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Sex Education

Keeping New York's Youth Safe and Healthy

Joan Malin | Posted 11.27.2012 | New York
Joan Malin

Our teens want and need accurate information about their sexual and reproductive health, which is why we must do everything we can to ensure we are properly educating young people.

What Words Should A Preschooler Never Say?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.27.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

We all have our list of those words. Not the banned-by-the-FCC ones -- I figure all parents agree that those should probably not be part of a 3-year-old's vocabulary. But words that are loaded, words that are hurtful, words that feel personal.

New York Schools Offer Plan B

AP | Posted 11.24.2012 | Education

NEW YORK — The New York City Department of Education is making the morning-after-pill available to high school girls at 13 public schools. The ...

NYCLU Report: Sex-Ed In New York Rife With Inaccuracies

Posted 09.14.2012 | Education

According to a recent report by the New York Civil Liberties Union, numerous public school districts across New York State are providing their student...

Sexuality in Our Schools

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 08.26.2012 | Education
Jon Hotchkiss

They're going to hear about orgasms but won't have any idea that when they're mature enough to handle the responsibilities, an orgasm is a magical feeling you can share with someone you love on a Hawaiian shore just as the sun sets. Or even in the bathroom with someone you just met at Starbucks.

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Dominates In State With Highest Teen Pregnancy

Reuters | Posted 10.27.2012 | Education

* State has nation's highest teen birth rate * New law allows abstinence plus sex-ed teaching * Studies show sex-ed work...

Why Missouri’s Students Might Believe Todd Akin’s Junk Science

ThinkProgress | Tara Culp-Ressler | Posted 08.23.2012 | Education

Addressing the controversy surrounding Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) offensive comments that “legitimate rape” doesn’t lead to pregnancy, President ...

School District Sued Over 'Inaccurate, Biased' Sex Ed Program

AP | JOHN S. MARSHALL | Posted 08.22.2012 | Education

SAN FRANCISCO -- A school district in California's Central Valley is putting teens' health at risk by failing to provide students with information abo...

Trouble Talking About Oral Sex

Deborah Schoeberlein David | Posted 10.21.2012 | Education
Deborah Schoeberlein David

If teens are ready to have oral (or any other) sex, then we, as a society, need to do our utmost to help them recognize that "being ready" means more than just understanding the mechanics or being afraid of STDs.

"Abstinence Only" Exposed as Subversive of Actual Evangelical Values

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.03.2012 | Books
Frank Schaeffer

Christine J. Gardner convincingly argues that the abstinence movement works against the most profound Christian values of selflessness and sacrifice and instead adopts rock concert style techniques of pop culture as a tool to get people to turn against that pop culture.

Majority Of Miss. Schools Choose Abstinence-Only Sex Ed

Posted 07.30.2012 | Education

With the highest teen pregnancy rate in the country, a majority of Mississippi's school districts have chosen to teach an abstinence-only sex educatio...

More Teens Are Using Condoms Over Past Two Decades

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 09.23.2012 | Teen

WASHINGTON — Nearly half of high school students say they've had sex, yet progress has stalled in getting them to use condoms to protect against...

Birthday Reflections

Steve Turtell | Posted 09.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Steve Turtell

Today is my 61st birthday. That's thirty more than I expected to have. I'm sure many of the gay men my age who lived through the first onslaught of the AIDS pandemic know what I mean.

An Open Letter to Black Women

Brandy Williams | Posted 09.17.2012 | Black Voices
Brandy Williams

Black women, what happened to us? We have gone from mothers of this earth; strong and proud backbones of our men, to ignorant, groupie, door mats! We are better than this!

5 Concerning Tween Trends

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.16.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Our tweens are growing up a bit too quickly and are paying the price for it.

Family Planning Unleashes the Girl Effect

Maria Eitel | Posted 09.12.2012 | Impact
Maria Eitel

Investing in family planning for adolescent girls is not only the right thing to do, it's smart economics.

'Gateway Sexual Activity': Why Americans Need To Be Honest About Sex And Morality

Rabbi Shais Taub | Posted 09.08.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shais Taub

As a rabbi, I find the reluctance to talk clearly about sex rather odd. In Talmudic tradition, human sexual behavior is discussed with the same unflinching analysis as matters of commerce. It's part of life.

Sex Ed Law Under Scrutiny

AP | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Spurred by a classroom demonstration involving a sex toy, Tennessee recently enacted a pro-abstinence sex education law that is am...

Argentina: 500,000 Reasons To Legalize Abortion

Vanessa Alejandra Rivera de la Fuente | Posted 08.19.2012 | Impact
Vanessa Alejandra Rivera de la Fuente

As a teenager, I chose to become a mom. In November, I chose, with the same commitment, to march with other women to support the motion to decriminalize abortion. I want women to be able to seek help openly and without shame. The hypocrisy is killing us.

What We Lose With Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 08.15.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

Students need reasons to invest in learning. It is hard work and they have to care. Meaningful learning is about problem solving, thinking, analyzing, organizing, and explaining, not rote memorization

Gonorrhea Is Growing Resistant To Drugs And May Soon Become Untreatable

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 08.05.2012 | Healthy Living

GENEVA (AP) — A sexually transmitted disease that infects millions of people each year is growing resistant to drugs and could soon become untreatab...

Abstinence Got Me Pregnant

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 07.31.2012 | Women
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

My father ruined any shot I had at teen pregnancy the night senior second baseman Mike Sheridan came to call at our home and my dad answered the door conveniently cleaning his Magnum .45.

Sex Ed Seeks To Fight America's Worst Teen Pregnancy Rate

AP | LAURA TILLMAN | Posted 05.29.2012 | Education

MARKS, Miss. -- With her hair in a ponytail and her smile quick and wide, it's hard to tell that high school junior Donyell Hollins has been pulling a...

Breasts, Bras and a RHONJ Parenting Fail

Dr. Logan Levkoff | Posted 07.22.2012 | Parents
Dr. Logan Levkoff

Teresa made fun of her daughter's body. She turned an intimate event into a public one, bringing an entire television audience's attention to her daughter's breasts and burgeoning sexuality.

No One Solution to Reducing Teen Pregnancy

Laura Stepp | Posted 07.22.2012 | Impact
Laura Stepp

Reducing poverty and teen pregnancies are not mutually exclusive goals. We should be looking for more solutions that do both.