, Lee helped pass a bill that effectively gives Colorado’s presidential decisions to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and other liberal strongholds.
• Lee voted to harm oil and gas in Colorado, following his party’s lead to stack the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission with environmental activists and to give cities and counties the power to effectively ban production. The measure threatens hundreds of thousands of good jobs and will almost certainly cause a long-term statewide recession.
• Lee sponsored the FAMILI Leave bill, currently working its way through the Senate, which adds new costs for employers and new taxes for employees in order to create the country’s most liberal paid leave program. Voters don’t have to approve the tax, because Lee and others disingenuously call it a “fee.” Our Sunday editorial documents how this poorly written bill taxes the economy to fund three months of paid time off for almost any reason.
• Lee voted for a comprehensive statewide sex education bill that removes local control from decisions about sex education curricula. According to Lee, localities should hobble oil and gas production but have no say over their children’s education.
• He voted for a carelessly worded anti gun-rights bill most county sheriffs oppose on grounds it violates the U.S. Constitution. Even the Denver and Aurora police unions formally object to the Red Flag bill. One of our editorials against the bill reminded readers how District 11 voters recalled former Senate President John Morse for supporting unpopular gun laws. Lee responded by deliberately misrepresenting our editorial in a speech on the Senate floor. Though we have publicly — in writing — opposed recalls built on mere policy conflicts, Lee falsely accused us of “threatening” him with a recall. The written record shows we did no such thing. State Sen. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, proved Lee’s misrepresentation by reading our editorial into the record.
Then there is the little matter of a bill written to protect children from predatory teachers who send “sexting” messages on cell phones.
The purpose of House Bill 1030 is pretty simple, and should be impossible for any sane person to oppose. The bill summary says:
“The bill creates the crime of unlawful electronic sexual communication. The bill prohibits a person who is in a position of trust with respect to a child from communicating with that child through electronic means and describing explicit sexual conduct in the communication.”
After it passed the full House with overwhelming bipartisan support, senators heard the bill Wednesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee — chaired by Lee. It should have been a formality.
Lo and behold, as chair of the committee, Lee voted against the bill. With the cooperation of two other Democratic colleagues, he chose to kill it on a 3-2 party-line vote.
The decision drew gasps. Democrat-friendly Channel 9 news anchor Kyle Clark texted confusion and surprise.
Apparently under duress from flabbergasted colleagues on both sides of the aisle, Lee reconsidered the bill later that day and voted to pass it along to the full Senate.
We cannot imagine any scenario under which a state senator votes against a commonsense bill to protect children from sex predators, particularly those in positions of trust over minors. Lee told 9 News he took issue with the wording. That is a transparently bogus excuse. Committee hearings are held to improve wording — not to kill bills that would protect children from sexual predation. This leaves us to wonder what special interests Lee was serving with his opposition to the bill.
We cannot take it any more. The Gazette takes endorsements seriously, spending countless hours assessing the qualities of candidates, trying to make useful and informed recommendations. A large and growing body of evidence tells us we were wrong about Pete Lee. He governs like the pawn of a party gone wild. We cannot defend our endorsement; Lee’s actions compel us to reverse it.
Despite a distinctly American feel to the latest Netflix hit, it is students from Wales who have already benefitted from Sex Education, it has emerged.
The global teen comedy, launched this month, was filmed in locations across south Wales, including Penarth and Caerleon, Newport.
Students from the area were recruited as extras and behind-the-scenes roles.
Tom Ware of University of South Wales (USW) said working on the series was a “genuinely a life-changing experience”.
A coming-of-age drama based in a British high school, Sex Education centres around Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield), a socially awkward student whose mother, played by The X-Files star Gillian Anderson, is a sex therapist.
However with hallway lockers and students playing American football and not wearing uniforms, viewers have said the school has more of an American feel than a typical British school.
As Netflix looks to appeal to a global audience, series producer Jamie Campbell told Radio 4‘s he wanted the comedy to be far from former school-based programmes such as Grange Hill.
He said: “I love those shows… but we wanted to do something different. We wanted a show that was aspirational.”
It lived up to that ambition for many students involved in filming last summer and USW‘s former Caerleon campus. Some even secured jobs after the show.
Mr Ware, director of production & performance at UHW, said: “For the students it was genuinely a life-changing experience and has already led to further opportunities in film and TV.
