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.
Respect. Inclusivity. Empowerment. Communication. These are the words that should come to mind when you think of sexuality education. But unfortunately, for many New York City students and high school graduates, these words are far from how they remember their sex education experience.
John Oliver's brilliant piece did a marvelous job laying out many of the problems in the abstinence-only approach, from its emphasis on shame and ineffectiveness in preventing unplanned pregnancy or STIs to its harmful neglect of the needs of LGBTQ teens.
Very few things in adolescence are certain but there is one thing upon which most teenage girls agree, and that is, they must be sexy. They must wear the short shorts with their rear's hanging out to fit in and get attention.
Some fear that teenagers' access to contraceptives and learning comprehensive sex ed will inspire more sexual activity. But as sex therapist Dr. Gloria Brame explains, "No comprehensive sex ed = no reliable information on how STDs are transmitted and no understanding of how to prevent them."
There is one area of education where we are still stuck in the middle ages -- and it's having an increasingly deleterious effect on our society. For lack of a better term, sex education, is a too often ignored area of study and it's high time we had a candid discussion about it.
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.
To equip your teen for healthy relationships, make it part of your family culture as early as possible. For the sake of his future, burn less energy banning him from sex and instead put your heart into preparing him for healthy, satisfying relationships.
As I enter my 60th year, I continue to feel lust, for love, life and intimacy. I do not think we change much as we grow older, but we learn to accept who we are and what we need, and we are less afraid to go after it
As the mother of an HIV positive school-age son who is working on updating HIV/AIDS educational resources in public school classrooms, I was very disheartened to learn that the devastating stigma still associated with HIV reared its ugly head in a public school in Arkansas last week.