We all remember what it was like to be sixteen. The pressure to be a man led boys to grow those dreaded teen-'stashes and direct uninformed vulgar remarks toward their female classmates. Girls struggled to maintain their self-esteem in the face of mounting pressure to show skin and be like all of their friends. Nobody knew which way was up when it came to sex, and the confusion surrounding gender and identity was enough to make your acne-prone head spin.
In September 2010, the Ontario Ministry of Education will introduce a new course titled Gender Studies, designed to help teenagers get a better grasp of all these perplexing issues. The course will be available as an elective for grade eleven students province-wide, creating a safe place where gender in our society, and in others, can be discussed.
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