Sexuality, Stereotypes and Social Norms


Better understand the influence of societal norms on their understanding of sexuality ;
Gain knowledge and respect for sexual diversity and difference through recognizing their role in social equality.
Sexuality, Stereotypes and Social Norms

Brief description of the issue

A strong endorsement of gender stereotypes is associated with higher school dropout rates, for boys as well as for girls. We learn those stereotypes from a very young age, therefore they have to be broken down even at the elementary level if we want to give students all the chances they need to succeed in school. To do this, concrete activities aiming at deconstructing gender stereotypes can be very helpful and spark interesting discussion with your group.

ACCM, an organization that provides information about and contact information for various health services in Montreal, has created a bank of free sexual health and education lesson plans adapted for elementary and high school teachers in Québec that you can access online.

As gender stereotypes are a big part of the sexuality education program in Québec, very interesting activities can be facilitated to break down gender stereotypes and meet the goals of the program at the same time. This particular activity looks at the impacts of gender stereotypes on different people, and how we can all act to denounce gender-based discrimination, sexism, homophobia, transphobia.

Click on the links below to download the lesson plan and the handouts for students.


Scenarios - Handout
File size: 356 KB (application/pdf)
Heart Cut Out - Handout
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Sexuality Match Game! - Handout
File size: 162 KB (application/pdf)
Sexuality Match Game Answer Key
File size: 165 KB (application/pdf)