#34: How do I talk to my child about sex and consent?
In this episode we discuss…
what led justine to her work as a health educator
the impact of health disparities and how health education is not prioritized in schools
The infamous scene from Mean Girls
the impact of sex-negative health education
the gender socialization process
respecting your body’s functionality
being mindful of who interacts with your body
access to healthcare
embracing the idea that your body is deserving of kindness
the differences in fear-based health education and more comprehensive, inclusive education
how someone’s relationship with sex and their relationship with their body are interrelated, especially in adolescence
how parents are their child’s number one sex educator
resources for parents who are unsure how to begin conversations about sex, bodies, relationships, and consent
why sex ed is an ongoing conversation between parent and child, not just “the talk” that happens once
prioritizing safety, pleasure, and fulfillment in sex ed
normalizing the use of accurate anatomical names for body parts and why this matters
how to teach your child about their body, healthy relationships, and consent at ages 2, 7, and 17
the difference in “no means no” versus “only an enthusiastic yes means yes”
how to use your environment - from commercials to tv shows - as your child’s sex ed curriculum
children’s exposure to porn between ages 8 and 11
proactively educating your child about bodies and sex in a safe and accurate way in the digital age
justine’s answer to the million dollar question
Health educator Justine Ang Fonte joins us for a conversation about healthy relationships, sex, consent, and body positivity in the digital age. Justine explains why parents are the primary sex educators for their children and gives examples of what this can look like at different life stages.
Justine Ang Fonte is a health educator, producer, and proud daughter of Philippine immigrants. Her career began teaching middle school mathematics where she experienced first hand the negative impact that insufficient health education and access had on her math students’ learning. She received her Master’s in Education in Teaching from the University of Hawai`i and Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University with a specialization in sexuality. She is currently the Director of Health & Wellness at The Dalton School in New York City teaching health to the student, parent, and faculty communities. She also works as a consultant and speaker to schools and universities on intersectional and feminist-based sex education across the United States.
Connect with Justine on her website.
Justine’s presentation on the racialized beauty ideal
Other presentations by Justine for parents, youth, and professionals
It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie H. Harris
It's So Amazing!: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families by Robie H. Harris