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Georgia Journal of Science

Article Title

SEX EDUCATION AND INFLUENCE ON BODY IMAGE AND IDENTITY**

Abstract

This study is conducted with the intent to better understand the role of sex education ideologies and how women come to view their own sexuality, feelings about their body, and relationships while also taking into account how these views may change through further education throughout their lifetime. This has the potential to better understand ways of discussing sex education in a way that is more beneficial to the holistic experience of sex and sexuality. Broadening sex education to include more information about consent, partner communication, sexuality, and body positivity is something that should be started at an early age as it is often delivered later than needed. The experiences of women have often long been neglected in the conversation of sexual identity, and will be utilized in this study through independent interviews and online focus groups in order to provide insight on how sex education, both formal and informal, can influence the ways in which one views her body image, sexuality, and identity as a whole.