We’re living in a changing landscape…

I have absented myself from blog reading of late.  Mostly it’s a time crunch thing, but I’ve realized that mostly I just need to cut down on the shear number of blogs I’ve been attempting – and failing – to read and just keep the really important ones.  But it’s hard.  Because there are, of course, so very many truly worthy ones.  In just the last few minutes, while scanning over almost 400 blog posts I’ve neglected to read in the last two weeks, I have truly been overwhelmed with hope at this changing political landscape.  Here are a few of the reasons why:

  1. The UK is looking to attend to sexual bullying as a specific, relevant, and negative force in teenagers’ lives.
  2. Barack Obama, kicking ass and taking names. Literally.
  3. Obama needs another number.  This is his statement on Roe v. Wade.
  4. And another.  The Whitehouse agenda on Women’s Issues. (Let’s set aside the issue of the term “Women’s Issues” for the moment.)
  5. And his agenda on The Family.

And then, this:

  1. The CDC reports that teen pregnancy rates are rising.

Not surprising, of course, but not uplifting.  We still have much work to do.

For example, I couldn’t find anything about comprehensive sex education in Obama’s agenda.  What a complete and total bummer.  I’m hoping it’s one of those (many) things that’s still in the works and that abstinence-only-until-marriage-sex-education federal funding goes by the wayside soon and is replaced by comprehensive sexuality education that delves into the physical, the emotional, and the social issues around sexuality.

About Karen Rayne

Dr. Karen Rayne has been supporting parents and families since 2007 when she received her PhD in Educational Psychology. A specialist in child wellbeing, Dr. Rayne has spent much of her career supporting parents, teachers, and other adults who care for children and teenagers.

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  1. I encourage you, Dr Rayne, to continue to try to reach the White House with the important need for the change in policy on sexuality education. Tell them to google Adolescent Sexuality and they will see that you are a major player in the debate. Perhaps they will listen. They need to. Thanks for the work you do, it is so important to so many people.

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