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Abstinence Only Education

Republican Policies Show The Party Doesn't Care About Children

Laura Merriman | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
Laura Merriman

If the Republican party really care about children, it should stop trying to defund Planned Parenthood. The party should support anti-gun legislation so that children can go to school and movie theaters and be at home without being executed, instead of letting nine U.S. youths be gunned down per day.

Dear Bristol Palin, You're Not A Disappointment, Your Parents Are

Joni Edelman | Posted 07.02.2015 | Women
Joni Edelman

Her parents have created a situation where she has to apologize for procreating, like humans do, all the time. Seriously, like daily.

Hero Judge Rules Abstinence-Only Sex Education Isn't Actually Sex Education

David Pakman | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
David Pakman

California Judge Donald Black recently ruled that Clovis Unified School District's curriculum, which was abstinence-only-focused, was not really sex education, not meeting the state's own guidelines. Further, he found that it was providing medically inaccurate information. Unsurprisingly, the curriculum was also touting anti-gay "traditional family" propaganda.

Judge Rules Against Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Program

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

A judge in Fresno County, California, has ruled against an abstinence-only sex education program, saying a school district violated state law by faili...

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."

Life Is Like Physics

Mark Baer | Posted 06.21.2015 | 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...

Virginity Pledges Are a Dangerous Substitute for Sex Edcuation

Beth Leyba | Posted 06.30.2014 | Women
Beth Leyba

Please, for the love of God, know that sex is normal and natural. Please do not feel shame if you end up giving in to normal biological urges, but before you do please seek out comprehensive information on sex, contraception, and protection.

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...

Sex Ed. Lesson Reportedly Compares Non-Virgins To Dirty Chocolate

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics

Sex education in Mississippi still has a long way to go. Parent Marie Barnard, who works in public health, recently told the Los Angeles Times that...

Abstinence-Only Education Doesn't Work -- I Know From Personal Experience

Beth Leyba | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Beth Leyba

Both emotional and physical purity were seen as the gold standard, and presented as totally attainable and absolutely necessary to be in good standing with God. I was completely sincere in my belief at that time and bought it all: hook, line and sinker.

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...

'In Fantasy Land, We Teach Our Kids Abstinence -- And They Listen'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

Illinois state Sen. Linda Holmes (D) on Thursday trumpeted the passage of HB 2675 -- a bill to mandate that state public schools offering sex educatio...

How Abstinence-Only Messages Steer Girls Wrong

Christina Pesoli | Posted 07.22.2013 | Parents
Christina Pesoli

When girls are raised to believe their value is tied to their marketability, the determination of their self-worth is always in the hands of others.

Student Who Spoke Out Against Abstinence-Only Assembly No Longer Allowed To Speak At HS Graduation

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

Katelyn Campbell is among several students who will no longer be allowed to speak at George Washington High School’s graduation ceremony, the Charle...

Elizabeth Smart Blasts Abstinence-Only Education

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

Elizabeth Smart, the young woman who made headlines after being abducted for nine months at age 14, spoke out last week against the abstinence-only ed...

How Deregulation Has Failed Mississippi

Laura Merriman | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Laura Merriman

In the gun debate, the "criminals will get guns and gun deaths will occur no matter what" argument is one that I hear often. There is extensive social science data demonstrating that policy interventions -- namely, regulation -- make for a healthier, safer society.

Abstinence Speaker Reportedly Tells HS Students 'If You Take Birth Control, Your Mother Probably Hates You'

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 04.17.2013 | Women

Pam Stenzel, an abstinence-only speaker, sparked controversy after giving a talk to an assembly of West Virginia high school students this week. Stenz...

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...

Recent Bills Bring Controversial Changes To School Curriculums (SLIDESHOW)

Posted 11.12.2012 | Education

Over the past couple years, several states attempted — and in some instances, succeeded — in passing legislation that brought controversial change...

'Parks & Rec': Abstinence-Only Sex Ed To Senior Citizens?

The Huffington Post | Jason Hughes | Posted 10.19.2012 | TV

Leslie Knope tackled the serious issue of STDs among the elderly on the latest "Parks And Recreation." What she didn't expect to battle was the fact t...

State Sex Ed Bill Could Prohibit Teaching Contraception, Kissing, Hand-Holding

Posted 07.23.2012 | Education

Tennessee lawmakers added language to the state's abstinence-only sex education curriculum that warns against "gateway sexual activity." Although S...

Why Some Women Are Sexists

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.13.2012 | Home
Soraya Chemaly

Every day people, like me, are banging their heads on their desks, asking "What is wrong with that woman?" "Why is she doing that?" "Doesn't she realize she's being used by a system that denigrates her?" Women in these positions clearly don't see it that way.