Tuesday, October 03, 2006

what does normal look like?

yesterday i prepared a worksheet for my high school students. we were doing the general sexual anatomy (which ducky doolittle refers to as "pleasure anatomy" in sex with the lights on) lesson and i wanted something to compliment the illustrations.

i was so pleased when i stumbled upon the soft hard gallery http://www.erectionphotos.com/softHardGallery/SoftHardGalleryP01.htm
i used many of the soft images to build a collage for my students. I also used images from the-clitoris.com's The Vulva Revealed gallery http://www.the-clitoris.com/n_html/n_v_image1.htm.

so i made a worksheet with ten penises and 8 vulvas (because the vulva pictures were larger and of better quality) and in the middle had the words "what does normal look like?"

i passed around the worksheet to my 11th and 12th graders, letting them know the images were graphic and they were free to decline to look at them. i asked the question "which one is the normal one?" they each voiced differing opinions, tending to choose the straighter circumcised penises or the more symetrical vulvas. then i popped the mind-blowing statement:

"they're all normal."

the reaction were immediate. " but miss, what's wrong with this one?" or that one or why are here lips so large or why is his head so small. The answer: "there is nothing wrong with any of these. they are all normal healthy vulvas and penises."

it blew their minds.

no pun intended.


Blogger Jody said...

A cool lesion, but may I add what is normal? Sometimes normal is in the eye of the beholder as it were. That being the unfortunate case makes your lesion even more important.

11/05/2006 9:59 AM  
Blogger heroine/girl said...

We need more educators like you.
I am just updating links as I have returned to blogger after my domain was stolen, could you kindly update my link on your page as I have done it on mine.

Many thanks and love,

p.s I think we are having a forum soon on multimedia content on blogs, to do with sex and drug work. I'm very interested to have your thoughts.

12/12/2006 10:26 AM  
Blogger Autumn Avery said...

wow, i love it. that's an awesome lesson. very cool. isnt it weird how society's standards for beauty and "normalcy" even apply to those?

2/13/2007 2:48 AM  
Blogger misterniceguy1960 said...

Come back.

6/03/2007 5:44 AM  
Blogger promoteyourblogforfree said...

nice blog

8/07/2007 3:59 PM  
Blogger Taff said...

kiss u

9/06/2007 9:18 AM  
Blogger Marcelle Manhattan said...

What you are doing is so important politically! One of the pitfalls that sex education can fall into is reinforcing the idea that certain things are "correct" and therefore more normative. I am so happy everytime I hear a story like yours!

BTW, did you say you'd just moved to New York? Welcome!

9/15/2007 9:14 PM  

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