If you read our series on purity culture and sex education in the South and you’re hoping to make sex education better for your children and community, we’ve complied a list of resources to help you have better conversations about sexuality and relationships.
Talking to your children about their bodies and sex can be overwhelming. Here are some of the resources our sources recommended to make this conversation less intimidating. These books also discuss LGBTQ+ individuals.
- “It’s Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends” by Robie H. Harris.
- “Who has What? All About Girl Bodies and Boy Bodies” by Robie H. Harris
- “The Every Body Book: The LGBTQ+ Inclusive Guide for Kids about Sex, Gender, Bodies, and Families” by Rachel E. Simon.
If you’re looking for an actual curriculum for sex education, Sex Education for Social Change (SIECUS) has online courses for children from age 4 up to young adults. SIECUS also has resources for parents designed to help parents decide what they want to share with their children when and how to make the conversations comfortable for both parents and children.
If you’re a teacher or school administrator and you’re looking for a more comprehensive sex education program, Planned Parenthood Southeast provides sex education courses for schools. The content addresses both contraception and STIs and healthy relationships and LGBTQ relationships.
To learn more about Planned Parenthood’s program or to ask Planned Parenthood to host a sex education session at your school, click here.
If you’re a minister and looking for sexuality curriculum that’s rooted in moral standards and accurate information about sexuality, you may be interested in the Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education. The program was created by and still used by the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian and Universalist Church.
It’s been used in schools, after-school youth programs and churches alike.
Multiple sex educators recommended this curriculum for ministers looking for something different than abstinence-based programs.
If you suffered from the negative effects of purity and abstinence-based teachings, know you are not alone. Re-learning your sexuality and sexual ethics can be difficult, but there are focus groups and therapists that specialize in helping people dealing with vaginismus, dyspareunia or other religious trauma.
Sexuality educator Linda Kay Klein hosts group events for communities and churches alike where people can share their stories. Click here to learn more about her Break Free Together community.
If you’re looking to take online classes where you can learn more about your body and your physical and emotional health, you may like Allbodies. The courses are paid through a subscription of $24/month. There’s also a 7-day free trial if you want to try it out before buying a subscription.
All bodies includes classes on pleasure, understanding trauma, periods and more.
What has helped you have better conversations about sexuality? What have you used to teach your children about sexuality? Let us know!