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Revealing Changes Demand You Change Too

Changing with the times has never felt more imminent

As the nation respectively comes to terms that change is inevitably upon us, how are educators, scholars, politicians, Hollywood, and scientists fairing? It seems they are adapting and evolving … and we should too.

To begin this week, it seems remote learning is transforming sex education for teens and young adults.

U.S. News journalist Joseph P. Williams speaks with veteran educator, Karen Raynes in Austin Texas. “There’s lots of cultural stigma around something like saying the word ‘penis’ in a room full of people who are under 18,” says Rayne, who teaches human sexuality at the University of Texas at Austin and is the executive director of UN|HUSHED, a nonprofit that offers sex ed lessons for schools and aims to remove the stigma from sexuality and reproductive education.

Amid “hard decisions” about what to prioritize, she says, teaching homebound teenagers and college students attending class from their childhood bedrooms about the birds and the bees can seem superfluous. Sex ed advocates believe now is not the time to feign modesty in our approach to sex education, but rather rise to the occasion and arm our kids with the information they need to make safer, smarter choices.

Advocates say changes are here to stay, from greater accessibility to totally new curriculums

By Suzannah Weiss in The Lily , Jan. 16, 2021

Last spring, Mary Jo Podgurski taught her usual sex education course to sixth-graders in Washington, Pa. — usual, except one thing: It was over Zoom. Because the kids took the class from home, many of their parents participated as well, so Podgurski decided to include exercises to help parents and children communicate about sex.

“Mary Jo helped me build trust with my mom and classmates so if I have any questions in the future, I feel safe asking,” says 13-year-old Cicely Sunseri, one of the students.

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The nation adjusts to the reality of domestic terrorism. Racism and stereotyping in Hollywood. Vaccines are underway. These are the headlines of the week and clearly, there’s a lot going on in America. Check out more in the stories below.


Revealing Changes Demand You Change Too

How the Smithsonian and Other Museums Are Responding to the U.S. Capital Riot

Leading institutions have started collecting artifacts and working to contextualize last week’s violent attack

By Nora McGreevySMITHSONIANMAG.COM

Last Wednesday, a mob of far-right insurrectionists stormed the United States Capitol, forcing lawmakers to flee for safety and temporarily delaying Congress’ certification of November’s election, which will put Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris in the White House.

Over six hours of chaos, the insurrectionists assaulted law enforcement officers, ransacked offices, stole objects, smashed windows and smeared what appeared to be blood across a bust of President Zachary Taylor. Rioters also erected a wooden gallows near the Capitol Reflecting Pool; footage captured at the scene showed some members of the crowd chanting, “Hang Mike Pence!” In total, the attack claimed the lives of five people, including a police officer reportedly struck with a fire extinguisher.

In the wake of the January 6 riot, museums and cultural institutions across the country have responded by condemning the violence, collecting artifacts linked to the attack and beginning to place the events in a historical context.

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The culture is ailing. It’s time for a Dr. Fauci for the arts.

by Peter Marks in Washington Post

When a president calls a meeting of the Cabinet, most vital sectors of the economy — from soybean farmers to auto manufacturers — have an appointed government representative in the room, a secretary of agriculture or transportation, to speak for them.

You know what doesn’t get a seat at the table, and never has? The arts. And in this crisis moment, when a pandemic threatens ruination for museums, theaters, concert halls, opera houses, dance studios, cineplexes and amusement parks — and the 5.1 million arts workers who staff them — the time has come to rectify this glaring oversight.

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Unpack Middle Eastern stereotypes in Hollywood
By Ida Yalzadeh in the Anti-Racism Daily

We’ve previously written about the ways that Hollywood whitewashes film and television to prefer stories represented and made by white people. Also crucial in this conversation is how Hollywood has consequently represented the Middle East throughout its history.

The Southwest Asian/North African (SWANA) community is one example of a group that has faced harmful representations and stereotyping in Hollywood.

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Vaccines are on the way. What does that mean for pregnant people?

By Chelsea Cirruzzo  in The Lily

Major trials have typically left out those pregnant and breastfeeding.

Jaely Turner describes herself as “covid-conscious” and pro-vaccine. She and her young son are up-to-date on all of their shots. Turner wants to keep it that way.

But, as the United States inches closer to making a coronavirus vaccine available to the public, Turner says she won’t be rushing out the door to get it for herself. That’s because the Virginia-based doula is 10 weeks pregnant.

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