DID YOU KNOW?
Chicago was the first major city to implement sex education as part of the curriculum in high schools in 1913? It did not last though due to its negative reception from the Catholic Church. It resulted in the resignation of Ella Flagg Young, the superintendent of schools at the time. It wasn't until the rampant spread of STDs during WWI to get the federal government involved in the matter. Congress passed The Chamberlain-Kahn Act in 1918. It allocated money to help educate soldiers about syphilis and gonorrhea. They taught soldiers through the use of sex ed films and one of the earliest examples was one called Damaged Good. Starting in 1920, schools started to integrate sex ed into their curriculums. They used the same approach by using films to educate students.
Sex education and its various aspects faced various opposition over the course of half a century. It wasn't until the AIDS and HIV pandemic hit in the 1980s that helped sex ed gain renewed focus and greater support. Sex ed slowly became an integral part of education, including the proper instruction on the various aspects of sexuality. The sexualization of media was apparent early on and could not be completely avoided. The movie American Pie was one of the most popular movies and perfectly exemplifies this notion. Today, society is taking a much more progressive stance and sexuality such as its acceptance and support of the LGBT community. One of the TV shows to come out recently, Sex Education, would have gotten negative and violent reactions just a few decades ago. Now though, it's accepted and liked by millions of viewers around the world.