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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.

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.