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.
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
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.
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.
Sample Lesson - Reading
Reading 6.3: Sex Sells
Look, we apologize in advance for busting some of your favorite companies for being sexist. And while in our wildest dreams we'd boycott all companies with sexual advertising campaigns (starting with Burger King—yuck), let's take small steps.
One of Shmoop's favorite advocates (and soon to be one of your favorites), Sarah Haskins, has a whole web series called "Target Women" dissecting the many ways advertising companies take advantage of the ladies. That's right—there's so much sex in advertising it's enough to fill a whole web series. "Target Women: How to Get Hot Chicks" is a pretty good starting point for an introduction to sneaky sexuality in the media. As you watch it, check out your level of shock as you watch the commercials. Do you think the ads in "Target Women" are typical? Shocking? Accurate? This shows how used to sex in advertising we are.
Just to show you that advertising is an equal-opportunity employer, check out this roundup of gendered advertising of women and men throughout the ages. No need to read the text; just scroll through and look at the pictures. Warning: women in bikinis and shirtless men are pictured. But...would you expect anything else if we're being sold gender stereotypes? Yuck.