I have been obsessing over Steubenville, Ohio. Steubenville is not an anomaly; it is representative of a rape culture, of toxic masculinity. While we as educators don’t have the power to fix it, we are in the position to make a big difference, by talking to youth about consent, respect, and safety.
Imagine that you can turn the clock back to Fall 2011. You have been asked to do a couple of workshops for Steubenville High to address the school climate. Would you respond by talking about birth control and STD prevention? Probably not. What lessons would you choose? What lessons or curricula have you used that you think make the biggest difference? This is theoretical, but also very practical: we have this opportunity with thousands of students each year in places that could very easily become the next headline example of teen sexual violence. What are your curriculum suggestions? Workshop ideas?
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