Unlearning the BS: Anatomy & Physiology

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Why do we put a gender on our genitals or internal organs when they do not need to be gendered? Our lungs, stomachs and colons do not have a gender, and this course will begin the unlearning process! Guided by trans and intersex community scholars who have expanded our understanding of bodies, this course will explore how we may create more inclusive and affirming experiences for all bodyminds! It is recommended to have taken the Intersectionality and Disability Justice courses prior to this one.

Learning Objective

Participants will learn and unlearn sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology as an essential part of body autonomy. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Explain why the phrase “forcibly assigned fe/male at birth” is used
  2. Discuss circumcision and common questions about circumcision
  3. List understanding and experiences connected to the term and identity Intersex
  4. Review intersex and trans people and independent scholars contributions to and expansion of sexual and reproductive anatomy

Essential Questions

  • Why do we gender reproductive organs? Who benefits?
  • What are challenges or successes in gender neutrality for body parts?
  • How do we include intersex people and their experiences? 
  • What ways have trans and intersex people contributed to our understanding of bodies and autonomy?

AASECT Core Knowledge Areas (CKA)

  • C. Socio-cultural, familial factors (e.g., ethnicity, culture, religion, spirituality, socioeconomic status, family values), in relation to sexual values and behaviors.
  • G: Sexual and reproductive anatomy/physiology
  • O. Knowledge of professional communication skills used with clients, students and colleague
  • P. History of the discipline of sex research, theory, education, counseling and therapy.

AASECT Sexuality Educator Training

  • A. Theory and methods of general education (including curriculum development, delivery and evaluation).
  • B. Theory and methods of sexuality education (including curriculum development, delivery and evaluation).
  • C. Ethical issues in sexuality education.
  • D. Theory and methods of approaches to sexuality education with specific populations (e.g., youth, older adults, couples, ethnic/ cultural/ faith-based populations, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities).
  • E. Theory and methods of different approaches to sexuality education delivery (e.g., small group work, one-on-one education, large group lectures or interaction, online delivery or use of other electronic means)

AASECT Sexuality Therapist & Counselor Training

  • A. Theory and methods of sex-related psychotherapy, including several different models.
  • C. Theory and methods of approach to intervention in relationship systems experiencing sex and intimacy problems.
  • D. Theory and method of approach to medical intervention in the evaluation and treatment of psychosexual disorders
  • E. Principles of consultation, collaboration, and referral.
  • F. Ethical decision-making and best practice.

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