This week during Jan term my class focused on reproductive rights issues and sex education in schools. These are issues that I have a lot of concern and opinions about, and I was really glad to have an outlet to learn more about and discuss them. We watched a documentary called "The Education of Shelby Knox" that was about a high school girl who decided to reform the sex education program in her small town of Lubbock, Texas. Over last summer I lobbied in Washington DC to North Carolina's Senators and Representatives for comprehensive sex education in public schools, and I liked seeing another youth fighting for the same cause. The film was great, and I'll actually be meeting Shelby in New York next week, which is really exciting.
Since we're going to New York on Sunday and we had a test on Friday we sort of took it easy this week and just studied and planned out what we wanted to do in the city when we have free time. We're all really excited about meeting other feminists, journalists, activists, and writers but we're also all really nervous about the cold weather! Our flight leaves bright and early Sunday morning and I can't wait!