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Real Sex: On Being Bold and Breaking Taboos

Saundra Pelletier | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Saundra Pelletier

When Jessica Biel and I first started talking about the "If You Don't Tell Them, Then Who Will" campaign, it hit us early on that we wanted to encourage real women to have real conversations about their bodies.

Everything You Need To Know About Harvard Sex Week's BDSM Course

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.10.2015 | College

Harvard University's Sex Week is in full swing, and what's a week of informing students about all things fornication without an instructive BD...

Eighth-Graders In Ohio Public School Allegedly Taught Marriage Prevents STDs

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A representative for a faith-based pregnancy center told eighth-graders at a public school in Ohio factually inaccurate information abo...

8 Books That Don’t Sugarcoat Teen Sexuality

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 11.06.2015 | Arts

In a recent installment of HuffPost’s Love + Sex podcast, co-hosts Noah Michelson and Carina Kolodny talked about the increasing number of teen...

NYC Students Deserve Comprehensive, Inclusive Sex Education

Joan Malin | Posted 10.28.2015 | New York
Joan Malin

Respect. Inclusivity. Empowerment. Communication. These are the words that should come to mind when you think of sexuality education. But unfortunately, for many New York City students and high school graduates, these words are far from how they remember their sex education experience.

Why I Would Never Have Sex With Someone Who Refuses To Take A Consent Class

Katherine Ripley | Posted 10.23.2015 | College
Katherine Ripley

I don't ask "Have you taken a consent class?" before I sleep with someone. But if I found out someone who was interested in me vociferously refused to take a consent class and told the consent educators to "get off their high horse," I would refuse to let him touch me.

This Is What the Future of Sex Ed (Hopefully) Looks Like in the U.S.

Fatherly | Posted 10.20.2015 | Education

If your memories of sex ed involve a gym teacher reassuring you that no one pees during sex or a science teacher blushing while explaining that boys don't menstruate, your experience is probably typical for your generation. But things haven't exactly gotten more progressive since then.

Here's How I Was Raped

Viviana Maymi | Posted 10.12.2015 | Women
Viviana Maymi

On a chilly night in 2013, as the stress of the semester was coming to a peak, I had the most scarring experience of my life. Being sexually assaulted -- raped -- shattered my self-image and confidence in my own voice. My self-worth was stolen from me by someone I previously trusted.

Stop Sex Miseducation in Fulton Schools

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 10.06.2015 | Education
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Fulton County is "updating" its sex education curriculum. The existing curriculum, known as "Choosing the Best," is an abstinence-based program that sticks to very traditional roles and expectations, leaving all but the most conventional students open to scorn and shame.

Why Are We Still Letting Our Kids Learn Lies About Sex?

Katherine Ripley | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Katherine Ripley

Sex is not something to feel guilty about. It's a human desire. Like a good meal or a good book, it fulfills you, enriches you, humbles you. That's the moral that we should be teaching. That's what I plan to teach my children.

How Data Provides Insight To Improve Adolescents' Health

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

We all have a role to play in helping to protect the sexual health of our young people - youth can be more aware of the risks they face, and parents and schools can get the information they need to stay safe.

The Sexual Challenge This Dominatrix Has For You

Sandra LaMorgese Ph.D. | Posted 09.29.2015 | Fifty
Sandra LaMorgese Ph.D.

For each individual, sexuality is a process of self-discovery, and it can be one of the most invigorating journeys of your life. As I was deciding to become a professional dominatrix and fetishist, I asked myself, 'can I handle other people's judgmental attitudes about my sexuality?'

How Did the Rate of U.S. Teen Pregnancies Become the Highest in the Developed World?

Saundra Pelletier | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Saundra Pelletier

There are 225 million women who have an unmet need for contraception. As globally conscious individuals, we know that an answer to poverty elimination is allowing women to choose when and if and how often they have children.

5 Terms Every Parent Should Add to Their Sex-Ed Vocabulary

Em & Lo | Posted 09.17.2015 | Parents
Em & Lo

We wanted to talk more with Cory about some of the language used in Sex Is a Funny Word -- the terms and phrases we agree every caregiver of a little kid should have in their vocabulary.

What the Church Must Learn from Josh Duggar

Abby Norman | Posted 09.01.2015 | Religion
Abby Norman

Some will say that the Duggars are an extreme brand of Christianity, and Josh Duggar is an extreme brand of sex addict, and maybe all of that is true, but when looking at the facts, it seems pretty clear to me that the lessons we learned in youth group only made matters worse.

Poussy Draama's Mobile Doctor's Office Is Challenging Sex Ed Norms

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.31.2015 | Arts

Recently I went to the beach with my 2-year-old cousins and our grandma. At one point, desperate for their affection, I reached out my hand and ...

Three Things About Abstinence-Only Sex Ed You Need to Know Now

Carolyn Davis | Posted 08.14.2015 | Education
Carolyn Davis

John Oliver's brilliant piece did a marvelous job laying out many of the problems in the abstinence-only approach, from its emphasis on shame and ineffectiveness in preventing unplanned pregnancy or STIs to its harmful neglect of the needs of LGBTQ teens.

Why Don't We Trust Young Women With Their Own Vaginas?

Pamela Madsen | Posted 08.14.2015 | Women
Pamela Madsen

The goal should not be to shut down or control our daughters relationships with their own sexuality. We need to allow them to learn how to listen, trust and feel their own sexual instincts.

The Conversation We Need to Have After John Oliver Exposed the Lack of Sexual Education in Schools

Mike Domitrz | Posted 08.11.2015 | Education
Mike Domitrz

While not everyone will be a fan of the way he presents the information, John Oliver brings forth a poignant conversation we need to be having -- both as parents and as communities (school systems).

LGBTQ Sex Education Is a Vital Tool for All Parents

Sean O'Toole | Posted 08.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Sean O'Toole

I also realize that sometimes parents don't expect or want their children to be gay, in the same way they don't expect or want their children to go around acting like 1970s Thor but sometimes they are one of these things, and sometimes they are both.

John Oliver & His Celebrity Friends Create The Perfect Sex Ed Video

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 08.10.2015 | Comedy

  Summer vacation is almost over, and as John Oliver pointed out on Sunday's "Last Week Tonight" on HBO, that means there will soon be ...

Most Obvious Study Ever Declares Women Like Sex on Vacation

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.24.2015 | Women
Van Winkle's

New research confirms what we already knew: Women are more inclined to let their freak flag fly on vacation and less concerned about catching a ...

Proof No Penis Is Too Large For A Condom

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 07.17.2015 | Women

If any dude says he's "too big" to wear a condom, we've got some definitive evidence to the contrary.  On July 12, Twitter user Mousie poste...

Kids Prick Up Their Ears When Sexual Pleasure Is Taught in School

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.10.2015 | Parents
Van Winkle's

According to one sexual health agency, sex-ed programs are missing what actually inspires kids to pay attention: lessons on pleasure zones.

How Congress Is Observing World Population Day

Robert Walker | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

Congress is preparing to observe the 26th World Population Day this week by slashing support for family planning and reproductive health programs at home and abroad, including UN programs serving women in refugee camps. Somebody did not get the memo.