I am very adamant about making Women's Studies into a department. There are so many things that we do not have and cannot do because we are not a department.
In my group, it has come to my attention that people would like to know about some of the things that are going on in the world that affect women. I do not focus specifically on women in all of the topics that I discuss, but the topics I do pick are important to women as well.
Here is one of the topics:
America seems to be very concerned with sex and anything about it. Current sex education is abstinence-only, which is not effective. Because of this form of sex education, the rates of STDs and unplanned pregnancy have grown immensely. People do not know how to use condoms or how STDs are transmitted.
Surprisingly, comprehensive sex education used to be a common thing but has been phased out. There has been a group put together by the Unitarian Church (along with another partner church of a different religion), dedicated to teaching comprehensive sex education in the church. Parents have the option to view the material that their children will be exposed to and opt out of certain sex topics. This group teaches children from K-6 grade, 7-9 grade, and 10-12 grade. There is also a program for adults, which would include college students and older. Apart from that, there is also a program for adults 50+.
What do you think about sex education? Which form do you think is better? Would you have liked to have had comprehensive sex education? What would you like your children to learn?