WBEZ | sex ed http://www.wbez.org/tags/sex-ed Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The CDC Gives U.S. Schools Low Marks In Sex Ed http://www.wbez.org/news/cdc-gives-us-schools-low-marks-sex-ed-114131 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/5366507880_f55291dc21_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Fewer than one-fifth of middle schools &mdash; and half of high schools &mdash; are teaching all of the sex education topics recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a new study reveals.</p><p><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/profiles/index.htm">The CDC report</a>&nbsp;found that, for every age group, the least likely topics to be taught were how to get and use condoms.</p><p>The results, from the 2013-14 school year, did not surprise Stephanie Zaza, the director of the CDC&#39;s Division of Adolescent and School Health, who oversaw the survey administration. &quot;As far back as I can recall,&quot; she says of the low rates of compliance, &quot;it&#39;s been pretty flat.&quot;</p><p>The research confirms what students like Marcella Morales-Lugo in New York City have long experienced. Her first sex-education class was in eighth grade, and, as so often happens, it was taught by her physical education teacher.</p><p>&quot;It was a little awkward,&quot; recalls Morales-Lugo, now a high school senior. &quot;One period she was telling me to do jumping jacks and the next she was telling me about gonorrhea.&quot;</p><p>The class, she adds, was too little, too late: &quot;I started to see my girlfriends getting pregnant, and this is middle school. It broke my heart.&quot;</p><div id="res458977391"><div id="responsive-embed-sex-ed-20151208">&nbsp;</div><p data-pym-src="http://apps.npr.org/dailygraphics/graphics/sex-ed-20151208/child.html">&nbsp;</p><script src="http://apps.npr.org/dailygraphics/graphics/sex-ed-20151208/js/lib/pym.js" type="text/javascript"></script></div><p>As part of its biennial school health profile, the CDC asked all states to survey school health educators on what they teach to students when it comes to sex. Ultimately, 44 states had enough respondents to be included in the data, which also looked at certain large urban school districts and U.S. territories.</p><p>The survey listed 16 recommended topics as critical to sexual health, falling under four broad subject areas: HIV prevention, STD prevention, pregnancy prevention and information on sexuality.</p><p>The findings offer a glimpse inside thousands of classrooms to reveal that what gets taught about sex &mdash; often decided at the district level &mdash; varies widely nationwide.</p><p>For example, the study found that Kentucky had the lowest rate of the states surveyed for teaching middle schoolers the full range of recommended material, at just under 4 percent. North Carolina had the highest rate for middle schoolers, with over 45 percent.</p><p>In high school, the gap is even wider. In New Jersey, 9 out of 10 high school students receive the full list of recommended topics. Arizona was lowest in the survey, with fewer than 1 in 5 students.</p><p>Zaza says there&#39;s a variety of reasons why sex education is sometimes put on the back burner, including a lack of time or qualified staff, or restrictive policies.</p><p>But, she argues, it&#39;s critical for schools to have these conversations with students early.</p><p>Young people are a high-risk population when it comes to sexual health:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/index.htm">Nearly half</a>&nbsp;of high school students say they have had sex, and half of all new sexually transmitted infections occur in people ages&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats14/adol.htm">24 and younger</a>.</p><p>&quot;We can actually help prepare students and help them avoid these risks,&quot; she says, &quot;if we can do a good job educating them before they become sexually active.&quot;</p><p>Marcella Morales-Lugo says she agrees. She says some of her classmates might have made different choices. &quot;There&#39;s such a big stigma around being a teen mom,&quot; she says. &quot;With the information they should have been getting, they probably would have made a healthier decision.&quot;</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/12/10/457281553/the-cdc-gives-u-s-schools-low-marks-in-sex-ed?ft=nprml&amp;f=457281553" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Thu, 10 Dec 2015 16:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/cdc-gives-us-schools-low-marks-sex-ed-114131 Global Activism: Long Grove native advocates for sex education in Africa http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-long-grove-native-advocates-sex-education-africa-110256 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-Afreaka.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Dana deGrazia was so inspired by the work of her sister and Global Activist, Aliya deGrazia (Small Planet, Big Plans), that she started her own NGO, &ldquo;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/AfreakaMovement">Afreaka</a>.&quot; It came from two experiences in Dana&rsquo;s life: her less than adequate experience with sex education in junior high school; and her time as a student in Kenya, where she was &ldquo;shocked&rdquo; from &ldquo;the lack of factual information in all areas of sex education.&rdquo; Afreaka&rsquo;s goal is to &ldquo;provide accurate and unbiased knowledge about sexual health, parenthood and contraception choices to teens and young adults across African generations through urban art and music...&rdquo; Dana joins us to discuss her work.<iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146303042&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe><strong>Dana is passioante about her cause:</strong></p><p><em>I got my first sex education in junior high school and I realized even then that we had a problem. It was full of generalized points and lots of giggling and laughing but not a lot of practical information. I also realized that I was more comfortable than the average person addressing the issues. I took this into other areas in high school such as becoming president of the Gay Straight Alliance and working to have straight and clear conversations about the choices young people are considering. The older I got, the more disappointed I became in the quantity and quality of information, but I was really blown away when I went to Africa. </em></p><p><em>Initially I went to Africa to peruse a degree in International Relations. I have always believed if you are going to work in that field you should spend more than a semester in Spain drinking Sangria. So I moved in with my sister who had an apartment there and was working on her degree. I am now majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in International Relations. I intend on pursuing a career in international anti-corruption investigations.</em></p><p><em>Living in the community and talking to my peers I was shocked and concerned by the lack of factual information in all areas of sex education. A healthy understanding of both sex and intimacy should not be an oddity for anyone, especially not someone my age. The longer I lived in Kenya, the more I realized that it was an oddity for people. I traced this not only to a lack of unbiased information but to people, even health care professionals, providing sometimes outlandishly inaccurate information.</em></p><p><em>When I first came up with the concept for Afreaka it was actually because I was drawing and I drew a design that I liked and would wear on a piece of clothing, but then I decided I liked a lot of my designs and that if I were going to do something like a clothing line I wanted it to mean more to the world and to make a difference to people. From there the ideas just kept flowing. Although I was born and raised in Illinois I consider Kenya my home as I have lived there since I was 17. Seeing people in the U.S., and in Kenya struggle with conversations about sex and intimacy made me decide that something needed to be done but it needed to be done differently as what we were doing was not working for my generation.</em></p><p><em>My Parents and my sister Aliya, who has been on Worldview twice discussing her work in rural Kenya, are an inspirational and driving force to keep me pushing forward. With their encouragement and support I know Afreaka can break through the walls that separate the generations from having real communication.</em></p><p><em>With a background as the former president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at a top high school, a senior graduate of a world renowned communications program and extensive traveling around Africa I am confident I can, along with a team of committed and energetic musicians, artists and designers, create lasting and revolutionary change in the way sex and intimacy is looked at and talked about with young people today. Afreaka may be a young organization now but with time I believe it will become a leader in changing the way the world treats the conversation about sex and intimacy and it will put Africa at the head of forward and open thinking about one of the most personal topics people face.</em></p><p><em>Afreaka to me is the possibility of knowledge, full self-expression and communication world-wide.</em></p></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-long-grove-native-advocates-sex-education-africa-110256 Morning Shift: Avoid getting checked out at the checkout line http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-27/morning-shift-avoid-getting-checked-out-checkout-line <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Basket - Flickr- bcostin.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>WBEZ producer Monica Eng shares the details of a study exploring what items people buy to disguise another embarrassing item in their shopping basket. Also, Chicago public schools are getting ready to teach comprehensive sex education courses. What&#39;s in the curriculum?</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-52/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-52.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-52" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Avoid getting checked out at the checkout line" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 08:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-27/morning-shift-avoid-getting-checked-out-checkout-line Elizabeth Smart decries abstinence-only sex ed, and her message hits home http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-05/elizabeth-smart-decries-abstinence-only-sex-ed-and-her-message-hits-home <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/elizabeth-smart-ap.jpg" style="float: left; " title="Rape survivor turned advocate Elizabeth Smart says abstinence-only education harms victims of sexual assault. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart) " /></p><p class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif; ">Before Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Berry&#39;s young daughter were <a href="http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/07/18098905-can-i-help-neighbor-charles-ramsey-tells-of-role-in-discovery-of-missing-women?lite" target="_blank">discovered in the basement </a>of a Cleveland home on Monday, held captive by a neighborhood man for over 10 years, the nation was captivated by another abducted girl-turned miracle story: the case of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Smart_kidnapping" target="_blank">Elizabeth Smart</a>.</span></span></p><p class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif; ">In 2002, 14-year-old Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in Salt Lake City. She was found nine months later, only 18 miles from her home, and her captors (who also raped her repeatedly and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2013/0507/Elizabeth-Smart-urges-privacy-compassion-It-s-not-their-fault." target="_blank">threatened to kill her</a>) were sentenced to life in prison.