Welcome and thank you for your interest in becoming a guest blogger for The HEAL Project. The HEAL Project promotes the idea that comprehensive sex(uality) education can help prevent and end child sexual abuse (CSA). The HEAL Project acknowledges that, in fact, many movements are closely linked to sex(uality) or sex(uality) based oppression including the LGBTQI, HIV/AIDS, anti-violence, reproductive rights, etc.
The HEAL Project challenges the idea that sex education should be private, for adults only, up to the discretion of parents, decided by faulty school systems, passed on through childhood friends, sanitized by religious institutions, and taught to us by fantasy-based porn with no context.
Comprehensive sex(uality) education – going beyond procreation or STI/HIV fear-based approaches – consists of body positivity, sex positivity, consent, negotiation skills, exploring the differences and commonalities between sex and intimacy, understanding various relationship configurations, gender identity/sexual orientation (i.e. lesbian, queer, gay, transgender, asexual, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, cisgender, intersex, heterosexual and beyond), communication skills, BDSM/Kink, masturbation, reproduction, desire, spirituality, gender-based violence, rape culture, understanding power dynamics and much more.
Comprehensive sex(uality) education is a right that is learned, dissected, re-examined and discussed openly from birth to crossing over. Teaching sex(uality) to children should be as commonplace as teaching them about brushing their teeth, eating well, and everyday manners. This is the only way we can help remove shame and secrecy.
Sex(uality) is wrapped up in almost every part of who we are. We cannot expect for one talk with our children given when we deem them old enough to suffice. Sex(uality) is all around us. Knowledge of sex(uality) is power for everyone.
In 1000 words or less, you may consider writing on the following questions (other related topics are also welcome):
- Why is comprehensive sex(uality) education important to you or to society?
- How does (preventing or ending) CSA connect to you or your work?
- Where does religion fit into sex ed? Can they intersect positively or are at odds?
- What is the downfall and future of sex ed?
- How do you see race and gender intersect with overall sex education or CSA?
- Can CSA be connected to other movements? Which ones? How?
For submission, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject heading “Guest Blogger Submission,” with the following information:
- Your piece attached (Word document)
- Your website, blog, or social media information (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.)
- Your 1-5 Sentence Bio
- A Picture of Yourself
You can also support The HEAL Project by:
- Collaborating with us
- Recruiting other guest bloggers
- Reposting any of The HEAL Projects blog posts, especially social media campaign videos (Outing CSA and Sex(Ed) is)
- Reblogging your guest blog post
- Linking to The HEAL Project website on your website or blog
- Subscribing to the blog
- Subscribe to our Youtube channel
- Liking our Facebook Page
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