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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...

Fighting Teen Pregnancy With Peer Influence

Catherine M. Abate | Posted 05.31.2013 | New York
Catherine M. Abate

To effectively encourage teens to make the right decisions about sex, their relationships, and their health, we need to expand our strategies to include more teen-to-teen education.

WATCH: Teacher Criticized For Saying 'Vagina' Speaks Out

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.28.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Parents in Dietrich, Idaho, say the word "vagina" has no place in a 10th grade science class, according to news website MagicValley.com. We talk with ...

Science Teacher Under Investigation: He Explained 'Vagina'

The Huffington Post | William McGuinness | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

Parents in Dietrich, Idaho, say the word "vagina" has no place in a 10th grade science class, according to news website MagicValley.com. A small g...

Steubenville and Beyond

Caryn Brooks | Posted 05.20.2013 | Crime
Caryn Brooks

As soon as we start teaching our children about the body's role in sex we should teach them about the role of the mind in sex. The decision making process. It's not enough to arm them with simply no means no or refusal skills.

Condoms and the Cross

Matthew Bode | Posted 05.08.2013 | Detroit
Matthew Bode

When we offer safer sex kits, a wall comes down. Honesty for us means we need to distribute safer sex kits. It is time we loved people as much as our ideologies.

Dr. Sonjia: A Multicultural Dr. Ruth for the 21st Century

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2013 | Miami
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Dr. Sonjia Kenya considers herself a multicultural Dr. Ruth for the 21st Century. She is a certified sexologist and serves as sex columnist for the South Florida Sun Post. She recently authored the book Sex In South Beach.

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...

All-Inclusive Sex Ed: The Importance Of Learning About Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity At A Young Age

Glennisha Morgan | Posted 05.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Glennisha Morgan

I think it is important for school districts to implement sex education that addresses sexual orientation and gender identity starting in kindergarten. Perhaps then children wouldn't be so perplexed when they encounter people who are LGBT or otherwise different from them.

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...

Holy Sex! What Do You Hold Holy?

Crystal Syben Haidl | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Crystal Syben Haidl

Sex, religion and politics are eternally entwined bed fellows. No matter how you might want to clothe it, your sexual beliefs and lifestyle are sourced from and impacted by the long traditions and policies within this indivisible trinity.