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Sex Education

'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...

Sexual Harassment and Academic Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 07.24.2013 | College
David Moshman

The topic of sexuality is subject to the same principles of academic freedom as any other topic. Sexual harassment is wrong because it is harassment, not because it is sexual.

Homophobia and Statutory Rape: Kate's Not Alone

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.24.2013 | Crime
American Anthropological Association

Lately, I've seen lots of headlines that disturb me, as a son of Indian River County, FL. For example, ABC recently reported that an Indian River "Cheerleader Denies Felony Charge for Lesbian Relationship." My

Does Watching Pornography Lead to Teen Sex?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.23.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Please talk to your teens about the body, heart and mind connection involved in physical intimacy. Few teens are aware of how emotionally connecting sex can be.

Gov. Quinn Expected To Sign New Comprehensive Sex Ed Bill

Posted 05.24.2013 | Chicago

The Illinois Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would require sex education classes in public schools statewide to include information on contra...

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.

Pregnant Teen Boys? An Anti-Teen Pregnancy Campaign

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Barbara Greenberg

Sometimes we have to step out of the box to educate and warn our teens. Sometimes we even have to capture their interest for more than just a few moments to make some impact.

Science and Storytelling in Sex Education

Cory Silverberg | Posted 07.20.2013 | Parents
Cory Silverberg

When we stop talking about sex education as this sliver of an experience and start talking about it as telling stories, we open up possibilities for everyone to play a part. Everyone can tell stories.

Would You Adopt A 'Text Baby'? (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Krystie Yandoli | Posted 05.17.2013 | Teen

DoSomething.org wants to make it easier for high school students to understand just how hard it is to be a teen parent -- and they're doing it through...

Asking the Wrong Questions About Sex Education

Cory Silverberg | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Cory Silverberg

If we want to actually focus on what's best for kids, we should stop talking about when we start sex education and start talking about what we say and how we say it.

Listening to Young People on Sexual Health

Cecilia Attias | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Cecilia Attias

Wherever we live, we should foster a constructive dialogue about sexual and reproductive health, and we should support young people when they are brave enough to speak out.

Teacher Posts Shocking Sex Brochures In Classroom

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

After a Toronto Public School teacher was found to have sexually explicit brochures posted in his classroom, he and the school’s administration are ...

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.

Plan B: Our Teens and Sex

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
Barbara Greenberg

The FDA has given approval to make the pill known as Plan B available to teens age 15 and over on an over the counter basis and without a prescription. This will be put into place almost immediately. This pill is taken after sex when an individual is concerned that they may be at risk for pregnancy.

First Hebrew How-To For Orthodox Jews

AP | TIA GOLDENBERG | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion

JERUSALEM -- A how-to book translated into Hebrew aims to teach Israel's Orthodox Jews about sex, targeting an audience typically mum on the steamy su...

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.

Creating a Vision Through Her Lens

Catherine Okafor | Posted 06.28.2013 | Impact
Catherine Okafor

With help from her best friends Sylva Raskin and Laney Rupp, Tani Ikeda, co-founded ImMEDIAte Justice, a summer workshop and community outreach program for girls devoted to revolutionizing sex education through filmmaking.

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...

In Bed With Jessica Drake

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 06.16.2013 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

Let's be honest -- how many people really have sex like we see it portrayed in adult films and how do you learn how? What do you do when you are anxious to learn, but want to protect your privacy? Allow me to introduce you to Jessica Drake.

What Rehtaeh Parsons' Death Teaches Us About Rape as a Conformity

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 06.12.2013 | Crime
Soraya Chemaly

Why are so many boys so sure they can get away with rape? Or learning that their status is enhanced by sharing photo-documentary evidence of their actions? As one boy asked at a recent talk I gave: "How is forwarding a picture a girl sends me of herself different from forwarding a picture of my toaster?"

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...

Shame on Shaming

Alexander Sanger | Posted 06.12.2013 | New York
Alexander Sanger

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.

11 Actions That Prove Republicans Are Intent On Making 2013 A Terrible Year For Sex

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics

Move over "war on women," the GOP's "war on sex" is here to invade your bedroom and reproductive system. While some of the measures below may resem...

It's Time to Make Sex Education Mandatory in Our Nation's Schools

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

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?

Laura Bassett

GOP Takes Aim At Teen Sex Ed Programs

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

In addition to passing some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation so far this year, Republican lawmakers in North Dakota, Arkansas and T...