Sex is a very big word, even though it only has three letters in it. Everyone has an opinion about it: your parents, your religion, your friends, your older brother, even strangers on the street. Almost every time you turn on the television, listen to the radio, or read a magazine, some aspect of sexuality is presented or talked about. Is sex a good thing or a bad thing? What role should it play in your life?
This unit will help you understand that a sexual relationship is only one of many types of close relationships that you will form in your life, from friendships to family. Sex, although it seems like such a huge issue, is only one small part of who we are and what we do with our lives. It is important to keep it in perspective. This is not always easy, however, and the second part of this unit will talk about the body's physical reactions to sexual arousal, the various types of sexual behavior, and why the feelings that come with becoming sexually mature can be so overwhelming.
The very positive aspects of being sexual also bring potential problems. The last portion of this unit focuses on sexually transmitted diseases as well as issues of sexual abuse. It also deals with decision making and morality, what is wrong or right. The facts that you learn in this unit along with the discussions you have with your teacher, family, and other important people in your life will help you become a healthy, responsible adult-one who enjoys the positive aspects of sexuality without suffering from the problems that can arise from its misuse.