Film Screening of The Education of Shelby Knox: Sex, Lies, and Education
What was sex education like in your school? Far too often, sex education emphasizes danger and leads with misinformation, resulting in alienation, confusion, and social inequalities amongst young people.
In this award-winning documentary, Shelby Knox—a 15-year-old teenager in Lubbock, TX—explores the impact of abstinence-only sex education policy in her school and community. Noting the high rates of teen pregnancy and STIs, and widespread stigma against LGBTQ youth, Knox begins to question the teachings of her church and community elders. The film offers a firsthand, if partial and incomplete, look at the vociferous cultural wars over sex education in American public life.
Join us for a screening of The Education of Shelby Knox (March 30th, Olin 141, 6-8pm). The film will be introduced by Dr. Jayne Swift (Visiting Assistant Professor, Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies program), in conjunction with her GWSS Capstone course, Schooling Sex: History of Sex Education and Instruction