There are lots of messed up messages about sex out there. From name-calling to victim-blaming, toxic ideas about sex are not hard to find. URGE envisions a world where all people have agency over their own bodies and relationships – and have the power, knowledge, and tools to exercise that agency. Our Sex [+] Campaign aims to change what kind of information we get about sex while also changing the current dialogue around these issues by including young people as part of the solution, not the problem.
Advocating for Policy Change: We’ve had enough of abstinence-only-until-marriage programs masquerading as “education” and telling us that condoms don’t work, sex will ruin our lives, and that politics and dogma trump health and wellness. We know that we need comprehensive sex education: medically accurate, age-appropriate, and inclusive information about sex and sexuality that empowers all of us to enjoy sex and protect ourselves and our partners. From the halls of Congress to our local school board, URGE activists are advocating for real sex education for all.
Challenging Media Messages: Unfortunately, negative messages and information about sex and sexuality are pervasive in our culture. Books and movies fetishize virginity, mis-informed talk show hosts vilify birth control, and safer sex and consent are rarely part of sex on TV and in the movies. Fortunately, we have the knowledge, skills, tools, and networks that enable us to create and distribute sex-positive and gender inclusive messages and information, coordinate large scale responses, and demand better media representations.
Improving Campus Culture: We have an opportunity to create the kind of world we want to see starting on our campuses. Gender based violence, negative images about sex, decreasing access to sexual and reproductive healthcare are evident all around us. In some instances, being on a college campus means that these issues are disproportionately worse. Through Campus Assessments, students will assess their campuses ability to meet the needs of young people and develop campaigns to improve campus policies and culture to ensure safe, responsive environments where all students can thrive.