&nbsp;</span></span></p><p class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif; ">Today, Smart is working on behalf of the <a href="http://elizabethsmartfoundation.org" target="_blank">Elizabeth Smart Foundation</a> for abduction awareness, and in light of recent events in Ohio, speaking out against <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/05/06/elizabeth_smart_abstinence_only_sex_education_hurts_victims_of_rape_and.html" target="_blank">abstinence-only education</a> and its detrimental effects on victims of rape and human trafficking.</span></span></p><p class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif; ">During a <a href="http://gawker.com/elizabeth-smart-abstinence-only-education-kept-me-from-493645144" target="_blank">panel at John Hopkins</a> last week, Smart (now 25 and finishing up a music degree at Brigham Young University) described how intense guilt and shame kept her from escaping her abusers:&nbsp;</span></span></p><blockquote><p class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif; ">&quot;<span style="line-height: 18px; ">I remember in school one time, I had a teacher who was talking about abstinence,&rdquo; Smart told the panel, &ldquo;And she said, &#39;Imagine you&rsquo;re a stick of gum. When you engage in sex, that&rsquo;s like getting chewed. And if you do that lots of times, you&rsquo;re going to become an old piece of gum, and who is going to want you after that?&rsquo; Well, that&rsquo;s terrible. No one should ever say that. But for me, I thought, &lsquo;I&rsquo;m that chewed-up piece of gum.&rsquo; Nobody re-chews a piece of gum. You throw it away. And that&rsquo;s how easy it is to feel you no longer have worth. Your life no longer has value.&quot;</span></span></span></p></blockquote><p class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif; ">I received a similar abstinence-only lecture while attending Catholic school in Texas. As I sat in a gymnasium with 200 other girls between the ages of 12 and 14, a speaker put on a pair of velcro garden gloves (&quot;Barbie and Ken,&quot; he called them), slapped his hands together and then pulled them apart with a loud, drawn-out ripping noise.</span></span></p><p class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif; ">&quot;That&#39;s the sound of your virginity being taken away,&quot; he said.</span></span></p><p class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif; ">On another occasion, my middle school classmates and I were shown pictures of aborted fetuses, then given white cards that we had to spray to reveal our pink stains of STDs from pre-marital sex.</span></span></p><p class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif; font-size: 16px; ">I got chlymadia on the card, but not in real life. Meanwhile, the abortion scare tactics seemed to have little effect on my peers, as many of them went on to have sex behind the bleachers in high school.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif; ">Unfortunately, this &quot;<a href="http://jezebel.com/female-purity-is-bullshit-493278191" target="_blank">virgin purity</a>&quot; absurdity is perpetuated by faiths the world over, and causes religious victims of rape and molestation to feel even more worthless than they would already.</span></span></p><p class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif; ">After being raised in a Mormon household, Smart attests that she felt &quot;<a href="http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/05/07/elizabeth-smart-and-the-case-against-christian-abstinence-education/" target="_blank">so dirty and filthy</a>&quot; for being forced into pre-marital sex, and understands why victims don&#39;t run for &quot;that alone.&quot;</span></span></p><p class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif; ">However, she also believes that instead of slut-shaming children with creepy used gum and <a href="http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2012/04/18/if-you-had-sex-before-marriage-youre-like-dirty-water/" target="_blank">premarital-sex-is-like-being-a-dirty-glass-of-water</a> analogies, they should be taught that &quot;they have value no matter what.&quot;</span></span></p><p class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif; ">Smart remains a devout Mormon to this day (married to a young man whom she <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/02/24/elizabeth-smart-marries-scottish-prince-charming-in-dream-hawaii-wedding.html" target="_blank">met on a mission</a>, no less) but her strength and courage in denouncing a key component of the religious right proves that she is a true advocate for <a href="http://feministing.com/2013/05/06/elizabeth-smart-says-abstinence-only-education-made-her-feel-like-a-chewed-up-piece-of-gum/" target="_blank">more comprehensive sex education</a> as well.&nbsp;</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif; ">When asked for her thoughts on the <a href="http://www.inquisitr.com/652495/elizabeth-smart-thrilled-at-ohio-kidnap-rescue/" target="_blank">Ohio kidnap rescue</a> earlier this week, Smart said that she hopes the three victims will &quot;find their own pathway back to some sense of well-being&quot; and not blame themselves for the abuse that they were forced to endure:</span></span></p><blockquote><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif; "><span style="text-align: left; ">&ldquo;[Their abductor] has stolen so much from them already, they deserve to be happy,&quot; Smart told ABC&#39;s <em>Good Morning America</em>, &quot;I would tell them I hope that they realize there is so much ahead of them, that they don&rsquo;t need to hold on to the past &hellip; They don&rsquo;t need to relive everything that&rsquo;s happened, because it&rsquo;s proof, their rescue is proof that there are good people out there.&quot;</span></span></span></p></blockquote><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif; "><span style="text-align: left; ">&quot;It&#39;s not their fault,&quot; Smart made sure to add, &quot;It&#39;s never their fault.&quot;</span></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif; "><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow her on Twitter&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a>&nbsp;or join the conversation on <a href="https://www.facebook.com" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp;</em></span></span></p></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-05/elizabeth-smart-decries-abstinence-only-sex-ed-and-her-message-hits-home The Paper Machete Extra: WBEZ's jog down memory lane with Julia Sweeney http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-02/paper-machete-extra-wbezs-jog-down-memory-lane-julia-sweeney-91466 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-02/4352956526_e36eeb9d4e.