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Overview

From an early age, we are bombarded with negative messages about sex and are socialized to be afraid or ashamed to talk about it.

The taboo surrounding sex is unfortunate because the benefits of increased knowledge and communication about sex are many, including safe, responsible sexual decision-making as well as enhanced trust, honesty, and closeness in relationships. Moreover, the costs of not having these discussions can be dire, including unplanned pregnancies, STI’s, poor body image, sexual abuse, and harassment. Although sexuality is a difficult issue to discuss— because of how personal these issues are and because of the diversity of viewpoints that exist—it is crucial that we have these discussions, respectfully and thoughtfully, in our homes and in our communities in order to promote sexual health and responsible behavior.

The purpose of Brown Symposium XXXV is to start such a discussion.

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