Planned Parenthood will ensure that sexuality is understood as an essential lifelong aspect of being human, and that it is celebrated with respect, openness, and mutuality.
Sexuality education is an opportunity to learn about our sexuality; how we feel about ourselves as sexual beings and how we healthily integrate those feelings into a balanced, meaningful and purposeful way of living.
Sexuality education helps us understand our attitudes and behaviors related to reproduction and health. It fosters the acceptance of and comfort with our bodies. Through a better understanding of responsible sexual behavior, we develop the skills to explore gender bias and the role of sexualization in our culture in an effort to cultivate positive change for the better.
Sexuality is a natural, healthy, life-long part of being human. Sexuality is the interplay of gender, gender role, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual preference, and social norms as they affect the physical, emotional, and spiritual life. It includes emotions, attitudes and values, relationships, self-image and ideals, as well as behaviors. All people are sexual beings from birth to death.
Individuals and society benefit when children are able to discuss sexuality with their parents and/or trusted adults. Parents are the primary sexuality educators of their children. Parents give messages and set examples about sexuality and relationships from the time their children are born. Honest, accurate family communication can help children learn how to take care of themselves and the people they care about. Family members who are comfortable discussing sexuality with one another have a greater capacity to make healthy decisions and build strong relationships based on their values.