Knowledge is power, and if you want to give the gift of empowerment this holiday season, there are a variety of sex ed charities to choose from. Although sex may still be a touchy subject in America — and many folks wish it would remain under the covers — study after study has confirmed that sexual education helps prevent STDs and unplanned pregnancies, and impacts self-esteem.
In addition to teaching the rudimentary basics of bodily functions, comprehensive sex ed is a vital way young people can be exposed to concepts like consent and gender power dynamics. Research suggests that women who report having less power in their relationships with male partners have higher rates of STI infection, and that young men who follow traditional concepts of masculinity are less likely to use condoms. In addition, the way men and women perceive consent has been shown to differ in substantial ways — which has far reaching implications.
Although there is no quick-fix to completely eradicate the aforementioned disparities, sex education is one proven way to start. And gifting a few of your hard earned dollars in the name of a bestie or significant other is a radical, much needed act, especially at a time when the ruling political party is so willfully ignorant about sex and contraception.
Here are five different charities that prioritize sex ed to donate to this holiday season: