The first time I was in sex ed, they separated us by gender to teach anatomy. We were pretty young, and when we asked why they did this, they told us it was to keep us from being embarrassed and because we didn’t need to know what the other group was learning about. Now we were old enough to know boys and girls were different and a few of us had vague notions of what sexual intercourse was. However, we had never been told so directly that these were topics to be ashamed about. We had never been told that we shouldn’t know about bodies or sex or any of those things. Had no one ever told us to be embarrassed, many of us never would have become embarrassed and ashamed of our bodies and sex later on. Of course, there’s more to it than just that incident. That’s just one example.
I’m sharing that story because it’s a pretty common example of how framing a topic can make it a problem without it ever having to be. Here’s where we talk about Feminism.