Sexual Health Through Education
Women come in all different body shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and sometimes with varying genitalia. We also know that our sense of being female or our ‘femininity’ can be expressed in a variety of ways.
Our sexuality as women covers not only our sexual activities – and the partner or partners of our choice for those activities – it also includes our sexual identity, our sexual health, our bodies, our sexual expression and individual choices.
In terms of our sexual activity and who we find attractive (also called ‘our attractions’), we understand that some women are attracted to the other or opposite gender; some women are attracted to people of the same gender; some women are attracted to people of both genders, and some women aren’t attracted to any gender.
This range can seem scary to some. Yet, it is a healthy, natural and normal part of the human female experience.
Some cultures or communities are more open to sexual diversity than others. So it is important to remember that in Canada, all peoples sexual rights are protected under the law, no matter their gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, or sexual attractions.
At SERC we know that the foundation of being a woman is being strong enough to accept who you are, and then working to create a meaningful life and meaningful relationships, no matter the gender of the people you love or are attracted to.
It is equally important to know that it is your right to gain access to the information you need, in a way that supports your sexuality, while allowing you to make informed decisions about your sexuality, sexual activities and your sexual health.
In many places around the world, on a daily basis women are denied their basic human and sexual rights. This is especially the case in countries where fundamentalist religious and political movements use women's sexuality as a 'weapon of war.' Gender-based violence is a human rights abuse and health problem for women around the world.
In many countries the social control is more subtle. For example, North American society's acceptance of the sexualization of women and girls in advertising and female genital cosmetic surgery, contrasts with a fear of comprehensive sexuality education that provides the information needed to make informed choices.
On a more positive note, there is worldwide attention to the importance of education and good health to a woman's well-being and freedom - and that of her family and society, as well. Globally women are taking responsibility for challenging cultural norms that negatively impact their sexuality.
As the conversation continues to grow, you'll find articles and links that incorporate a gender-based approach to women's sexuality and sexual health. We want to provide information that can help you ask the right questions so that you can make the best decisions for your own life.