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Sexual Education

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.

The Start of a Sexual Health Journey

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Tewodros Melesse

Every day we hear stories and come across people whose lives have been transformed by getting access to information about sexual health and sexual health services like contraception. It can change the way they behave and the way they think.

From Tanzania to Texas: Empowering Youth on World Contraception Day

Pamela Barnes | Posted 09.18.2015 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Fear of talking about sex can translate into shame at any age, but particularly during the formative years, when young people are just starting to learn about themselves and their bodies.

Sex As a Latina

Tatiana K. Tenreyro | Posted 09.09.2015 | Latino Voices
Tatiana K. Tenreyro

Girls should receive proper, accurate information about sex instead of being scared into remaining abstinent. We are often told that if we have sex before marriage or without being in a long-term relationship, we are scum. I grew up being lost in terms of what a healthy sexual relationship was meant to be like.

Talking to Teens About Porn

Joni Edelman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Joni Edelman

Young people are sexually aware and driven. People are sexually aware and driven. Period. It's called nature. There is no point in shaming your kids. That will make them feel weird and shitty. Just don't.

Carol Kuruvilla

Millennials Want Contraception To Be Accessible To Everyone | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.12.2015 | Religion

When religious leaders ask millennials to make black-or-white moral judgments about sexuality, these young Americans will likely point out the gray. ...

Rain Before Rainbows

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Stephen Gray Wallace

The sheer magnitude of changes taking place during puberty and throughout adolescence pushes to center stage the issue of identity, in all its forms and with all of its vagaries.

How to Sow the Seeds of Compassion in Your Kids

Karyn Pickles | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Karyn Pickles

If we teach our kids to interpret cues correctly to guess how someone is feeling and to want other people to feel good, the end result will be kids who make choices that result in other people feeling good and not making choices that make themselves or others feel bad.

#ShareaCondom Campaign Proves (Safe) Sex Sells

Eva McEnrue & Mel Owens | Posted 12.23.2014 | Comedy
Eva McEnrue & Mel Owens

Educators, parents, and condom manufacturers have worked to make safe sex appealing to young people for decades with minimal success - until now. Shadowing Coke's marketing tactic, Poke's "#ShareaCondom" campaign is enjoying similar success while also preventing unplanned pregnancy and STDs.

The Awkward Truth About Having 'The Talk'

Suzanne Clores | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Clores

Conscious parenting may sound like it's all apple cider vinegar and handmade socks, but facing good news and bad news with grace and mindful action doesn't always feel natural. In fact, parenting can get particularly awkward when it comes to addressing children's sexual behavior,

Top 10 Things We Will Tell Our Sons About Sex

Em & Lo | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Em & Lo

Basically, porn is a terrible place to learn about how to have great, satisfying sex, and what that kind of sex looks like. It's an especially terrible place to learn about what women like in bed.

Comprehending Comprehensive Sexual Education

Hannah Berkman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education
Hannah Berkman

The message is clear: the United States public demands the amelioration and perhaps an overhaul of the sexual education system. More importantly, students deserve to receive accurate and objective information.

A Woman's Sexual Awakening

Diana M. Raab | Posted 04.28.2014 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

At this stage in our lives we know what brings us joy, what turns us on, and what turns us off. Most of us have had enough sexual encounters to be in touch with ourselves and our sexuality.

GOP Lawmaker Says Students Can Have 'Sex Week' In 'A Field Full Of Sheep'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.23.2014 | College

Tennessee lawmakers advanced legislation this week officially condemning a group of students for holding a "Sex Week" event on campus. A resolution...

Tyler Kingkade

GOP Lawmakers Freak Out Over University's 'Sex Week,' Again | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.14.2014 | College

Republican lawmakers in Tennessee are hellbent on trying to stop students and faculty at the state's flagship university from attending a series of ev...

7 Things We Should Start Teaching In Schools ASAP

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Americans typically learn a lot of things in school -- spelling, math, why plants are green -- that are actually useful in our day-to-day lives. But t...

The Harm Of Homophobic Sex Ed

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 07.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Josh A. Goodman

"Homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and ... homosexual conduct is a criminal offense." As much as I wish this were a 1950s-era example of past homophobia washed away, this text is from the current sex education requirements under Alabama state law.

10 Real Sex-Ed Horror Stories

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 04.18.2013 | Women

After sex-ed speaker Pam Stenzel made headlines for giving a controversial lecture to high-schoolers in West Virginia, we asked readers to send us the...

Abstinence Speaker Reportedly Tells HS Students 'If You Take Birth Control, Your Mother Probably Hates You'

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 04.17.2013 | Women

Pam Stenzel, an abstinence-only speaker, sparked controversy after giving a talk to an assembly of West Virginia high school students this week. Stenz...

Adolescents in Adult Bodies: Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in Emergencies

Seema Manohar | Posted 05.07.2013 | Impact
Seema Manohar

Lost in transition between childhood and adulthood, adolescence is undoubtedly a daunting phase to be in one's life. The adolescents I meet are strong and inspiring despite living in the midst of humanitarian crises, witnessing humanity's worst cruelties on a daily basis.

Planned Parenthood Accused Of 'Inherent Conflict Of Interest'

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

Planned Parenthood is unfit to provide sex education materials to Texas students because the organization's status as an abortion provider constitutes...

CPS Expanding Sex Education To Students As Young As 5

Posted 03.05.2013 | Chicago

Is five years old too young to begin receiving sex education lessons? Last week, Chicago Public Schools' Board of Education approved expanding sexu...

Let's Talk (and Text and Tweet) About Sex

Dr. Mike Dow | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Mike Dow

When it comes to your sex life, which one of these two philosophies do you live your life by: (A) Ignorance is bliss or (B) Knowledge is power? Research shows the latter keeps us healthy, but it also shows that too many of us are living life by the former.

Is Watching People Have Sex Always Porn?

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 01.02.2013 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

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.

The Body Part Most Women Wouldn't Recognize In A Lineup

Jenny Isenman | Posted 09.24.2012 | Women
Jenny Isenman

I mean, I could probably narrow it down, like they taught you to do in SAT prep, but anything with the same grooming, coloring and general size could be mine. How sad is that?