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Cory Silverberg is a sexuality educator, author, and trainer. He received his master's of education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and trains across North America on topics including access and inclusion, sexuality and disability, and sex and technology. Cory is the Sexuality Guide for About.com and is currently writing a series of three inclusive books for children about sexuality for Seven Stories Press. The first, What Makes a Baby, was released in May 2013.

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We Need a New Orientation to Sex

(8) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 5:31 PM

Since the summer, I've been working on the second book in a series that offers a different approach to sexuality and gender education for young children. The first, What Makes a Baby, is for very young kids, and this second one is geared more or less to kids...

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What Gender Doesn't Have to Do With Making Babies

(14) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 4:36 PM

When I sat down to write What Makes a Baby, I didn't think gender would be the most controversial part. I thought that if anyone had a problem with the book it would be because I don't put a married heterosexual couple in the middle of the...

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Science and Storytelling in Sex Education

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 5:31 PM

Last week, in response to a Room for Debate column in the New York Times that asked when sex education should begin, I suggested that a more fruitful debate would focus on the how and what, and less on the when, of sex education.

Most of the time, when...

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Asking the Wrong Questions About Sex Education

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 2:02 PM

Last week, the "Room for Debate" section of the New York Times asked the question, "At What Age Should Sex Education Begin?" and invited four experts to weigh in.

No room for debate was needed. They agreed with each other, and with the research (imperfect though it may...

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Of Meat, Sex Education, and Conservative Ideologies

(23) Comments | Posted October 21, 2011 | 5:01 PM

Imagine you have a 10- or 11-year old child, just entering a public middle school. How would you feel if, as part of a class ostensibly about nutrition, your child was given "risk cards" that named and graphically depicted a variety of animal body parts that had been cut up,...
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When it Comes to Sex, Are Your Sins Invalid?

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 5:20 PM

On April 8 the performance project and arts incubator Sins Invalid will unveil their newest production in San Francisco. In a culture that's at once saturated in sex and remarkably superficial when it comes to sexual representation, Sins represents the kind of sexual performance we all need more of....

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Got Sexual Problems? Step Right Up!

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 1:09 PM

The first time I saw the email was two weeks ago. A colleague sent it to me after it was sent to her with the request that it be posted in a popular online forum she moderates. Then I got it again, this time on a listserv I subscribe to....

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The Death of Gender?

(9) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 6:10 PM

Recently I read, back to back, two articles about gender. Gender, like race, is one of those things that's always present, always affecting, but usually unspoken. Both these articles dealt, in very different ways, with how gender can kill. The first was an excellent research study, published in the journal...

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Media and the Sexualization of Children

(56) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 9:10 AM

Peggy Orenstein has a piece in this weekend's NYT Magazine inspired by the much talked about video of eight and nine-year old girls performing "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" at a national dance competition in Los Angeles.

I appreciate both her warning of the next...

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Erection Fretting (or Why We're Dying to Talk About Sex)

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2010 | 12:27 PM

We fret about erections. Those whose erections figure large in their sex lives fret about if they stop getting them, or if the ones they have now are different than the ones they had before. Those who rely on the erections of others for sex play fret that their...

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What's Missing in the Search for Female Viagra

(6) Comments | Posted November 2, 2009 | 5:41 PM

Terry Allen has a short but pointed rant in In These Times on what she calls "restless vagina syndrome" otherwise known as female sexual dysfunction, and it's supposed cure, which thanks to an uncritical media has been constructed as the hunt for a female Viagra.

There's so...

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How Sex Could Save Newspapers

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2009 | 5:51 PM

There’s been so much hand wringing about the future of newspapers and most of it does little more than repeat an ominous warning of the end of days that will come about when newspapers cease to be the thing they are now.  So I was pleasantly surprised to hear a...

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Are Teens Heading in the Wrong Direction?

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2009 | 10:41 PM

The latest release from the Guttmacher Institute announced that teens are heading in the wrong direction. The release is referring to a new study that shows teens are less likely to be using condoms than they were 10 years ago.

I definitely agree teen contraceptive use is headed...

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Some Very Un-Joyous Sex

(24) Comments | Posted March 12, 2009 | 4:00 PM

I'm a bit late to the game on the updated edition of the 1972 classic The Joy of Sex. But last week a CBC radio producer emailed me to ask what I thought of the new-ish version and I realized that it was still sitting there in the...

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Sexual Hope With A Happy Ending

(2) Comments | Posted February 15, 2009 | 9:42 AM

Cory Silverberg will join Esther Perel, Amy Sohn, Leonore Tiefer and Ian Kerner for a conversation called "Sex in America: Can The Conversation Change?" The symposium is co-sponsored by the Huffington Post and Open Center and will take place in New York City on Friday, February 20th. Click here...

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Other Sexual Conversations Worth Having

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2009 | 12:03 PM

Cory Silverberg will join Esther Perel, Amy Sohn, Leonore Tiefer and Ian Kerner for a conversation called "Sex in America: Can The Conversation Change?" The symposium is co-sponsored by the Huffington Post and Open Center and will take place in New York City on Friday, February 20th. Click here...

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A Sexual Categorical Imperative (or Why Kant Is Not a Dirty Word)

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2009 | 12:37 PM

Cory Silverberg will join Esther Perel, Amy Sohn, Leonore Tiefer and Ian Kerner for a conversation called "Sex in America: Can The Conversation Change?" The symposium is co-sponsored by the Huffington Post and Open Center and will take place in New York City on Friday, February 20th. Click here...

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A New Sexual Conversation in America

(8) Comments | Posted February 4, 2009 | 6:01 PM

Cory Silverberg will join Esther Perel, Amy Sohn, Leonore Tiefer and Ian Kerner for a conversation called "Sex in America: Can The Conversation Change?" The symposium is co-sponsored by the Huffington Post and Open Center and will take place in New York City on Friday, February 20th. Click here...

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