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Saturday, former <em>Saturday Night Live </em>star (and woman who played that hilarious nun who had cancer in that one episode of <em>Sex and the City</em>) will be at <em>The Paper Machete</em> reading about an as-of-yet undisclosed topic. But you may not know that Sweeney has had a bit of history with WBEZ. Not only did her work with Ira Glass and <em>This American Life</em> <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/9/julia-sweeney">capture radio audiences nationwide</a> (1996), she was in fact, the beginning and inspiration of our now storied "<a href="http://www.wbez.org/content-categories/56300">Wikipedia Files</a>" series, where we talk to a celebrity and fact-check their Wikipedia page.</p><p>Sweeney was in the studio observing a taping of <a href="http://www.soundopinions.com"><em>Sound Opinions</em></a>. At the last minute, a producer ran over to the web team and suggested someone interview her, to take advantage of her brief visit and good mood. Justin Kaufmann wanted to interview her but had zero time to prepare, so a real in-depth, sit down interview was out of the question. So he decided to print out her Wikipedia page and ask her what was true and what wasn't. It's a rough look at the beginning of a series that has included a bevy of stars over the past few years, and we're excited <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/wikipedia-files/introducing-wikipedia-files-julia-sweeney">Sweeney was the first</a>.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/4065213?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;color=c40215" width="400" frameborder="0" height="300"></iframe></p><p>And here, Sweeney shares a story about discussing sex ed with her daughter, a piece that became a viral sensation a few months back.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ry-LwxR746s" width="560" frameborder="0" height="345"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 14:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-02/paper-machete-extra-wbezs-jog-down-memory-lane-julia-sweeney-91466 Global Activism: Chicago teacher helping expand sex education programs in Kenya http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/global-activism-chicago-teacher-helping-expand-sex-education-programs-kenya <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//ke.png" alt="" /><p><p>&nbsp;Each Thursday we hear about an individual who's decided to work to make the world a better place. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bradishkenya.com">Kathy Tate-Bradish</a> has been working with<a target="_blank" href="http://www.vumilia.org/"> Vumilia </a>since she first heard about the organization on Worldview four years ago. Vumilia supports women and children affected by HIV and AIDS in western Kenya. It was started by a Kenyan woman named Rose Ayuma. Vumilia has also developed a peer run sex education program that they're in the process of expanding. Kathy has been a big part of that.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 07 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/global-activism-chicago-teacher-helping-expand-sex-education-programs-kenya A comedic take on parenthood’s tough questions http://www.wbez.org/story/azhar-usman/comedic-take-parenthood%E2%80%99s-tough-questions <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//usman 1.png" alt="" /><p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.azhar.com/">Azhar Usman</a> jokes that he looks like &ldquo;that guy from LOST. Not the Indian one, the fat one!&rdquo; The Chicago comedian uses humor to poke fun at racial stereotypes, referencing his own life as the child of Muslim immigrants growing up in the then mostly Jewish community of Skokie, Illinois.</p> <div>In March, Usman did an extended set in front of an intimate audience at Chicago&rsquo;s <a target="_self" href="http://thinkartsalon.com/">Th!nk Art Salon</a> as part of their ongoing War &amp; Peace exhibit.&nbsp; He performs regularly alongside a Rabbi/comedian in a show they&rsquo;ve dubbed the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bobalper.com/oddcouple.html">Laugh in Peace Tour</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Usman&rsquo;s set took a surprisingly deep and personal turn when he shared a story about learning to parent four young sons who were inquisitive beyond their age. It's a variation on &ldquo;kids say the darndest things,&rdquo; only in this version, Usman&rsquo;s son asks him to explain why God lets there be bad people in the world. Out of the mouths of babes.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Check out the audio excerpt posted above to hear how Usman handles questions he&rsquo;s not ready to tackle. His approach will surprise you (and make you laugh).</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a> showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified's vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. </em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=40723&amp;gsatype=amplified"><em>Click here</em></a><em> to hear Usman&rsquo;s entire set at Th!nk Art Salon, presented by <a href="http://www.prairie.org/programs/public-square">The Public Square</a> (a program of the </em><a href="http://www.prairie.org/"><em>The Illinois Humanities Council</em></a><em>) and recorded by </em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Program_AMP.aspx"><em>Chicago Amplified</em></a><em>. Click </em><a target="_blank" href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wbez/id364380278"><em>here</em></a><em> to subscribe to the Dynamic Range podcast. </em></div></p> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 17:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/azhar-usman/comedic-take-parenthood%E2%80%99s-tough-questions