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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...

Virginity: Tough for Men and Women

Dustin Siggins | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Dustin Siggins

I was considered the radical Catholic for being sexually abstinent, being pro-life, and attending church weekly. This was especially true in college. So I figured that I was just about the only person, and pretty much the only Catholic, who was abstaining from sexual relations from marriage, and I resigned myself to being a lifelong virgin.

'I Gave Up Sex As A Man In Hollywood'

OWN | Posted 09.29.2014 | OWN

Fallon, age 28, needs to have a serious conversation with her boyfriend. The couple have been sexually active during their six-month romance -- but s...

Why I'm Just Saying 'No' To Bad Sex Ed

Katie Atkinson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Teen
Katie Atkinson

While schools may not be sewing bright bold A's onto every sexually active teen's shirt, they are still helping to set up a judgmental environment through promoting "abstinence only" courses.

Why These Women Say 'Masturbation Is A No-No'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 08.16.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

For many folks, remaining a virgin until marriage is a choice based in religious values, and as these women described to HuffPost Live on Tuesday, tho...

The No-Win Hypocrisy of Christian Abstinence (and Infinities)

Cynthia Jeub | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
Cynthia Jeub

So Green told a story, and it garnered various responses from the Christian world. It made us think, and maybe that's what stories should do. Maybe it's better than pretending to have all the answers about sexuality and eternity.

Why This Boxing Champion Went 7 Weeks Without Sex

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.06.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

World Boxing Organization Middleweight Champion Peter Quillin takes his fights seriously -- so seriously, in fact, that he abstains from sex for as lo...

Why You're Still Fat

Maureen Anderson | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

One evening several years ago I gave up alcohol on a whim. I'd never been much of a drinker, and I was sipping at a margarita at a wedding reception when it hit me: "This feels unnecessary." I didn't like the taste of alcohol, and it never made me feel better -- only worse. So I quit.

Sex Sells: How Nevada is Confusing the Hell Out of Little Girls

Lester & Charlie | Posted 07.08.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

This week's poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking! A few weeks ago, we told you about the insane things going on in Mississipp...

Welcome To The Bizarre And Beautiful World Of Purity Balls

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.05.2014 | Arts

For those unfamiliar with the ritual, a purity ball is a religious ceremony in which fathers and daughters dress up in ball gown attire, spend a night...

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.

20 Real Reasons Men Say No To Sex

The Stir | Posted 04.29.2014 | Weird News

Women aren't the only ones saying "no" to sexytimes. Men are just as guilty of making excuses! And, believe it or not, also have their reasons for abs...

Mississippi's Horrific Approach to Sex Education

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Steve Siebold

What was supposed to educate and inform teenagers in the state has turned into a big joke.

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.

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.

Powering Down to Power Up

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Naphtali Hoff

How smart are we for owning smartphones? And is there anything that we can do to avoid being completely consumed by our technological cravings?

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...

The Most Difficult Thing About Giving Up Junk Food

Maureen Anderson | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

The people who have had hostile reactions to my diet -- despite my best attempts to stay under their radar -- are either overeaters or heavy drinkers, or both. Once they fire a shot, I back away. Call me crazy. And while you're at it, color me healthy. And very happy.

How To Survive The Tough Times, From Martha Stewart (VIDEO)

Posted 12.02.2013 | MarloThomas

How does Martha Stewart overcome tough times? Martha says that two especially tough times in her own life were her divorce, and the legal problem whic...

Katy Hall

LOOK: What Women Don't Know About Birth Control Is Frightening

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

Most American women agree with Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) when it comes to which birth control method works best: the vast majority say that abstinence...

'Oh My God, We're Going There?'

Posted 09.09.2013 | Celebrity

As a Victoria's Secret Angel, Adriana Lima is accustomed to baring it all. But even supermodels get bashful about something, and for Lima, it's her se...

How Important Is Having Sex? Two New Memoirs Respond

Rachel Kramer Bussel | Posted 10.29.2013 | Books
Rachel Kramer Bussel

Sex isn't everything, but it is important, and the impact of its absence depends on who controls access to it. Being protective of one's body and solitude is far different from having chastity thrust upon you.

Truth and Reconciliation for Alcoholism: Retract Anti-Harm Reduction Article in Science

Stanton Peele | Posted 09.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

The important lesson gleaned from the attacks and counterattacks around controlled-drinking research was inescapable -- non-abstinence treatment for alcoholics would never be tolerated in America, and in fact it virtually entirely ceased in this country.

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.

Why I'm Glad I Waited For Marriage To Have Sex

Posted 05.13.2013 | Weddings

Is waiting to have sex until you're married a good idea? For freelance writer Alissa Henry, the answer is definitely yes. Henry stopped by HuffP...