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Teaching parents how to talk with their kids about sex

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San Francisco educator Anya Manes used to teach sex ed in her high school biology class. Now, she teaches parents how to take up the discussion at home.

She says, the more healthy conversation we have about sexuality, the better chance we have of countering the messages that create "rape culture."

MANES: I think that what parents don't realize is where kids are getting their information. I think parents don't realize that their kids are turning to porn.

San Francisco educator Anya Manes says she’s here to help. She used to teach high school biology and sex ed was one component. Manes noticed, however, that kids seemed to need much more information than she could cover in the classroom. She now leads workshops and coaches parents to help fill in those gaps. 

Anya Manes Spoke with KALW’s Jen Chien  about helping kids navigate healthy relationships and how to deal with the sexual imagery all around us. 

Click the audio player above to listen to the story. This interview contains some sexual language. 

Looking for resources on how to talk to your kids about sex? Manes recommends checking out her blog, Scarleteen and Planned Parenthood

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Jen Chien was the managing editor for Crosscurrents and KALW News from 2016 to 2018. She has been a contributor to All Things Considered, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, BBC/PRI’s The World, Making Contact, SF Public Press, East Bay Express, New America Media, and KPFA in Berkeley, where she took part in the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. She is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Emerging Journalist Award from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California. She holds a BA in American Studies from Smith College, and an MA in Interdisciplinary Performance from New College of California. Before entering the field of journalism, she had a successful career as a professional dance and theater artist, teacher, and massage therapist.