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Who’s teaching my daughter?

My 14 year old daughter is in 8th grade…and that moment, as a sexuality educator and a parent, I had been waiting for for years finally arrived. I got THE LETTER. The one where the school district requests permission to teach my daughter sexuality education. So as all engaged parents should do, I requested to […]

Why we need sex ed now!

This is a great graphic!  And there is a special section all dedicated to Texas about half way down.

Abstinence-only funding GONE in 2010!

Bam.  My world just changed.  And so did the worlds of teenagers, preteens, and children across the country. Instead of abstinence-only, Obama’s 2010 budget puts $173 million into teen pregnancy prevention money.  Now, while this is great (GREAT!) news, it’s not quite what I was hoping for.  Preventing unwanted pregnancies (teen or otherwise) is only […]

Preventing HIV

RH Reality Check is a great organization that serves individuals and organizations committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights.  One way RH Reality Check does it’s great work is through a series of videos called Our Reality Video Series. For the moment, here is an interview with two women living with HIV. They […]

Palin and teenage pregnancy and…everything else

This weekend, John McCain announced that his running mate would be Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska.  It seems there has been little talk of anything else since that announcement…particularly since the announcement that Palin’s 17-year-old daughter is 5 months pregnant. There has been much written on the topic since the announcement, while I was away […]

McCain Women’s Clinic

McCain Women’s Clinic

Sex Ed vs. Drivers’s Ed

Another of the on-going and always-funny comparisons between sex-ed and drivers-ed. Because, as we all know, everyone ends up with a lisence at the end of both. And of course I love Zits.

On pre-marital sex, morals, and abuse

My long-time, very dear friend Alice Fielding kindly agreed to share her experience around sexuality education and her evolving thoughts on pre-marital sex. She’ll be following the comments on this post, so feel free to engage her in conversation though your comments. _______________________________ The only sex talk I ever got from my parents took place […]

Virginity, Virgin, Virginal, Are you…?

I have been thinking a lot about virginity recently. A sex ed teacher recently asked me how I would respond to a 6th grade girl who asked for the definition of “virgin.” Does “virgin” apply to those who have done a wide range of sexual activities, but have not engaged in penile-vaginal intercourse? Or can […]

Fabulously Funny

(With thanks to the Virtual Mystery Tour for the heads-up on this one!)