The Bloomberg administration in New York recently launched a series of subway ads condemning teen pregnancy by trying to shame teen mothers into delaying childbirth. Really? Shaming is not an answer to the issue of teen pregnancy.
I'm not encouraging teenagers to go out and have sex, but critical thinking says as sure as the sun will rise in the east, teenagers are going to have sex. So rather than fight the inevitable, why not do everything we can to make sure they are having safe sex?
As soon as we start teaching our children about the body's role in sex we should teach them about the role of the mind in sex. The decision making process. It's not enough to arm them with simply no means no or refusal skills.
Dr. Sonjia Kenya considers herself a multicultural Dr. Ruth for the 21st Century. She is a certified sexologist and serves as sex columnist for the South Florida Sun Post. She recently authored the book Sex In South Beach.
I think it is important for school districts to implement sex education that addresses sexual orientation and gender identity starting in kindergarten. Perhaps then children wouldn't be so perplexed when they encounter people who are LGBT or otherwise different from them.
Sex, religion and politics are eternally entwined bed fellows. No matter how you might want to clothe it, your sexual beliefs and lifestyle are sourced from and impacted by the long traditions and policies within this indivisible trinity.
By passing the Real Education for Health Youth Act, we would ensure that Americans know their bodies, know their health and are empowered through comprehensive sexual education programs to make healthy and responsible decisions about sexual health.
Having been brought up in the very religious Deep South, I long thought that even dry humping could get you pregnant. And certainly no one taught me about masturbation. But is this really the way we want to handle human sexuality? Why is sex so taboo?
Tuesday, January 22 marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark court decision on abortion and women's sexual health, but at DePaul University, that day will be remembered very differently.
The world of sexual habits could be a better place if people were able to seek out a quality sex life without having only pornography as a guide. We should not be ashamed to have questions about sex and we should have safe avenues to view it.
As 2012 comes to a close, there is a lot to be thankful for in the LGBT world. But there are plenty of other important issues that receive less attention. Here's my out-of-the-spotlight queer wish list for the New Year.
An analysis of the television shows most favored by children and adolescents in 1992 showed that one in four conversations addressed some aspect of sexuality. That was 20 years ago. Anyone out there think TV has less sexual content today or that it has become less explicit?