Exploring How Body Image Shapes Teen Sexual Health
Responsible Sex Education Institute (RSEI)
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3w ago
The teenage years can be tumultuous, presenting various challenges, particularly regarding body image and sexual health. Young people are bombarded with messages about what their bodies should and shouldn’t look like, which can lead to confusion, insecurity, and negative health outcomes.  We will delve into the ways body image influences teen sexual health, highlighting the psychological and social impacts of body perception on self-esteem and sexuality. By understanding these connections, youth-serving adults can better support teens in developing a safe, fulfilling, and confident approa ..read more
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May is #SexEdForAll Month
Responsible Sex Education Institute (RSEI)
by RSEI
2M ago
Written by Sam, RSEI Educator | Published May 24th, 2024 According to Guttmacher, a leading research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) worldwide (last updated Sept 2023): 38 states and the District of Columbia mandate sex education and/or HIV education. 26 states and DC require instruction to be appropriate for the students’ age. 18 states require program content to be medically accurate. 10 states require the program to provide instruction that is appropriate for a student’s cultural background and that is not biased against any r ..read more
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Sex Educators’ Diss Track for Disinformation
Responsible Sex Education Institute (RSEI)
by RSEI
3M ago
Written by Angie, RSEI Educator | Published April 8th, 2024 With so much technology at our fingertips, we can search for information that we need in an instant. Gone are the days of flipping through massive encyclopedias that might already be outdated by the time publication rolls around. With instant access, we should be at the top of our intellectual prowess, but are we? Even though we have easy access to infinite sources of information, it doesn’t mean that those sources are always accurate, whether well intended or not. Information is shared so easily and readily between folks around the w ..read more
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Body Items* for Body Liberation 
Responsible Sex Education Institute (RSEI)
by RSEI
5M ago
Written by Sam, RSEI Educator | Published February 27th, 2024 This blog is meant to act as a supplemental resource to the December RSEI webinar entitled “Body Items* for Body Liberation.” RSEI Members can access the recording on the Members’ Home Page. For non-members, please email: Professional.Development@pprm.org  Pre-Reading Written Reflection:  Take 3-5 minutes to yourself and answer the following questions:  What comes to mind when you think of “Body Items*”? When did you first learn about “Body Items*” and from where/who? Why might some people choose to use and/or n ..read more
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The Troubling Intersection Between Banned Books and Sexual Health 
Responsible Sex Education Institute (RSEI)
by RSEI
7M ago
Written by Jessica, RSEI Educator | Published January 3rd, 2024 Book bans targeting sexual content are bad news   It could be nude illustrations about puberty like in Robie Harris’s 1994 landmark sexual health book for kids ages 10 and up, It’s Perfectly Normal, or the tension-filled first kiss between two queer teens in Kacen Callendar’s 2020 young adult novel Felix Ever After.  A striking 61% of U.S. book challenges during the 2021-2022 school year listed “sexual” content as part of the rationale for the challenge, according to a recent analysis from the Washington Post. Anoth ..read more
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Sex Ed Supports Youth Mental Health
Responsible Sex Education Institute (RSEI)
by RSEI
10M ago
Written by Victoria, RSEI Educator | Published September 27th, 2023 If you’re reading this, you probably already know how important sex education is in supporting young people to live happy and fulfilling lives. But given the impacts of COVID-19, it is more important than ever that we support young people’s mental health. In this blog, we are going to explore some of the latest research on youth mental health and share how sex education supports better mental health outcomes. Expanding access to sexual health information and creating more inclusive sex ed spaces could help improve, or even sav ..read more
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OPill: No Doctor’s Note Needed!
Responsible Sex Education Institute (RSEI)
by RSEI
1y ago
Written by Sam, RSEI Educator | Published August 3rd, 2023 What is OPill? On Thursday, July 13, 2023, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved OPill, the first non-prescription birth control pill for use in the United States–potentially allowing millions of people access to a safe, effective oral contraceptive during a pivotal time when many states across the U.S. have continued to restrict access to birth control, abortion services and other forms of reproductive health care. OPill, sold in boxes containing a 28-day supply, may be available as soon as 2024 and will be sold over the co ..read more
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Sex Ed Recess: Games, Crafts, and Other Activities
Responsible Sex Education Institute (RSEI)
by RSEI
1y ago
Written by Liza, RSEI Educator | Published July 5th, 2023 As we all know, sex education can be a real snooze for students. Just kidding! Even though sex education is already an exciting topic, there is always space to add some fun. Below is a list of games, crafts, and other activities that can be facilitated with participants from elementary school aged to adults. There are recommended ages for each, but you know your group best! Try them with coworkers, at a crafternoon with friends, or even by yourself to unwind.  Mini Zines all ages First order of business, you got to learn how to mak ..read more
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Centering Black Bodies, Black History and Black Wellness within Sex Ed
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by RSEI
1y ago
Written by Sam, RSEI Educator | Published May 8th, 2023 Please note: This blog is meant to be supplemental to the April webinar entitled “Centering Black Bodies, Black History, and Black Wellness within Sex Ed.” RSEI Members can access the recording on the Members’ Home Page. For non-members, please email: Professional.Development@pprm.org  “Let [them] be born and handled warmly.” – “Anarcha, Betsey, Lucy” website To handle our Black youth with warmth, means to center Choice, Information, Consent and Compassion in our learning spaces and classrooms. This is a necessary act because histori ..read more
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National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Responsible Sex Education Institute (RSEI)
by RSEI
1y ago
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness day is observed each year on March 20th, the first day of Spring. The day is held to honor and bring awareness to Indigenous people affected by and living with HIV/AIDS. The event was started in 2007 and continues to promote HIV testing and continued education about HIV/AIDS in Native communities. NNHAAD was established by three agencies that were funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide resources to develop and strengthen the HIV programs within the tribes they were serving. Since establishment, nine additional health programs have ..read more
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