In what ways will Sexuality Education influence the U.S and the World?

Michael P.

Emerging as a young global leader and a role model for all reluctant in a time of reaction, the U.S can shine a clear beacon of hope to all those left in the dark corners of confusion through programs like Comprehensive Sexuality Education, which will relieve and direct the pains of reproductive rights, gender rights, and gay marriage.

1. Reproductive rights (human rights)
- reproductive healthcare/ education and access

2. Gender roles
- Transgendered
- Sexual Orientation

3. Gay rights
- same-sex marriage
- same-sex adoption

- future complications
-U.S as leader


Sexuality Education

With the constant rise of HIV/AIDS, abortion, and STI’s, the American people and the world are now turning to sexuality education. Sexuality education is a life long process of learning how to sustain a healthy life style while shaping your attitudes, beliefs and values when it comes to sex. The most prevalent, now absent, were mainly abstinence-only programs taught nationwide in a majority of U.S schools. Highly funded, and staggering failure rates, this once prized universal solution is now being cast off for its programs that only emphasized in abstinence for all sexual behavior. There are some ranging from abstinence based and only-until marriage programs which do include contraceptives and disease prevention methods, but typically emphasized the failure rates for them. Realizing that those programs gravitated around fear, shame, and guilt, the U.S today have trimmed down federal funding for them and began to entrust in Comprehensive Sexuality Education.
Unlike the latter type programs which only relied on negative messages, distortion or biasing of “gender, sexual orientation, marriage, family structure and pregnancy options” (SIECUS, 2007, para. 4), C.S.E provides a K-12 initiative of medically accurate information ranging from human development, relationships, decision making, contraception, disease prevention and even abstinence. Despite this newly surge for a final resolution; some Americans feel sexuality education should be placed in the closet for later attending. The growing pains and controversies America faces and feels are at upmost importance; reproductive rights, gender role equality and gay rights are seen most attentive. The goals of sexuality education and what the C.S.E program brings will impact these spheres and relieve this young nation and help it grow to its full potential. While the U.S is growing in an age old world, these rapid changes; spurts of understanding and comprehension through programs such as C.S.E will progress the U.S into a future of maturity. Emerging as a young global leader and a role model for all reluctant in a time of reaction, the U.S can shine a clear beacon of hope to all those lost in the dark corners of confusion through programs like C.S.E, which will relieve and direct the pains of reproductive rights, gender roles, and gay rights.

A reproductive right includes decisions to be made freely and responsibly by individuals and couples regarding sexual and reproductive health. At the highest standards people have the right to choose for themselves freely from discrimination or any detrimental means. As an integral part of our basic human rights, reproductive or sexual rights recently faced impediments towards access in sexual education. Other accesses such as safe and legal abortion and contraceptives were also issues of verbal contention in many households nationwide. These days Americans are in strong support for these broader type programs of sexuality education; C.S.E and similar programs have provided “age-appropriate, medically accurate information on a broader set of topics related to sexuality including human development, relationships, decision-making, abstinence, contraception, and disease prevention” (SIECUS, 2007 para.1) With this in mind a basic acceptance that such educational accesses are a must and by the expanding C.S.E programs and other alike, the U.S is demonstrating that a need for alleviation would rest in these types of programs. Such a declaration would certainly portray the U.S as an independent individual who has come to an understanding that giving access to such programs is a necessity in order for opportunities to be taken. Another opportunity that will soon be provided is abortion. Now the U.S and the world surrounding had made several conclusions that such access would not be included in a person, (woman’s) reproductive right. On going attempts to make abortions illegal to save the unborn baby were argued but persistently challenged by those who felt if legalize would prevent imperils to a woman’s health. The situation at hand would be the hindrance of such access to sexual education and contraception. Through programs like C.S.E will eventually dissipate the need to prevent a woman from choosing what proper decision to make. Providing access to sexual education that does include contraceptives and preventive measures will dilute the toxins that infringe upon what type of autonomy a woman has over her body. With understanding about the body, knowledge, choice, but most importantly access will be C.S.E’s underlying role for the sexual right of abortion and the model of how the rights of a human will be campaigned.

