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The issues of gender, gender identity, body image, sexual orientation and sexual expression are all explored in this program. Narration, vignettes, animated sequences and clear illustrations communicate the points beginning with the changing sense of self and search for identity that often occurs in adolescence. The program also tackles the issues of sexual activity, condom use, peer pressure and the use of alcohol and drugs which can contribute to making bad and risky sexual choices. Clearly stated messages include pressure is a sign of disrespect, respect must be earned to get it back, honesty and openness build intimacy and sex is not an obligation.
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Issues of gender, gender identity, body image, sexual orientation and sexual expression are addressed in this program. Narration, vignettes, animated sequences, and illustration communicate the points. Beginning with the changing sense of self that occurs in adolescence and the nonsense of stereotypes, the narrator explains that there is no general formula that dictates how and when each person will mature. With maturation, individuals assume gender identity, sexual orientation, and body image. Three sexual orientations are identified: heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual. Teens who identify themselves as homosexual or bisexual can have a tough time coming out or discussing their sexuality. Knowing who to tell and when to tell are big steps for these teens, but confiding in a trusted friend or family member can relieve a lot of stress. The program tackles issues of sexual activity including condom use, peer pressure, and the use of drugs and alcohol during sex. Varying age of consent laws are mentioned, but the ramification are not explained. Clearly stated are messages that pressure is a sign of disrespect, respect must be earned to get it back, honesty and openness builds intimacy, and sex is not an obligation. This program is appropriate for high school health classes and organizations that address teen sexuality.
—Ann Weber, Bellarmine College Prep., San Jose, CA
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