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5 Ways to Prevent the 50 Shades of Middle School

Keisha Howard | Posted 01.27.2016 | Parents
Keisha Howard

If you are a parent with a child in middle school, it just got real. It's time to have serious sex talks with your teen, because although he or she may be acting like they don't know much about sex, or that they aren't interested in sex, it is still around them.

America and Reproductive Rights: Not Making the Grade

Robert Walker | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Robert Walker

Attacks on Planned Parenthood, both physical and political, are jeopardizing the ability of women to access contraception and other reproductive health care services. At the same time, political assaults on sex education programs are gaining momentum and threatening the progress that we have made in reducing teen pregnancies. It all adds up to a bad report card for 2015, and it could get worse in 2016.

Why You Should to Talk to Your Kids About Sex

Samara Wolpe | Posted 01.06.2016 | Parents
Samara Wolpe

Why is it so common for parents to make up strange stories such as the stork or fairies dropping children off at the doorstep, or for parents to wait until their children are summoned in for health class to broach the topic? Even more puzzling, why do many never bring it up at all?

The 25 Best and Worst Sex Moments From 2015

Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T.

It seems like sexuality is the one field with more of an ideological divide than politics. This year there is greater tolerance than ever to the many sexuality identifications and definitions. At the same time, there are many movements that promote failing programs and invisible walls of discrimination.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards Discusses Sex Education

Quora | Posted 12.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Quora

Absolutely. Sometimes, people think that "sex ed" refers only to talking or teaching about sexual behavior, but that's not true. Sex education is an important way children and teens can learn positive, healthy interpersonal relationship and communication skills.

Everything You Want To Know About Sex Ed In California

EdSource | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published.   California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a law that...

When Did We Have To Start Praying for Access To Healthcare?

Lori J. Bertman | Posted 12.07.2015 | Impact
Lori J. Bertman

Sexual health education and access to care isn't simply a personal luxury, it's a question of national safety and security. It is the job of the government to protect its citizens, and that includes giving them information and access to prevent potential health pandemics. If Planned Parenthood is defunded, people must be given an alternative.

Help Me to Stop the Hurting

Matthew Rose | Posted 12.02.2015 | Black Voices
Matthew Rose

I implore you to take a stand against stigma. In the world where conversations about HIV are radically changing, stigma still kills. It remains a large barrier to health equity and ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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
Fatherly

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.