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Teenagers Have Sex: Deal With It

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 12.12.2012 | New York
Marianne Mollmann

High School students under the age of 19 account for approximately one-third of all newly diagnosed sexually transmitted infections in New York State. And not surprisingly, teen mothers are much less likely to graduate from high school than their peers who didn't give birth.

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.

Down With "The Talk"!: What Would a New Paradigm Look and Feel Like? (Part 4 of 4)

Deborah M. Roffman | Posted 12.08.2012 | Books
Deborah M. Roffman

Here's the point all of us need to recognize: The "how to's" of nurturing sexually healthy children are precisely the same as the "how to's" of nurturing healthy children, period.

Ladies Need GYN Education More Than SEX Education

Cathy Margolin, L.Ac. Dipl. OM | Posted 12.03.2012 | Women
Cathy Margolin, L.Ac. Dipl. OM

I know too many women who are menopausal, suffering with hot flashes and have reached adulthood with sex education under their belts, but without a firm grasp on their our own gynecological and hormone health.

Down With "The Talk"!: Reclaiming Our Common Sense About Sex (Part 2 of 4)

Deborah M. Roffman | Posted 10.02.2012 | Books
Deborah M. Roffman

To shed anxiety-driven notions about talking to children about sex, we adults need simply to identify and revisit the maladaptive associations we absorbed early in life and use our "we're all grown up now" good sense and perspective to whack them apart.

Banning the Word 'Penis?' Parenting Fail

Dr. Logan Levkoff | Posted 11.28.2012 | Parents
Dr. Logan Levkoff

When we deliberately or inadvertently support our children's use of slang, it's as if we tell them: Yes, there is something gross or silly or ugly about that body part. Don't ever call it by its real name.

Keeping New York's Youth Safe and Healthy

Joan Malin | Posted 11.27.2012 | New York
Joan Malin

Our teens want and need accurate information about their sexual and reproductive health, which is why we must do everything we can to ensure we are properly educating young people.

What Words Should A Preschooler Never Say?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.27.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

We all have our list of those words. Not the banned-by-the-FCC ones -- I figure all parents agree that those should probably not be part of a 3-year-old's vocabulary. But words that are loaded, words that are hurtful, words that feel personal.

New York Schools Offer Plan B

AP | Posted 11.24.2012 | Education

NEW YORK — The New York City Department of Education is making the morning-after-pill available to high school girls at 13 public schools. The ...

NYCLU Report: Sex-Ed In New York Rife With Inaccuracies

Posted 09.14.2012 | Education

According to a recent report by the New York Civil Liberties Union, numerous public school districts across New York State are providing their student...

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...

Why Missouri’s Students Might Believe Todd Akin’s Junk Science

ThinkProgress | Tara Culp-Ressler | Posted 08.23.2012 | Education

Addressing the controversy surrounding Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) offensive comments that “legitimate rape” doesn’t lead to pregnancy, President ...

School District Sued Over 'Inaccurate, Biased' Sex Ed Program

AP | JOHN S. MARSHALL | Posted 08.22.2012 | Education

SAN FRANCISCO -- A school district in California's Central Valley is putting teens' health at risk by failing to provide students with information abo...

Trouble Talking About Oral Sex

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 10.21.2012 | Education
Deborah Schoeberlein

If teens are ready to have oral (or any other) sex, then we, as a society, need to do our utmost to help them recognize that "being ready" means more than just understanding the mechanics or being afraid of STDs.

"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.

Majority Of Miss. Schools Choose Abstinence-Only Sex Ed

Posted 07.30.2012 | Education

With the highest teen pregnancy rate in the country, a majority of Mississippi's school districts have chosen to teach an abstinence-only sex educatio...

More Teens Are Using Condoms Over Past Two Decades

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 09.23.2012 | Teen

WASHINGTON — Nearly half of high school students say they've had sex, yet progress has stalled in getting them to use condoms to protect against...

Birthday Reflections

Steve Turtell | Posted 09.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Steve Turtell

Today is my 61st birthday. That's thirty more than I expected to have. I'm sure many of the gay men my age who lived through the first onslaught of the AIDS pandemic know what I mean.

An Open Letter to Black Women

Brandy Williams | Posted 09.17.2012 | Black Voices
Brandy Williams

Black women, what happened to us? We have gone from mothers of this earth; strong and proud backbones of our men, to ignorant, groupie, door mats! We are better than this!

5 Concerning Tween Trends

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.16.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Our tweens are growing up a bit too quickly and are paying the price for it.

Family Planning Unleashes the Girl Effect

Maria Eitel | Posted 09.12.2012 | Impact
Maria Eitel

Investing in family planning for adolescent girls is not only the right thing to do, it's smart economics.

'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.

Sex Ed Law Under Scrutiny

AP | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Spurred by a classroom demonstration involving a sex toy, Tennessee recently enacted a pro-abstinence sex education law that is am...

Argentina: 500,000 Reasons To Legalize Abortion

Vanessa Alejandra Rivera de la Fuente | Posted 08.19.2012 | Impact
Vanessa Alejandra Rivera de la Fuente

As a teenager, I chose to become a mom. In November, I chose, with the same commitment, to march with other women to support the motion to decriminalize abortion. I want women to be able to seek help openly and without shame. The hypocrisy is killing us.