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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.

The Information Void: Boys, Parents and Porn

Andrew Smiler | Posted 01.26.2013 | Parents
Andrew Smiler

In order to make sure boys aren't relying on pornography to develop their sexual values, we all need to shift from "The Talk."

Dad Protests Principal For Teaching Teen About Porn

Posted 11.12.2012 | Education

Steven Werner is protesting a Michigan principal's decision to educate his daughter on porn, calling it an act of bullying and demanding a written apo...

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...

Trojan Sexual Health Report Card Sparks Action

Ian O’Brien | Posted 11.07.2012 | DC
Ian O’Brien

Trojan's Sexual Health Report Card gives a GPA U.S. on how well campus programs address sexual health, with points for things like condom availability, HIV testing and student health center hours.

Cara Santa Maria

The Strange History Of The Condom

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 11.08.2012 | Science

The condom protects us from infection and unwanted pregnancy, and it has reshaped the history of sex across the world. Studying its strange past can t...

Hey Anti-Choicers: Coercion Is Always Wrong

John Seager | Posted 11.01.2012 | Politics
John Seager

Thank goodness Mississippi voters -- as have voters in every other state where this issue has appeared on the ballot -- put the rights of women above the "rights" of fertilized eggs. But how soon until a state does restrict birth control?

Enough With the Boobies and TaTas

Joyce McFadden | Posted 12.26.2012 | Parents
Joyce McFadden

I remember picking up my daughter at middle school one afternoon years ago and watching the kids, both boys and girls, spill out of the front doors wearing rubber bracelets and waving shiny bumper stickers with "Save the TaTas" emblazoned on them.

Utah Lawmaker Proposes Sex Education For Parents

Posted 10.22.2012 | Education

Republican Utah state Sen. Stuart Reid is sponsoring a bill that would require the state school board to develop a sex education program for parents, ...

Teen Study Shows Two-Way Link Between Early Sex, Later Love

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.19.2012 | Science

When it comes to sex, "late bloomers" may have a better shot at finding happiness in romantic relationships later in life, according to new research c...

What Parents Need to Hear About the HPV Vaccine

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 12.18.2012 | Parents
Marianne Mollmann

A large proportion of parents in the United States are more afraid of their kids having sex than they are of their kids getting cancer.

The Left Is Pro-Choice, But Not Quite So Pro-Debate

Christina Patterson | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
Christina Patterson

If you had heard the discussions about abortion over the past 10 days, you might not think that the laws we have, which are, on balance, pretty good laws, came about through rational debate.

It's Time to Talk Sex

Joan Malin | Posted 12.15.2012 | New York
Joan Malin

October is Let's Talk Month, an annual effort to encourage parents to talk with their children and adolescents about sexuality-related topics.