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Sex Education

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.

Is Achieving Orgasm As Simple As It Sounds?

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 04.18.2013 | TED Weekends
Vanessa Pinto

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoOrgasm is something that is so unique to each person, it is a process of trial and error for countless women to figure out exactly how that works for them.

What We Really Want On Valentine’s Day: Sex Education In Schools

Eric Kutscher | Posted 04.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Eric Kutscher

By passing the Real Education for Health Youth Act, we would ensure that Americans know their bodies, know their health and are empowered through comprehensive sexual education programs to make healthy and responsible decisions about sexual health.

Masturbation Is Not A Dirty Word

Jincey Lumpkin | Posted 04.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Jincey Lumpkin

Having been brought up in the very religious Deep South, I long thought that even dry humping could get you pregnant. And certainly no one taught me about masturbation. But is this really the way we want to handle human sexuality? Why is sex so taboo?

Aborted Baby Flag Removal Sparks Debate at DePaul University

Nico Lang | Posted 04.08.2013 | Chicago
Nico Lang

Tuesday, January 22 marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark court decision on abortion and women's sexual health, but at DePaul University, that day will be remembered very differently.

Preschoolers Shown Porn As Teacher Leaves Room

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.16.2013 | World

Sex education was never supposed to be like this. Preschool children in Normandy were left unsupervised to watch a porn film after the teacher thou...

Lila Shapiro

Openly Gay Deep South Lawmaker Sees Uphill But Winnable Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 01.15.2013 | Gay Voices

Alabama state Rep. Patricia Todd said she knows that same-sex marriage isn't around the corner in her Deep South state, but believes there are other g...

Sleazy Sex Manual From 1600s Finally On Sale

YourTango.com | Posted 01.11.2013 | Weird News

Restoration era sex guide "Aristotle's Compleat Master-Piece" is up for auction, and it's more explicit than you'd think. The formally banned book ...

Teen Socialist's Big Win

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

A 19-year-old socialist took office last week as the member of a local school board in New Jersey. Pat Noble, a pharmacy clerk, was sworn-in as a ...

Is Watching People Have Sex Always Porn?

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 01.02.2013 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

The world of sexual habits could be a better place if people were able to seek out a quality sex life without having only pornography as a guide. We should not be ashamed to have questions about sex and we should have safe avenues to view it.

My Queer Wish List for 2013: 10 Out-of-the-Spotlight Hopes for the New Year

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 02.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Josh A. Goodman

As 2012 comes to a close, there is a lot to be thankful for in the LGBT world. But there are plenty of other important issues that receive less attention. Here's my out-of-the-spotlight queer wish list for the New Year.

New Year's Resolution: Change "The Talk" Into the Conversation

Andrew Smiler | Posted 02.25.2013 | Parents
Andrew Smiler

An analysis of the television shows most favored by children and adolescents in 1992 showed that one in four conversations addressed some aspect of sexuality. That was 20 years ago. Anyone out there think TV has less sexual content today or that it has become less explicit?

Philly Schools Install Free Condom Dispensers To Battle 'Epidemic' Of Teen STDs

Posted 12.26.2012 | Education

One-third of Philadelphia's high schools will be offering free condoms to students in a pilot effort to fight "an epidemic of sexually transmitted dis...

D.C. Students Score Better On Sex-Ed Exam Than Math Or Reading

Posted 12.13.2012 | Education

Washington, D.C., students scored better on standardized exams about sex education and drugs last spring than they did on the reading and math portion...

We Must Act Now To Achieve An AIDS-Free Generation

David Furnish | Posted 01.31.2013 | Gay Voices
David Furnish

Each of us can do something right now to help end the epidemic. Get tested, and urge your doctor to adopt HIV testing as a standard of care. Encourage others, especially young people, to get tested, too. Speak out for comprehensive sexual health programming in your schools.

Clinton's AIDS Plan Misses Key Point: Comprehensive Sex Education

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.30.2013 | Education
Steve Siebold

The delusional thinking is that providing comprehensive sex education in schools is an endorsement of sexual activity. Here's objective reality: whether you like it or not, teenagers are going to have sex. They always have and always will.