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Abstinence Education

Sex Education or Sex Ignorance?

Gabrielle Van Tassel | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Gabrielle Van Tassel

Some fear that teenagers' access to contraceptives and learning comprehensive sex ed will inspire more sexual activity. But as sex therapist Dr. Gloria Brame explains, "No comprehensive sex ed = no reliable information on how STDs are transmitted and no understanding of how to prevent them."

Medical Fact-Checking the Republican Party Platform: Truth or Truthiness?

David A. Grimes | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
David A. Grimes

The Republican platform makes several medical claims that shape its policies. Since public health policy should be based on the best scientific and medical evidence, fact-checking these claims is timely.

Life Is Like Physics

Mark Baer | Posted 04.21.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

What parents seem to forget when they are divorcing or their relationship is ending, is that children are expensive.

A Woman Live-Tweeted Her Teen's Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Class

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 04.16.2015 | Women

A woman named Alice Dreger sat in on her son's sex ed class, and the experience sounds completely horrifying. Dreger, the author of Galileo's Middl...

The Danger of Viewing Fifty Shades of Grey As Sex Ed

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 04.20.2015 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Ana, and her fans, are rewarded not by on-screen climax, but by the promise of marriage. All of this sounds an awful lot like ideas embedded in abstinence-only sex ed.

Listen Up, Legislators: People Want Better Sex Education Than What Many States Require

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics

A majority of U.S. states don't mandate sex education, even though two-thirds of Americans think students should get comprehensive birth control infor...

Dana Liebelson

Spending Bill Measure Could Give States Millions In Extra Dollars To Teach That Premarital Sex is Wrong

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

The spending package unveiled by Congress this week includes a new measure that allows states to get more federal funding -- potentially totaling mill...

Policewoman To Young Girls: Premarital Sex Could Lead To Death

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 05.07.2014 | Women

During an event to promote abstinence, a Las Vegas policewoman told a room full of girls and their parents that premarital sex can lead to prostitutio...

Comprehending Comprehensive Sexual Education

Hannah Berkman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education
Hannah Berkman

The message is clear: the United States public demands the amelioration and perhaps an overhaul of the sexual education system. More importantly, students deserve to receive accurate and objective information.

8 Things America Gets Wrong About Sex

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Women

Americans are known for our ambition. While the past few decades have worn down our lead, the United States remains a bellwether of industry, innovati...

How My Church Hijacked My Vagina

Monique Ruffin | Posted 03.19.2014 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

Just like the Christian church asks us to believe that the earth is only 6,000 years old (rather than 4.5 billion years), it also asks us to believe t...

Utah County Health Dept. Launches Abstinence Education Site For Parents

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

A New Utah County Health Department website encourages parents to talk to their kids about sex, so long as they tell them not to have it. The absti...

Teens Teach Teens Sex Education

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

A new university-led program is shaking up sex education in one Cleveland community. Kids are the sex education teachers in an after-school peer e...

Shame on All Of Us

Jane Wells | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Jane Wells

I bet Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard felt a roller coaster of emotions when they heard about Amanda Berry's rescue yesterday. I know I did. Let's not forget the thousands of other American girls who are out there working as sex slaves.

The Damaging Effects Of Shame-Based Sex Education: Lessons From Elizabeth Smart

Kristen Howerton | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Kristen Howerton

While it's great to explain the benefits of abstinence, Christians have begun to rely too heavily on a shame-based rhetoric that motivates teens into compliance for fear of being "dirty" or undesirable. I cannot tell you how many women I have counseled who became sexually active in their teen years and consequently felt like they were damaged goods.

Republicans Seek $550 Million To Keep Teens From Having Sex

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics

How much could it cost to keep teenagers from having sex? More than $100 million per year over the course of five years would be a good starting place...

HIV/AIDS Activist Hydeia Broadbent's Open Letter to Us All

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 02.09.2013 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Belated, but sincerely -- I want us all to observe Feb. 7 as it was National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Hydeia Broadbent claimed the hearts of m...

Bad News for Voters in Iowa and Teenagers in Tennessee

El Chanclaso | Posted 08.29.2012 | Latino Voices
El Chanclaso

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was ahead of the anti-voter curve. As one of his first acts as governor, Branstad signed an executive order ending a policy that automatically gave ex-felons the right to vote after they were released from prison.

Sex, Teens and Risk: Conservatives Have It Wrong

James Peron | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
James Peron

Abstinence-only programs don't exist "for the kids," or because of risks. They exist almost wholly because Republicans -- and Democrats in Tennessee -- are trying to placate a religious minority, even if it means exposing teens to greater harms.

Wisconsin Must Return to Comprehensive Sex Education

The Badger Herald | Posted 05.20.2012 | College
The Badger Herald

It is time for Wisconsin's legislators to learn to accept reality. The fact that young people have sex is not changing. What must change, however, is the return to comprehensive and honest sex education for our youth.

Abstinence-Only Sex Education Bill In Utah Prohibits Teaching Contraception

Posted 04.24.2012 | Education

A bill requiring sex education classes to teach an abstinence-only curriculum moved closer to becoming a law in Utah Wednesday. The state House pas...

New Pornography Regulations in L.A.: Are They Addressing the Right Problem?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

The ordinance will not be very effective at influencing the overall depiction of sex in imagery and media. This outcome is all the more lamentable because encouraging condom use is so important. Let's look at the facts.

New National Sex Ed Standards Encourage 'Safe Sex,' Sexual Identity, Anti-Bullying

AP | By KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 01.09.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Young elementary school students should use the proper names for body parts and, by the end of fifth grade, know that sexual orientation...

Scott Walker's New Jobs Plan: Abstinence-Only Education

Mother Jones | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

A bill launched during Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's jobs session and nearing passage in the Legislature would repeal significant portions of the stat...

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: The Science of Sex Education

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.15.2012 | Education

What is the most effective way to educate young people about sex? What can we do to minimize unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)? Does abstinence-only education work? Some people think so.