“These included with the art department, production team, location crew and various running jobs. Two of our graduates ended up getting longer term jobs on the series.”
One of those was Alfie Knight, 24, of Cardiff, who worked as a production assistant and was offered a job in London immediately after filming.
He added: “I made an absolute wealth of s and friends there which is likely to lead to my next big industry job.”
However the future of the Caerleon campus, which closed in 2016 but was brought back to life as Moordale High in the show, remains uncertain.
A planning on the site was refused in October.
Mr Ware added: “Should future series be commissioned, we are hoping to build on our links with the production next year.”
She burst onto screens as lovable bad-girl Maeve Wiley on Netflix’s Sex Education.
And Emma Mackey put on an elegant display on the pink carpet at the opening ceremony of the Cannes International Series Festival (Canneseries) at the Palais des Festival in Cannes, France on Friday.
The 23-year-old dressed for the event in a long pale pink, sheer frock that hinted at her white slip dress underneath.
Dressed to impress! Emma Mackey put on an elegant display on the pink carpet at the opening ceremony of the Cannes International Series Festival in Cannes, France on Friday
Her dress also featured a unique black leaf pattern and subtle frills that cascaded down and highlighted her slender figure.
She teamed the look with a pair of barely-there sliver heeled sandals to elevate her ensemble.
For make-up she kept it simple with a deep mauve smokey eye, lashings of mascara and she styled her luscious brunette locks into a bun.
All eyes on her! The 23-year-old dressed for the event in a long pale pink, sheer frock that hinted at her white slip dress underneath
The British-French beauty is at the Cannes Series Festival as a jury member to judge programmes from around the world.
She posed for a photo with fellow jurors Italian actress Miriam Leone, French musician Rob, Canadian actress Katheryn Winnick and Swiss director Baran bo Odar.
This comes after she recently discussed what it was like filming sex scenes in Sex Education with her on-screen boyfriend in a post #MeToo environment.
Meet the judges: Emma (centre) posed for a photo with fellow jurors (left to right) Italian actress Miriam Leone, French musician Rob, Canadian actress Katheryn Winnick and Swiss director Baran bo Odar
She told ES magazine: ‘The nudity and the sex stuff was fine, because I knew I had to do it. We had a workshop and worked with an intimacy co-ordinator.
‘We were sorted really, there was a lot of self-love in the show, some full nudity and some half nudity.’
Emma stars as Maeve Wiley in the teenage drama which also features X-Files legend Gillian Anderson as a sex therapist and Asa Butterfield as her son who starts his own sex advice clinic at school alongside Maeve.
Starring role: Emma stars as Maeve Wiley in the teenage drama which also features X-Files alum Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield (left) as her son (pictured on the show)
A presentation by Planned Parenthood in a California middle school has been canceled but an attorney who often fights the abortion giant in The Golden State warns that it never gives up.
Last week, parents in Pacific Grove alerted the Pacific Justice Institute that Planned Parenthood was coming to their children’s middle school to oversee three days of sex education lessons beginning April 1.
Pacific Grove is a coastal city of approximately 15,600 located near Monterey.
PJI attorney Brad Dacus says there was little time to act but he immediately knew the school had violated state law with inadequate notice, and he informed school administrators about that violation and the sex ed lesson was cancelled.
“But we are very concerned that Planned Parenthood will be aggressively coming to middle schools, junior highs, all up and down the state of California, and even outside of California,” Dacus says, “because of new empowering state legislation that is being pushed and will probably be emulated by other states as well.”
PJI has created a free opt-out form on its website for parents to use if they object to their children being subjected to a sex education from Planned Parenthood.
In this day and age of left-wing momentum, even if a caring parent feels like there is little chance of success, Dacus encourages them to speak up and seek help.
Editor’s Note: A gentle warning to listeners across the country. This hour addresses mature subject matter that some may find sexually explicit.
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Shafia Zaloom, health educator at the Urban School in San Francisco. Author of the forthcoming book “Sex, Teens, and Everything in Between: The New and Necessary Conversations Today’s Teenagers Need to Have about Consent, Sexual Harassment, Healthy Relationships, Love, and More.”
