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Abstinence Only

Dana Liebelson

Spending Bill Measure Could Give States Millions In Extra Dollars To Teach That Premarital Sex is Wrong

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

The spending package unveiled by Congress this week includes a new measure that allows states to get more federal funding -- potentially totaling mill...

The War on AIDS Is Not Over

William Lynch III | Posted 07.05.2014 | Impact
William Lynch III

The AIDS epidemic in America is still far too real. And the risk factors have taken on a new face: race and poverty.

Mississippi's Horrific Approach to Sex Education

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Steve Siebold

What was supposed to educate and inform teenagers in the state has turned into a big joke.

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.

Sex: A Perspective From the Bench

Literally, Darling | Posted 04.13.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

Frankly, sex was terrifying to me. I mean who thought to put that there? Exchanging bodily fluids seemed gross and fraught with STD and HIV perils. People willingly have sex, which requires an enormous amount of vulnerability, and they don't run background checks on people?

Giving the Gift of Yourself: Juliet's Story

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

Whenever I wear the earrings, they are a tangible reminder of Juliet's generosity and selflessness in telling her story despite the backlash and stigma she knew she could face as a result. Her story is a gift that touched thousands of people, inspiring action.

Katy Hall

LOOK: What Women Don't Know About Birth Control Is Frightening

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

Most American women agree with Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) when it comes to which birth control method works best: the vast majority say that abstinence...

Behind DOMA Ruling, America Stands Divided on Gay Rights

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 09.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Mugambi Jouet

The Supreme Court's decision to strike the Defense of Marriage Act not only reflects progress towards equality, but also the great polarization of American society over gay rights.

How An Abstinence Pledge Ruined My Marriage

Posted 05.31.2013 | Divorce

Should you wait until marriage to have sex? It's an ongoing debate, but for author Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, the answer is a resounding, "no." ...

'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.

'Waiting For Marriage Was A Mistake'

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.13.2013 | Women

For writer Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, abstaining from sex until marriage was not the right choice. Henriquez joined a recent segment on HuffPost L...

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...

The Damaging Effects Of Shame-Based Sex Education: Lessons From Elizabeth Smart

Kristen Howerton | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Kristen Howerton

While it's great to explain the benefits of abstinence, Christians have begun to rely too heavily on a shame-based rhetoric that motivates teens into compliance for fear of being "dirty" or undesirable. I cannot tell you how many women I have counseled who became sexually active in their teen years and consequently felt like they were damaged goods.

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...

What A Phone Call With My Brother Talk Me About Premarital Sex

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 01.30.2013 | Weddings
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

Ryan and Ginell are in their late 30s now and have been married 17 years. They've proved the statistics and some members of our family, including me, wrong.

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...

Romney, Abortion, Evangelicals, Sex and Lies

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

That evangelicals are ready to follow Mitt Romney down the fairy tale narrative rabbit hole to his "family values" scorched earth of opportunistic individualism in the name of pro-life beliefs is one of the greatest political not to mention religious ironies imaginable.

PSA: When it Comes to Sex Ed, Less Isn't More!

Rupert Russell | Posted 12.09.2012 | Comedy
Rupert Russell

Education matters. That's why a group of us came together and decided to make a Public Service Announcement on the importance of comprehensive sex education in America's schools.

Sexuality in Our Schools

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 08.26.2012 | Education
Jon Hotchkiss

They're going to hear about orgasms but won't have any idea that when they're mature enough to handle the responsibilities, an orgasm is a magical feeling you can share with someone you love on a Hawaiian shore just as the sun sets. Or even in the bathroom with someone you just met at Starbucks.

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Dominates In State With Highest Teen Pregnancy

Reuters | Posted 10.27.2012 | Education

* State has nation's highest teen birth rate * New law allows abstinence plus sex-ed teaching * Studies show sex-ed work...

Friday Talking Points -- Stormy Weather

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Maybe it's just me, but doesn't it seem like the Republicans just keep right on raising the bar for craziness right up into the stratosphere?

"Abstinence Only" Exposed as Subversive of Actual Evangelical Values

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.03.2012 | Books
Frank Schaeffer

Christine J. Gardner convincingly argues that the abstinence movement works against the most profound Christian values of selflessness and sacrifice and instead adopts rock concert style techniques of pop culture as a tool to get people to turn against that pop culture.

'Gateway Sexual Activity': Why Americans Need To Be Honest About Sex And Morality

Rabbi Shais Taub | Posted 09.08.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shais Taub

As a rabbi, I find the reluctance to talk clearly about sex rather odd. In Talmudic tradition, human sexual behavior is discussed with the same unflinching analysis as matters of commerce. It's part of life.