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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 03.28.2016 | 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 03.22.2016 | 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 03.18.2016 | 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 03.09.2016 | 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 02.25.2016 | 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 02.10.2016 | 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 01.27.2016 | 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

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 will ...

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 BDSM cours...

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 abou...