According to New York City health educator, Justine Ang Fonte, "When we center our messages to children on safety, fulfillment, and pleasure, they navigate their friendships and relationships with an increased level of scrutiny. Assessing their own pleasure and someone else's requires communication and dialogue which in turn, allows them to practice consent easily."
Her goal, she said, is always to give teenagers the tools to “navigate their personal and social spaces through these three adjectives: Their world should be safe, should be fulfilling, should be pleasurable.” Mainstream porn can work against that tripartite goal, Fonte said; other forms, such as feminist-inflected porn sold at prices intended to supply decent wages, may support it.
“I equip them with a way that they can exercise body agency and consent, by knowing exactly what those parts are, what they are called, and how to take care of them,” Ms. Fonte said. “That was paired with lessons around, what are the different ways to say ‘no’? And what’s the difference between a secret and a surprise?"
For its 2019 celebration, FANHS recognizes Justine Fonte as one of the “Pinay Visionaries: Celebrating Filipina American Women” and their contributions to history and the Filipin@ American community nationwide.
In classrooms across the country, critical facts about sex are being withheld or distorted in shocking ways. Here, Cosmopolitan investigates how much this is harming women—and catches you up on what you didn’t learn in high school.
For their August 2018 episode, The LIT Network featured Justine in a web-series highlighting NYC women of color leaders and entrepreneurs who are transforming their workplaces and communities. These women are sharing their wisdom on navigating workplace challenges, work life balance and other career advice.
In three sessions throughout the morning of January 4 at Menlo, Justine Fonte ’04, M. Ed, MPH, shared strategies for parents and students alike to embrace sex positivity and work toward establishing a “consent culture” around sex and relationships.
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Inspired by the debate on reproductive health (RH), it is worthy to look into RH efforts and the effects they may have on our youth in the classroom. After all, today’s Filipino youth will be tomorrow’s future and it is prudent to assess whether or not they are well equipped to lead our nation toward achieving better health outcomes.
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