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Sex Education

Finding One's Own Freedoms

Gretchen Kuhsel | Posted 05.17.2016 | Women
Gretchen Kuhsel

When I was 16, the same year I chanted "abstinence equals freedom," my friend told me about losing her virginity. "Gross," I said rolling over; unable to understand why anyone would have sex for fun.

Removing Stigma Through Discovery

Gretchen Kuhsel | Posted 05.17.2016 | Women
Gretchen Kuhsel

It's seemingly impossible to engage in a candid discussion about "flickin' the bean," even from girlfriends who are quick to talk about their explicit escapades. But like many misconceptions about female sexuality, the blame can't be placed on one single person.

The Green Party and LGBTQIA+ Rights

Michael Dennis | Posted 05.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Dennis

The arc of justice for LGTBQIA+ persons is intersectional with other realms that we as Greens care about.

Sex Ed: Too Little, Too Biological, Too Late

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 05.17.2016 | Education
Tewodros Melesse

How did you learn about sex and relationships? At home? In school? The playground? From the internet? For millions of young people across the world, sexuality education - if it happens at all - will be too little, too biological and too late.

Period Shaming in India Must Stop

Montclair Diplomats | Posted 05.12.2016 | Women
Montclair Diplomats

Aditi Gupta, co-author of "Menstrupedia Comic," recognized the period shaming while she was in college, during a conversation with her future husband and co-author. In India, menstruation is taboo, so there is no Sex Ed in the classroom.

Women Take A Middle School Sex Ed Quiz, Reveal America Is A Terrible Teacher

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 05.06.2016 | Women

A recent BuzzFeed video reminds us that sex education could really use an overhaul. In the video, part of the BuzzFeed "Ladylike" series, women take ...

Let's Get Real About Sex-Ed

Tyler Payton | Posted 05.03.2016 | Education
Tyler Payton

Many people don't learn the truth about sex and/or their bodies until they start actually having sex, and even then they might not learn everything. It's a shame that it's 2016 and we're still lying to each other about sex. It's time to demystify sex and all of its sub-topics.

A Low Blow: Utah's New Anti-Pornography Law Hits Below the Belt

Jesse Jackman | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics
Jesse Jackman

After months of lobbying by anti-porn groups, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a resolution that declares pornography a "public health crisis." The legislation's philosophy is based on the premise that pornography is addictive. Here's the thing, though: it isn't.

Is Our Focus on College Sexual Assault Hurting Teen Survivors?

Meghana Jayne Kulkarni | Posted 04.21.2016 | College
Meghana Jayne Kulkarni

Sexual violence is an issue that every community member must feel responsible for -- not just those who enjoy the privilege of higher education. With Title IX as a mechanism to achieve our goals, high school is the next best place to start protecting young survivors.

Why Inappropriate Isn't Appropriate

Dr. Logan Levkoff | Posted 04.20.2016 | Parents
Dr. Logan Levkoff

When you don't want to talk about a subject, you call that topic or question: "inappropriate." When you want to shut down what someone is thinking, feeling, or worrying about, you call it: "inappropriate." I hear the effects of this in classrooms daily.

Why Sex Is a Difficult Topic for People

Angela Skurtu | Posted 04.19.2016 | Women
Angela Skurtu

If we want to learn how to talk about sex, we need to start talking about sex comfortably at younger ages. We, as a country, need to offer more comprehensive sex education to children so they learn how to talk about sex in more effective ways.

Formal Sex Education Is On The Decline In The U.S.

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 04.15.2016 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) – Formal instruction about birth control and other aspects of sexual health in the U.S. is on the decline, according to an analysis...

We Need Better Sex Education, Author And Mother Argues. Here’s Why.

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 04.06.2016 | Arts

When it comes to sexual assault, there seems to be a flood of specious statistics, and a dry well of reliable information. One particularly noxious st...

I'll Be More Open About Sex Ed With My Child Than My Parents Were With Me And Here's Why

Charmaine Belonio | Posted 03.29.2016 | Parents
Charmaine Belonio

The "sex talk" is one of the topics even the best parents put off for as long as they can. Why? It's uncomfortable and scary, especially when you're faced with an inquisitive child who throws questions you'll never expect from them.

How and When to Have 'The Talk' With Your Kid

Quora | Posted 03.25.2017 | Parents

When should you begin talking about sex/genitalia with your children? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling qu...

Surely we don't all need to move to Holland, or do we?

Kit Murray Maloney | Posted 03.22.2017 | Education
Kit Murray Maloney

Over the weekend, The New York Times published a must read Op-Ed titled When Did Porn Become Sex Ed? It chronicles what we at O'actually have been sa...

Rape Education

A. Lea Roth | Posted 03.19.2017 | College
A. Lea Roth

How can we prevent rape, not just prosecute and punish those responsible?

Perfect Vending Machine Stocked With Plan B, Pregnancy Tests, Lube And Candy

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 03.18.2016 | Women

Now you can get a Plan B pill when you buy a Twix from the vending machine. Well, at least in one Brooklyn laundromat. Along with laundry machines, th...

In Honor of International Women's Day: 7 Ways to Achieve Sexual Parity

Em & Lo | Posted 03.09.2017 | Women
Em & Lo

Being sex and relationship writers, our own focus is, not surprisingly, on gender parity in the bedroom. Here are 7 steps any gal can take to make sure her bed is an even playing field.

Why Boys Need to Have Conversations About Emotional Intimacy in Classrooms

The Conversation US | Posted 02.25.2017 | Parents
The Conversation US

My cross-national research on adolescent sexuality shows a profound discomfort in American society not just with teenage sex, but with teenage love. And the silence among adults that results - in families, schools and the culture at large - may take a particular toll on adolescent boys.

An Antidote For The Mid-Life Relationship Sex Blues

Pamela Madsen | Posted 02.10.2017 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

Forget the "Seven Year Itch". That's got nothing on "The Mid-life Sex Blues". Whether it's menopause or manopause; mostly it comes down to just plain...

5 Ways to Prevent the 50 Shades of Middle School

Keisha Howard | Posted 01.27.2017 | 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 01.07.2017 | 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 01.06.2017 | 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 12.30.2016 | 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.