The Whole You
The Whole You is the 7th lesson in the DO YOU curriculum and facilitates a conversation around sexuality. While some adults and teens might initially feel uncomfortable talking about sexuality, this lesson talks about sexual acts and feelings as only one component of a person’s sexuality. The following resources are intended to support DO YOU facilitators in their conversations with youth and the adults in their lives. Being uncomfortable with the subject can be contagious— being familiar with the terms and creating a space for open dialogue is key to the success of this session.
Virginia Family Life Education Standards
Virginia’s Family Life Education (FLE) standards were revised in 2017 and require middle schools and high school to cover objectives related to dating violence and high schools to cover objectives on the law and meaning of consent and programs on prevention of sexual violence including instruction that increases student awareness that consent is required before sexual activity. Additionally, these FLE standards include learning objectives that students “progress from examining media messages in the fifth grade to evaluating messages from mass media related to sexuality and gender stereotyping in the sixth grade” and that starting in the eight grade students “will recognize the development of sexuality as an aspect of the total personality.”
DO YOU meets many of these objectives and the Whole You lesson provides an important platform for students to learn the multiple components of sexuality which include body awareness, intimacy and relationships, sexual identity, and reproductive and sexual health.
Sex, Etc. is a sex education website made for and by teens. Resources include videos, glossaries, FAQs, and articles written by teens about their diverse experiences. Topics include: birth control, HIV/AIDS & STDS, pregnancy, your body, LGBTQ+, abuse & violence, relationships, and sex. Have a student or young person in your life who is particularly passionate about these topics? Encourage them to apply to be an editorial contributor!
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider of sex education, and their website is a great hub of resources for both educators and parents. Their digital tools include videos, apps, quizzes and more on topics such as consent, STD testing, birth control, goal-setting, and communication.
The Gender Unicorn
The Gender Unicorn is a graphic created by Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) and provides definitions of and explains the differences between gender identity, gender expression, sex assigned at birth, physical attraction and emotional attraction. The Gender Unicorn has been translated into multiple languages including Spanish, Japanese, and Russian among others. TSER has other resources including an LGBTQ+ glossary, model policies, and workshops.