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Gender-Equality Sex Ed. Rewrite ② - Question Time

Gender-Equality Sex Ed. Rewrite ② - Question Time

The Storyteller: Teacher JeongYeon

Gender-Equality Sex Ed. Rewrite ② - Question Time

Now on Another Planet Every person’s fate is like the history of a planet. No two planets are alike and each is distinct. Here we will introduce the planets of others to feed your curiosity. Find wisdom in real stories based on real peoples experiences, thoughts, and lives. JeongYeon tells you an interesting story...
The Story so Far This article picks up after JeongYeon’s ‘Gender-Equality Sex Ed. Rewrite ① - Curriculum’. Starting from there will add to the fun!

In the last episode ⏩

So what kind of education do middle school students want? About a month after I started teaching the sex education unit, I asked my first grade middle school students to write down ‘what you want to know and learn about sex'.

Middle School Students Sex Ed. Curiosity Time

Of course I got a lot of answers like ‘I don’t know’ and ‘nothing really’, but I was also able to get a better understanding of the range of curiosity than I thought I would. Largely, the questions could be classified into ‘sexual relationships’, ‘contraception’, ‘the body and sexual health’, ‘menstruation’, ‘self-image and identity’, ‘dating’, ‘sexual crimes’, ‘sexual desire and masturbation’, and ‘searching for sexual information’. If you look at each in detail, you can understand what students these days want to know.

Topics and Questions South Korean Middle School 1st Grade Students are most curious about.

If there was an education method To answer everyone’s curiosities

As can be seen in the students' responses, interest and curiosity about sex exists in everyone, and it is not limited to a narrow range such as physical contact or sexual behavior. This is because sex, sexuality and gender are very prominent parts of our mind and body.

Sexuality’ is the basis for recognizing the preciousness of the body, understanding the joys of the body, and ensuring healthy functioning of the body that makes up the individual that is ‘me’.

The social perception of my body, the way in which "my body" is accepted in relationships with others, and my relationship with other people's bodies can work to both develop and harm an individual’s mentality. Therefore, sex education plays a huge role in public education given to everyone.

Of course, proper sex education requires efforts in various areas as well as just changes in the content and language covered in the textbook. I believe that even if the same content is delivered, it reaches the learner completely differently depending on the teacher's language and attitude.

So for effective education, teachers in charge of sex education should base their lessons on gender equality awareness and respect for individual bodies and identities. To do this, quality education for teachers must be steadily provided along with constant professional development.

Times are changing steadily, and the perceptions of society as a whole and students are changing and growing. Sexual education in schools should also be changed in a way that allows it to convey useful and necessary sexual knowledge, and teaches students to respect themselves and others in line with the trend of change.

Could we become a society where students receive gender-equal sex education that affirms and respects the identities of themselves and others? 

I think its possible if we have the interest and support of enough people. Next year in Korea, the "2022 Revised Curriculum" will be announced, and textbooks and classes will be changed accordingly. I hope it will be changed to a curriculum that respects diversity much more than current sex education and acknowledges how to affirm and respect oneself as a sexual subject.

학교 성교육 앞으로 더 발전해야 할까?

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    숨어있는 자기 1

    남자들 성기만 제대로 보여주고 여자들은 뭐 소중한듯이 안 보여주는게 화났음 발기도 성적으로 흥분하면 서기도 하지만 자신의 의지와 상관 없이 서는것도 알려줘야지 이런것들이 학교 성교육 문제야 이런걸 제대로 안알려주닌깐 애들이 제대로 모르지 그리고 남자애들한테 월경,생리 이해하고 배려하라고 강요하지마... 뭐든 강요하면 더 하기싫은 법이야

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      숨어있는 자기 3

      이거 진짜로…

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    숨어있는 자기 2

    너무 좋은 글이에요. 학교 성교육 부족합니다 정말

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    숨어있는 자기 4

    어차피 다 알게될 거, 이왕이면 공공교육기관에서 올바르고 정확한 지식을 전달하는 게 천 배, 아니 만 배는 더 나은데 왜 '정자와 난자가 만나면 수정이 된단다'와 같이 이미 알고 있는 내용만 반복하는 성교육만 실시하는 걸까요 학교 내 성교육보다 포르노로 성을 처음 접하는 사람들이 많을 거예요. 제가 그랬거든요. 그럼 상대 성별에 대한 잘못된 이해와 성관념이 만들어지기 쉽고, 모든 기준이 포르노배우에 맞춰져서 '나는 왜 색깔이 이럴까', '저 남자(여자) 성기(가슴)처럼 안 클까' 이런 말도 안되는 고민을 하며 스트레스를 받을 수도 있고요. 인터넷이 고도로 발전된 지금, 어차피 학생 때 다 알고 보게 될 거 학교에서 피임, 임신/출산, 월경, 성관계뿐만 아니라 원치 않는 관계에 대해 거절하고 이를 납득하는 법, 그리고 몽정이나 발기에 대해서도 제대로 다소 노골적인 시선이 될 수 있어도 제대로 교육하는 게 제일 중요하다고 생각합니다.

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    숨어있는 자기 5

    고등학교 때 가정쌤이 엄청 개방적이고 젊은 쌤이셔서 다들 눈에 불을 켜고 하고 싶었던 모든 질문을 다 했었음ㅋㅋ(공학인데 1학년 때만 여자남자분반) 덕분에 많은 것들을 배울 수 있었던 거 같음ㅠ 성병이나 이런 부분들도.. 남친이 원하지 않았던 스킨십했을 때도 가정쌤한테 가서 상담할 정도로..(이런 거 잘 못하는 성격인데..)신뢰감 굳굳~~!

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