Unit 3: Abstinence, Personal & Sexual Health

Unit 3: Abstinence, Personal & Sexual Health

Bell Ringer Open your student workbook and turn to page 63. Under the heading Journal Entry, write a few sentences on how you would define the terms sexuality and sexual health. What do you think you already know about these topics? What

are some things you would like to know? Unit 3: Abstinence, Personal & Sexual Health Lesson 6: Understanding Sexuality Healthy Behavior Outcomes Be

sexually abstinent. Treat others with courtesy and respect without regard to their sexuality. Lesson Objectives By the end of this lesson, you should be able to: Define

sexuality. Define aspects of sexuality, including sexual abstinence, sexual activity, sexual orientation and gender identity. Summarize the benefits of respecting individual differences in aspects of sexuality. Describe the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social dimensions of sexual health.

What Do You Think? Turn to page 16 in your student workbook. You will complete this workbook activity individually. Read the directions under the heading What Do You Think? When you are done share with partner. Discuss why you answered T or F.

Aspects of Sexuality Many teens are at a point in their lives where they have to make choices about sex. Sexual Abstinence not have sex at this time in their

lives Best choice for teens People who choose to be sexually active engage in sexual behaviors need to be mature enough to accept the responsibilities and avoid the risks that come with sexual activity. Aspects of Sexuality (cont.)

Taking care of the body includes: understanding how the body works getting regular check-ups to keep the reproductive organs healthy taking steps to avoid unintended pregnancy and STD if sexually active ALL PART OF A PERSONS SEXUAL HEALTH

Aspects of Sexuality (cont.) Effectively communicating sexual choices can include: Setting limits to protect sexual health Respecting others sexual limits Important to express feelings of attraction to others in healthy and appropriate ways

Nobody should ever be coerced or pressured into engaging in sexual behaviors What if someones choices around sex, gender identity, or feelings of attraction for others are different from yours? Why

do you think it is important to respect the different ways individual people may express these aspects of their sexuality? What might be the benefits of respecting these differences?

How does respect for sexual differences relate to healthy sexuality? Summary Part of healthy sexuality is knowing yourself and your values.

Another equally important part is treating others with respect. Respecting differences creates an atmosphere of acceptance and support that can help all people understand sexuality, take care of their bodies, communicate clearly, and achieve good sexual health. Summary Physical

dimension of sexual health: How the sexual parts of the body work How people are able to reproduce or have children The hormones in the body that contribute to feeling of sexual attraction or desire Physical appearance Whether a person has male or female body parts How children grow and develop to become adults

Summary (cont.) Intellectual dimension of sexual health: Peoples personal beliefs about sex and sexual behaviors What they think about gender roles How they expect men and women to behave Emotional

dimension of sexual health: How a person feels about being male or female How people express affection and attraction for each other Sexual desire Feelings about sex Summary (cont.) Social

dimension of sexual health: How people express their masculinity or femininity How they show respect for themselves and others How they are influenced by their familys values, media images, and other things in the world around them Media = advertising, magazines, videos, TV shows, websites, and other means of communication Its not always easy to categorize things as belonging to

just one dimension in sexual health. Is it easy to categorize things as belonging to just one dimension of sexual health? Why or why not?

Summary It is not always easy to categorize things as belonging to just one dimension of sexual health. Gender identity can be part of the physical dimension in terms of whether a person has male or female reproductive organs, but its

also part of the emotional dimension how a person feels about his or her physical gender. What is one thing your learned today about sexuality? Did

you learn anything that either confirmed or changed your previous opinions?

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