Redress, April 2012

Redress April 2012

Sexuality Education

Redress April 2012

From the Editor

Welcome to another interesting edition of Redress, this time focussing on sexuality education but with a couple of thought-provoking articles on other feminist issues.

Professor Anne Mitchell from La Trobe University has some positive words to say about the approach to sexuality education being taken in the new Australian curriculum. She believes that at last there will be a consistent and mandated delivery of information to all students, over-riding any reasons for non-compliance.

Jane Flentje, Co-ordinator of SHine SA (Sexual Health information, networking and education), outlines the success of the share program, supporting 15 state secondary schools to implement an innovative and comprehensive relationships and sexual health program. Georgina Livingstone, who co-ordinates Family Planning Queensland’s (FPQ) statewide delivery of sexuality and relationships education programs, discusses the approaches-or lack thereof-to sexuality for young women with a disability.

Dr Michael Kaufman from Canada, and Co-Founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, brings a lighter note as he provides extracts from the book he co-authored with Michael Kimmel, The Guy’s Guide to Feminism. This amusing treatise is underlined by a serious message about why men should support women and feminist principles.

Finally, Trista Hendren, Certified Facilitator-Coach with Imagine a Woman International from Portland, Oregon, as author of The Girl God, provides us with some fascinating justifications for challenging the male hegemonic world view perpetuated by certain religions.

As Redress goes to print, final preparations are underway for our biennial National Conference, to be held in Cairns this year. I do hope you will be able to enjoy this wonderful part of Queensland and of course all the stimulating offerings the Conference program will provide.

Linda Oakley

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