A good friend of mine called me the other day for some guidance on how to talk to her grade 2 son about people who are transgender. Apparently at recess he and a few of his friends were talking about how much it hurts to get kicked in the testicles (she did confirm they were using the scientific names for this body part, at least!) and one of the boys said, “Not for Caitlyn Jenner, she doesn’t have balls anymore.”
Saleema was in Body Science class with Grade 1s one morning recently talking about how babies are made when an egg and sperm join...
Student: What if a woman has two men in her vagina?
Saleema: Well, only one man can deliver sperm at one time.
Student: But what if...
I recently came across a Canadian study that explored the characteristics of victims of sexual coercion. Sexual coercion is a broad category often used by contemporary researchers to refer to the spectrum of people (men, women and transgender folks) whose experiences range from being pressured in some way either implicitly or explicitly to engage in sexual contact to people that have experienced overt violence and sexual assault.
Much like we used pig latin when we were growing up, teens these days have a very specific text language they use in an effort to keep parents guessing. This slang involves numbers or symbols replacing certain letters in words, abbreviations and, most commonly, acronyms.
The pervasive availability of online pornography might just be the scariest of all the relevant sexual health topics we need to be discussing with youth. When discussing porn with our youth comes up in my sessions with parents they often look both terrified and relieved to finally be talking about it.
The other day I was teaching a grade 6/7 class and in the anonymous questions I came across a particularly unique one. A person wrote that they had been finding used condoms around and that recently their 14 year old sister had bought a pregnancy test. What should I do the person asked. When I came across it I was quite surprised as this was the first question of that type I had ever received.
After I finish writing this, my first blog, I will head out to teach my first presentation of 2012. I know that for most students and teachers school started last week, but I had the luxury of easing back to work after Christmas slowly. And I find myself feeling much like I do at the start of every year...