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HOPE—Semester B

Get physical.

In the first semester of our HOPE course, you learned all about fitness, nutrition, and mental/social health. You embarked on your fitness journey like a fledgling.

In the second semester of our Health Opportunities Through Physical Education course, aligned to Florida state standards, you'll take the fitness bull by the horns and start your very own fitness plan while learning about substance abuse, sex, first aid, and infectious diseases.

Through a series of health lessons, activities, and projects, you'll learn how to keep yourself safe while putting into practice the fitness concepts we've been focusing on. By the end of the course, you'll be able to

  • know the risks involved with drugs and alcohol.
  • understand the basics of the reproductive system, sex, and healthy relationships.
  • keep yourself physically healthy and safe.
  • meet your fitness goals and ride off into the sunset with your back pocket full of fitness knowledge.

This is the second semester of our HOPE course. Check out Semester A here.

Course Breakdown

Unit 5. Substance Abuse

This unit covers all the nasty substances you can put into your body—and how they'll mess your health up, both physical, social, and mental. We'll cover drugs, alcohol, marijuana, the consequences of misusing them, and ways to get help.

Unit 6. Human Sexuality

This unit covers the big topics in human sexuality. We'll talk male and female reproductive systems, sex in the media, and healthy dating relationships and more.

Unit 7. Disease and Safety

In this unit, we'll cover the ins and outs of disease—including the big killers like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes—as well as how to keep yourself and others safe. We'll talk CPR, AEDs, and the Heimlich maneuver.

Sample Lesson - Introduction

Lesson 3: Sex in Media and Advertising

Sex sells.

It's a cliché because it's true—nearly every advertisement out there touches on our ideas about sexuality or gender in one way or another.

See that ad for the bowling alley with the redhead looking seductively at you over a ten pound ball? That ad isn't just selling you bowling; it's selling you the idea that you'll either look like that woman or have sex with that woman if you bowl.

(Which we bowling nerds here at Shmoop know certainly isn't true.)

See that ad for men's deodorant with bro buddies sitting around watching "the game" on TV? Totally hitting on a stereotype of sexual masculinity.

And a pretty dumb one, at that.

Even something as inconspicuous as a yogurt ad or dandruff shampoo bottle is sneakily selling you traditional masculinity, femininity, and sexual norms—that everyone should look "sexy" and want to have sex, and you'll magically have that if you consume the product being advertised.

And let's not even get into sex in other forms of media—music lyrics, videos, films, television, and writing. There's so much!

It's safe to say that there's sex everywhere, but none of it is biological. It's all nurture, not nature, and it's meant to influence, manipulate, and shove a label onto you.

With no naked woman to grab our attention, these body wash bottles look almost...normal.

The good part is, though, that once you're on to advertising's game, it's pretty easy to educate yourself and your peers. You can call out an ad while it's on TV, or even create awareness public forums.

So let's get revenge on every beer ad, chocolate company, and movie poster that's ever tried to manipulate us into buying their products by telling us what makes a "sexy" man or woman.

And here at Shmoop, we find the sweetest form of revenge is extensive internet research.