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Abstinence Only Education

Virginity Pledges Are a Dangerous Substitute for Sex Edcuation

Beth Leyba | Posted 06.30.2014 | Women
Beth Leyba

Please, for the love of God, know that sex is normal and natural. Please do not feel shame if you end up giving in to normal biological urges, but before you do please seek out comprehensive information on sex, contraception, and protection.

8 Things America Gets Wrong About Sex

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Women

Americans are known for our ambition. While the past few decades have worn down our lead, the United States remains a bellwether of industry, innovati...

Sex Ed. Lesson Reportedly Compares Non-Virgins To Dirty Chocolate

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics

Sex education in Mississippi still has a long way to go. Parent Marie Barnard, who works in public health, recently told the Los Angeles Times that...

Abstinence-Only Education Doesn't Work -- I Know From Personal Experience

Beth Leyba | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Beth Leyba

Both emotional and physical purity were seen as the gold standard, and presented as totally attainable and absolutely necessary to be in good standing with God. I was completely sincere in my belief at that time and bought it all: hook, line and sinker.

Utah County Health Dept. Launches Abstinence Education Site For Parents

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

A New Utah County Health Department website encourages parents to talk to their kids about sex, so long as they tell them not to have it. The absti...

'In Fantasy Land, We Teach Our Kids Abstinence -- And They Listen'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

Illinois state Sen. Linda Holmes (D) on Thursday trumpeted the passage of HB 2675 -- a bill to mandate that state public schools offering sex educatio...

How Abstinence-Only Messages Steer Girls Wrong

Christina Pesoli | Posted 07.22.2013 | Parents
Christina Pesoli

When girls are raised to believe their value is tied to their marketability, the determination of their self-worth is always in the hands of others.

Student Who Spoke Out Against Abstinence-Only Assembly No Longer Allowed To Speak At HS Graduation

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

Katelyn Campbell is among several students who will no longer be allowed to speak at George Washington High School’s graduation ceremony, the Charle...

Elizabeth Smart Blasts Abstinence-Only Education

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

Elizabeth Smart, the young woman who made headlines after being abducted for nine months at age 14, spoke out last week against the abstinence-only ed...

How Deregulation Has Failed Mississippi

Laura Merriman | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Laura Merriman

In the gun debate, the "criminals will get guns and gun deaths will occur no matter what" argument is one that I hear often. There is extensive social science data demonstrating that policy interventions -- namely, regulation -- make for a healthier, safer society.

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...

Republicans Seek $550 Million To Keep Teens From Having Sex

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics

How much could it cost to keep teenagers from having sex? More than $100 million per year over the course of five years would be a good starting place...

Recent Bills Bring Controversial Changes To School Curriculums (SLIDESHOW)

Posted 11.12.2012 | Education

Over the past couple years, several states attempted — and in some instances, succeeded — in passing legislation that brought controversial change...

'Parks & Rec': Abstinence-Only Sex Ed To Senior Citizens?

The Huffington Post | Jason Hughes | Posted 10.19.2012 | TV

Leslie Knope tackled the serious issue of STDs among the elderly on the latest "Parks And Recreation." What she didn't expect to battle was the fact t...

State Sex Ed Bill Could Prohibit Teaching Contraception, Kissing, Hand-Holding

Posted 07.23.2012 | Education

Tennessee lawmakers added language to the state's abstinence-only sex education curriculum that warns against "gateway sexual activity." Although S...

Why Some Women Are Sexists

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.13.2012 | Home
Soraya Chemaly

Every day people, like me, are banging their heads on their desks, asking "What is wrong with that woman?" "Why is she doing that?" "Doesn't she realize she's being used by a system that denigrates her?" Women in these positions clearly don't see it that way.

New Pornography Regulations in L.A.: Are They Addressing the Right Problem?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

The ordinance will not be very effective at influencing the overall depiction of sex in imagery and media. This outcome is all the more lamentable because encouraging condom use is so important. Let's look at the facts.

Scott Walker's New Jobs Plan: Abstinence-Only Education

Mother Jones | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

A bill launched during Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's jobs session and nearing passage in the Legislature would repeal significant portions of the stat...

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: The Science of Sex Education

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.15.2012 | Education

What is the most effective way to educate young people about sex? What can we do to minimize unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)? Does abstinence-only education work? Some people think so.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Let's Talk About Sex: Don't Be Afraid To Speak Your Mind

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 11.07.2012 | Education

2011-11-15-csm1.jpgIt's because of scientific curiosity that many things have been learned about the human sexual experience. For example, do you know what's actually occurring during vaginal lubrication?

The Un-American War on Science

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

My family founded the Minnesota Republican Party and I am dismayed by this un-American display of prideful ignorance. Our GOP candidates ought to be ashamed.

Of Meat, Sex Education, and Conservative Ideologies

Cory Silverberg | Posted 12.21.2011 | Education
Cory Silverberg

Schools can and should teach about the nutritional value of meat. That's what schools do. At home I can and should teach about the ethical and moral weight of eating meat. That's what parents do. The same is true for sex.

Rick Perry Struggles To Answer Question About Sex Ed: 'Abstinence Works'

Posted 10.24.2011 | Education

Last summer, Texas chose to pass on $4.4 million in federal funds aimed at sex education for adolescents in the state, The Texas Tribune reported. ...

Rick Perry Asked Why More Kids Are Getting Pregnant in Texas

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 09.19.2011 | Education
Shawn Lawrence Otto

Instead of providing fact-based information, Perry's program uses fear and Jesus -- over-emphasizing the risks of STDs leading to cervical cancer, radical hysterectomy and death -- together with Christian morality.

Teen Pregnancy Rates Highest In South

The Hill's Healthwatch | Mike Lillis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, for instance, 2008 birth rates were less than 25 per 1,000 teens aged 15 to 19, CDC found. I...