Vanity Fair: “Netflix and Pen15 Are Changing the Way TV Does Teen Sex” — “Since its debut in 2017, the Netflix animated series Big Mouth has brought alt-comedy to middle school, allowing performers like Jenny Slate and Jordan Peele to dissect and re-enact the vicissitudes of youth. Though it could be used as a guide for teenagers, it’s become a phenomenon among adult viewers reliving the sordid days of early puberty. Its first season ended with a wry, meta punch line about that very premise. In this scene, the Hormone Monster—Maury, voiced by Nick Kroll—tries to soothe middle schooler Andrew (John Mulaney) by suggesting that despite the shame and anxiety of puberty, ‘maybe one day you’ll look back on this time fondly, and perhaps even make something beautiful out of it.’ Andrew replies, ‘What, like a show about a bunch of kids masturbating?’ His best friend—also voiced by Kroll—asks, ‘Isn’t that basically just like child pornography?’ Maury expresses some worry: ‘Holy s—, I hope not. I mean, maybe if it’s animated, we can get away with it.’ His cartoon eyes turn to the camera. ‘Right?’
“I thought about that scene a lot while watching another Netflix series about teen sexuality, Sex Education. Unlike Big Mouth, Sex Education is live-action—starring Asa Butterfield as a nervous, shy 16-year-old, navigating both school and his ongoing relationship with his mother (Gillian Anderson), a renowned sex therapist. The show is very careful; Sex Education reiterates that its characters are all in a sixth-form college, which technically makes them all just over 16, the age of consent in the United Kingdom. But here in the U.S.—and during a moment when the conversation about sexual consent, and who can give it, is at its most painful and fraught—the legal age of consent varies by state, ranging from 16 to 18. The more you dig into the statutes around consensual teenage sex, the more complex it becomes: the rules are frilled with caveats and gray areas all around the world.”
The Cut: “Welcome to Puberty TV” — “When I was in ninth grade, I sat with my peers in a dingy basement classroom in some forgotten corner of the school, trying to hold back giggles as we watched our gym teacher roll a condom onto a banana. It’s pretty much the only thing I remember from my high school sex-ed class, which glossed over topics such as masturbation, female pleasure, and queer sexuality in favor of teaching us how to protect fruit from STDs. Mostly, I learned about sex from the teenagers on TV and in movies — a more explicit, if still incomplete, course of study. From Degrassi, I learned you can get gonorrhea from giving a blow job. From The O.C., I learned that even ‘straight’ girls are susceptible to the charms of Olivia Wilde with a purple streak in her hair. And when I started having sex, I learned that most of the stuff I had been taught was best forgotten in favor of the messiness of experiencing it all for myself.
“Even though the statistics say that they’re having less sex than previous generations, today’s teens seem far better equipped to understand their nascent sexualities, at least when it comes to pop-culture. In schools across the country, the state of sex education is dire; only 24 states mandate sex-ed, and only half of high schools teach all the topics recommended by the CDC. But on TV, we’re living through a golden era of sex-positive representations of puberty and adolescence, and these shows stand to reshape a generation of young peoples’ understandings of their sexual selves. The most recent offering in this genre is Netflix’s Sex Education, which premiered last weekend and shows the range of teenage sexual experiences without ever casting judgment upon them or turning them into either a fantasy or cautionary tale. I wish I had seen it when I was a teenager.”
The 74: “Rethinking Sex Ed for the #MeToo Moment: A ‘Hugely Significant’ Study Shows That Strengthening Education on Relationships & Consent Can Change the Culture” — “Since 2016, the #MeToo movement has exploded, toppling dozens of powerful people for allegations of sexual harassment and assault. That movement is affecting classrooms too, as lawmakers and educators look to teach students about consent and how to refuse unwanted sexual advances. However, what students learn varies widely across the country, and adults disagree about what sex education should include.
“Experts say that more comprehensive sex education could change the culture in the United States by preparing students for healthy relationships and preventing sexual violence. A new study shows that learning refusal skills can protect students from later sexual assaults, which researchers say indicates that improving sex ed should be the next step for the #MeToo movement — a way to both protect students from being victimized and prevent them from perpetrating assaults.
“‘If administered properly, sex education that’s comprehensive has a unique power to really create a culture shift in this country,’ said Jennifer Driver, state policy director at the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, a nonprofit that advocates for comprehensive sex education.”
Allison Pohle produced this show for broadcast.