As a human one is born into a caste system only to await whether or not their room is pink or blue. Others who are born and not quickly assigned by our culture have deviated from the many roles of our societal norms. These human beings, their attitudes, behaviors and responsibilities have been hindered to secede in certain definable characteristics. Displaying a bit of ambiguity to the world, these people are susceptible to only sex-reassignment surgery or treated for gender identity disorder which to an extent is voluntary. But willingness to change one’s body, to be socially and surgically acceptable would not be the extent of any appropriate measure to take. Those who refer to themselves under the transgender umbrella term range from, cross-dressers, drag queens, kings, intersex and even transsexuals; all with anatomies that do not conform to gender roles. Now one of C.S.E basic aspects surrounds these identities and roles of gender. As a sexuality program, C.S.E can help educate and reach out to those who umbrella themselves from complications such as discrimination or self-affliction. When sexual orientation comes to mind C.S.E will promote the same principles of self-development by providing information for people to form their own values and beliefs. Unlike gender identity which is how one identifies oneself, sexual orientation involves how one feels, attraction, love towards another. Both differing but treated just the same as problems America and worse the world faces. But the emphasis in sexuality programs; to educate people of all types of love, identities, orientation, roles and beliefs will be implemented so that such unnecessary acts of shame and affliction would be contemplated deeply before acted upon.

Today those who are acting upon these beliefs face ongoing complications. The GLBT community (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) have been through many movements, activism, street marchers and lobbying all for the same rights that people in America are given; such as income taxes, estate taxes and even employment benefits. It became apparent when the right for same-sex marriage was challenged and fought over for same-sex couples. Many states in the U.S are now progressing towards such degrees of freedom as by providing healthcare and lifting anti-discrimination laws but still the issue of marriage is in constant upheaval in legislation and at home. Such an acknowledgement by this institution cannot seem to understand that a union between to individuals encompasses emotions as love, or even intimacy which obviously can take on many shapes and sizes. It is imperative that marriage is a human right where a union between individuals is measured an emotion far greater than ones sexual orientation. A modest proposal shall be placed that with sexuality and the essence of affection, ones gender roles, and intimacy we can say that legalization of marriage for same-sex couples will be placed in retrospect for future generations to frown upon. This shame the future carries allows us to see that with programs like C.S.E: informing, educating, and influence will turn the spheres of the psychological, biological and sociological dimensions of our societies.
Among the many complications still at hand a concern for adoption remains hidden to the majority except only those same-sex couples looking to adopt. The procedure regarding same-sex couples is regarded as restricted in the U.S or non-existent; for now. Few states do however provide the option for a single person to adopt regardless of sexual orientation but in exchange for that person to not be cohabiting. Other states are now progressing to a realization that gay parents would serve just like foster parents, or even legal guardians. An extreme case has same-sex adoption banned because of an invalid marriage which for some absurd reason those same states do not even have rights for same-sex marriage. The failure of the U.S not only lacked the knowledge of differing families but the compassion towards couples looking to share something that most households worldwide conceive.

The future that lies ahead for the U.S and the world remains uncertain but with programs like C.S.E that promotes such things like compassion and understanding will prepare us to further matters of injustice. Advancements in technologies at corresponding rates as HIV/AIDS and abortion will someday reach artificial intelligence to a level that we may be unfamiliar with. Troubles that may result would include the same complications we once battled such as gay rights, diseases and human rights. Towards those days to come human rights will be understood as universal rights; where dignity, equality and benevolence may coincide peacefully with each other. But until we reach this achievement, endurance and patience must take place. If not the world then the U.S must be this leader to alleviate the pains of growth; through C.S.E and programs alike can we bring that city on a hill to shine its beacon once more to the darkest corners of the globe.


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