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Very old and very new books

Two things have come together in my mind in this most amazing way. First, I have an office space all of my very own! My excitement about this is hard to overstate. And so that you can join me in this, here’s a picture: As I moved all of my office things from my living room into […]


This is my beginning post: updated frequently with information about my recent and upcoming work. Check back frequently to stay up to date with my training and teaching schedule! Are you a new reader? Scroll down to read my thoughts as a sex educator. Are you a returning reader? Stay here for a second to […]

This little thing called rights

People often ask me how I got into the field – sex education is a pretty fascinating topic from many angles. I even have an e-book coming out this year that will tell many sex educators’ stories of their entrance into the field. But after a conversation with Heather Corinna yesterday, I wanted to write […]

Website upgrades coming soon!

Actually, given that I’m currently running the National Sex Ed Conference, it might be a few weeks into 2014 before things really get started here, but changes are coming and I am very excited about them. The changes you’ll see at KarenRayne.com in the coming months will be focused on a shift away from the […]


**Editor’s note: I have a comprehensive sex ed class for middle school students starting in Austin soon!  If you’re local, or local enough, that you’re interested, drop me an e-mail (karen.rayne@gmail.com), and we’ll talk!** The new year starts with new resolutions!  This year I have decided to have three resolutions, and if I accomplish one […]

What is it that I do best?

As I prepare for another round of middle school and parent classes in the spring, return to working on editing my book for publication sometime in 2012, and look to expand my speaking work both in Austin and around the country, I am considering how to market myself.  Part of this process is understanding why […]

My purple hair

I don’t think I’ve mentioned in this space that I dyed my hair purple about six months ago.  I hadn’t ever dyed my hair before, and I thought it would be fun.  So away I went!  Bleach first, then a luscious dark purple.  The purple is in a crown around my hairline – the majority […]

Who should do the sex education?

The parents. I want to make it very, very clear that I strongly believe that the parents are the first and primary sex educators for their children, and in an ideal world would continue to be the primary sexuality educators through adolescence.  Most of what I do is help parents learn how to be open […]

Today’s ruminations on age

“How old ARE you??” “You have KIDS??” “Wow, I never would have guessed.” At this International Women’s conference, they have decided to group youth (high school) and young adults (19 through 35 years old) together into a social group they call YAYAs (Youth And Young Adults).  This means that I am technically a young adult, […]

I am at the ICUUW Conference

Yesterday I arrived in Houston for the International Convocation of Unitarian Universalist Women (ICUUW).  I am delighted to be here with 550 or so other Unitarian Universalist women, talking about how to improve the lives of women around the world.  On Saturday I will be presenting about how and why to increase the intergenerational conversations […]