Learning about and experimenting with sexuality is all part of growing up. But sexuality means different things to different people, depending on your culture, your gender, your sexual orientation, and your unique experiences.
In New Zealand, many young men and women, regardless of their sexual orientation, find that learning about sexuality can be treated really awkwardly, or that it’s not really talked about. This can affect their thoughts on sexual behaviours, regard for their bodies, and for other people.
Last month many young people demonstrated at parliament to protest the latest example.
One way of improving things could be by teaching consent in schools help young people understand sexual diversity, and respect for each other's boundaries. What do you think? Should the Government make it compulsory to teach consent sex education in all schools, rather than it leave it as optional?