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Comprehensive Sex Education

Aug. 28, 2012
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Last Friday, four members of the Ladydrawers, a collective that creates comics about race, class, gender and sexuality, embarked on a road trip to St. Louis. Their goal: to deliver a copy of the latest edition of the fundamental women's health text Our Bodies, Ourselves to U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), whose recent remarks about “legitimate rape” and pregnancy caused many to question his grasp of reproductive biology.

Coincidentally, I was in St. Louis that same day, leading a training for volunteer sexuality educators interested in using the “Our Whole Lives” sex ed curriculum in their communities. “Our Whole Lives” is a comprehensive curriculum that does, in fact, teach accurate information about reproduction and conception, that proclaims that rape is a social justice issue that all of us (not just women) are responsible for eradicating, and that abortion is a complex topic about which everyone must be free to make their own choices.

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Laura Anne Stuart has a master's degree in public health and has worked as a sexuality educator for more than a decade. She owns the Tool Shed, an erotic boutique on Milwaukee's East Side.


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