“Health promotion policies in particular need to be gender sensitive if their messages are to be heard. Too many campaigns are addressed to women in their role as the carers of others while ignoring their own well-being. Men too often feel that health is women’s business and that health promotion messages are not addressed to them. HIV/AIDS campaigns have simultaneously exhorted women and men to “use a condom” without recognizing the very real differences in power and status that structure most sexual encounters If this is to change, campaigns need to be designs in ways that encourage both women and men to look after themselves and each other.” - Doyal, L. Sex, gender, and health: the need for a new approach
So much for outreach and education…
A post about the current state of sex education in the United States!
Fun to click around and see how your state adds up
- MA does not require STD & HIV/AIDS education, although the MA Board of Education “urges local school districts to create programs which make instruction about AIDS/HIV available to every MA student at every grade level”
- Local school boards decide whether or not to teach sexual education, which subjects this education must cover and the grade level in which topics are introduced
- There is a statewide anti-harassment / nondiscrimination law that includes sexual orientation but NOT gender identity; furthermore, there are no statewide anti-bullying laws to protect students based on orientation / identity
Click this link to see more information about sexual health in every state!