Brave New World: Call to strip gender talk from sex-ed classes

Brave New World: Call to strip gender talk from sex-ed classes, by Rebecca Urban.

Gender could be stripped from classroom talks about sex and anatomy, with body parts described according to their function rather than being considered “male” or “female”, in a proposal by two academics to make school sex education more inclusive of transgender youth.

The terms “penis” and “vagina” could be replaced with gender-neutral terms, while reproduction and safe sex could be taught without referring to “sperm and eggs”.

In a paper published in the Journal of Sex Education, Damien Riggs and Clare Bartholomaeus of Flinders University in South Australia have called for sex education programs in schools to extend beyond the “norm of … a male with a penis and female with a vagina”. …

Another subject suggests the term “erectile tissue” could describe both the penis and clitoris.

“Educators and sexuality education programs must … develop ways of talking about bodies and intimacy that shift attention away from the normative association of particular genders with particular anatomies,” the report says.