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What Do You Learn In a Human Sexuality Class? Thoughts from a Human Sexuality Class

Updated on November 10, 2011

There is a whirlwind of thoughts that go through my mind whenever I think about issues of human sexuality and public policy. I had so many conversations with myself and perhaps the best way to express them is to pretend I were sending postcards out.


Dear Mrs Smith, I haven’t written in a while, but I thought it’s time I drop you a note. I remember how you confided that you so badly want another baby. I took a class on human sexuality and public policy and I learn how so many women of lower socio-economic background in the US have been innocent victims of sterilization, abortion and misinformation as the government doesn’t want them to have so many babies. My heart just goes out to them. I remember that in school, there was one lesson that you told us girls that the only surefire way not to have unwanted pregnancy and STDs was to practice abstinence. I know we really well behaved girls in a top girls’ school, but I was wondering what you would have told another class of girls if you knew that after school hours they weren’t exactly studying but were actually sexually active? I’m just curious after learning how often those people who need the information most often lack the access to resources. Write back soon!

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Dear Michelle, how was your Christmas? I am in the US and loving it! I attended a class on human sexuality and public policy and we talked about abortion in class. In your last letter you mentioned your sis had an abortion and felt really terrible about it. I cried too when I read your letter. I am sure it must hurt. You know, abortion is one of the most common procedures for women, although we hardly talk about it. I’m thankful that she alright and well; I read of how many young women have no place to turn to and suffer at the hands on unlicensed doctors who do them long term damage. It’s really sad! On a lighter note, I am so glad that you are volunteering with a girls’ home and are working with teenage moms. Drop me an email!

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Dear Uncle Matt, how is Aunty Linda? How about the grandchildren? Now that the economy is down, is your business badly affected? I remember you talking about the government’s housing, education and financial policies being unfair to the lower income groups, and yet having to please taxpayers. I know you’re a high-ranking government official and a devout Christian too. Is it hard for you when you know that often policies made are actually put in place to reproduce the wealth in society? Shouldn’t we think of everyone’s welfare in more psychological and emotional and physical terms instead of financial cost and benefit? Or would it cost us even more to be generous and unselfish? I don’t know if you think I’m naïve, but what would Jesus do if He were the prime minister? 

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Dear Aunty Susan, How are you? I miss my Sunday School Teacher! How is your work at the gynecology clinic? I attended a human sexuality and public policy class and I thought of you. I remember you said how you thought that abortion was killing a life, and how surrogacy pregnancies were a form of adultery when a women’s egg was fertilized by sperm not belonging to her husband. I thought that was a radical belief, and still do. As a nurse, what do you think of abstinence-only education? I know that as Christians we believe in abstinence until marriage. I think arming our youth with comprehensive knowledge about sex, pregnancy and contraceptives will help them make wiser choices about sex. Do you think so too? Take care!

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Dear Professor Miller, I am loving my time in Santa Cruz! I took a class on human sexuality and one of the things we talked about in class was about homosexuals and policy. I’m curious what your views are about homosexuals. Do you think their behavior is biologically or psychologically explained? What about the policies that we have that discriminate against them, are we really depriving them from marrying someone that they genuinely love? I seem to read contradictory results all over the place; you’re familiar with such research – what do you think? Perhaps marriage is really about commitment, property and inheritance and we have just romanticized it instead. What do you think? I would love to hear your view!

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Dear Pastor Adams, I know you watched me grow up in a conservative Christian home and you are praying that I’ll am safe faraway in the US. It’s funny that we don’t talk about sex on the pulpit (apart from condemning premarital sex and homosexuality), but I was wondering what your thoughts are about the government and sex? Should they intervene? I thought marriage was a sacred institution. Shouldn’t parents teach their children about healthy sexuality instead.. but mine didn’t say anything though. Did you teach your sons? Don’t worry that I’ll come back as a wild child; I haven’t changed much inside. I am just wondering what you think as a Pastor. Does the Bible say anything about the law apart from the Mosaic Law? God bless you! Ps. Here they talk about the Religious Right referring to some of the Evangelical Christians. So would we be considered part of the Religious Right too?

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Dear Tutor, I was really glad that I got a place in your discussion group. It was eye-opening – reading the readings and listening to the thought-provoking discussions in class. Coming from a conservative background where the human sexuality is often not discussed openly, it was refreshing and helpful to hear what others had to say. Each week, I challenged myself to understand things from a political and academic viewpoint and to examine my beliefs while putting myself in others’ shoes too. I definitely have new insights to bring back home! Thank you! J


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