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Sexuality Matters

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ISBN:978-1-913014-18-6

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Introductory sexuality education course which covers identities, relationships, communication skills, sexual pleasure, and sexual health resources. Students will learn about how to clarify personal values and beliefs, establish boundaries, and advocate for their own and others’ sexuality.

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What is sexuality and how is it influenced? Using a socio- ecological model, sexuality is influenced by multiple levels of sources that impact individual attitudes, beliefs, and behavior, including relationships, community, and society. Larger systems include the media, culture, societal norms, and policy. Organizational impacts include formal sexuality education, school, and faith. Finally, familial and peer sources also influence the individual. Each individual can acknowledge their own influences and how they’ve influenced these various sources.

What are the differences between sex assigned at birth, gender identity, expression, sexual orientation, and romantic orientation? What does it mean when we say these identities are not binary, but rather exist on spectrums? In this topic, we discuss the complexities of sexual identity.

In this topic, we’ll discuss how being knowledgeable about human anatomy aids in our understanding of pleasure, variations that can occur, and how pregnancy occurs and is prevented. We’ll also look at the relationship between Piran’s Developmental Theory of Embodiment and sexuality.

This topic is about the variety of ways that people can choose to express their sexuality through sexual behaviors. These include both solo and partnered activities.

Communicating openly and honestly about our bodies, pleasure, sex, and our emotional and physical needs is an important component of sexuality and healthy relationships. Being thoughtful about how we communicate with others and their communication styles can lead to more effective discussions.

This topic will explore the different types of relationships people choose, how healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships are characterized, and strategies to maintain healthy relationships and leave abusive situations.

This topic covers the most common sexually transmitted infections, how they’re diagnosed, and how they’re treated.

All sexual activity comes with some inherent risk. Understanding how sexuality transmitted infections are transmitted and the barrier methods most appropriate to reduce your personal risk of contracting them are important components of sexual health.

Regardless of your decisions in life, a reproductive life plan can help you to be thoughtful in successfully achieving your goals. This topic will discuss the concept of a reproductive life plan and various methods of contraception.

Addresses basic information on pregnancy outcomes. You’ll consider your values and beliefs, what you want for yourself now and in the future, and whom you could talk to about these outcomes if you wanted to discuss.

This topic covers important topics, including defining and communicating affirmative consent, definitions of sexual harassment, stalking, and assault and the structural systems in place that perpetuate them, and how to support victim/survivors.

What does it mean to be an advocate for yourself and others with regards to sexuality? Why is it important? In this topic, we’ll address what being an advocate and an ally means, as well as provide strategies for intervening in situations harmful to others.

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