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Newsflash: Sex is good for you!

That’s a bit simplistic maybe, I could break it down and a few qualifiers, but right now I’m not going to. As an overarching aspect of the human experience, sex has the potential to be an incredibly positive and moving force in an individual’s life – in your life! I hope for each of my […]

From sea to shining sea, teenage girls are ignored, denegrated, impregnanted, and shielded from information

I gave my college students a test this week which included, among other things, questions covering basic anatomy and reproduction. Let’s kindly call some of their answers “surprising.” That is to say, they included words I had never heard of, biological processes that are unknown to life on Earth, and then just a few pieces […]

Sex with Mom and Dad (a guest post)

(The following is a guest post from a female college student who contacted me recently because she wants to work in the field of sex education. I asked if she would like to write occasionally for my blog, and she said yes.) When my parents gave me “the talk”, the first thing my mother said […]

Saying good-bye, and thank you, to a class

One of my middle school classes just ended about an hour ago. On these last class days, among other things, everyone gets a blank book and we all write notes to each other, the students, myself, and my co-teacher. Then we all hug, say good-bye, and go our separate ways. After spending fourteen weeks together […]

Doesn’t everybody know about sex?

“A college class about sex? Don’t they already know about it, then?” “I’ll just teach my kids everything they need to know.” “Parents should really be the ones to teach their kids about sex.” “So you think you can teach me something? Ha! So try then, try and tell me something I don’t know!” “We […]

How to do sex ed, NYC style

One of the most common questions I get from parents is how to start the conversation with their kids about sex. I was recently on a little vacation in New York City, and because I rarely take a mental vacation even if I’m taking a physical vacation, I took pictures of a few items of […]

Everyone needs some of this!

As my classes are wrapping up (two down, three still to go!), sometimes students write me parting letters.  One of my college students wrote me something that I think speaks very well to why I do this work and why it is so important.  When students receive a full and well-rounded sex education, they are […]

Sex Ed Subtlety

There is something about subtlety around adolescence and sexuality and sex education that I see as problematic in the culture of advice and guidance from professionals. I have had an experience of sitting in eight hours of talks from Dr. Sharon Maxwell this week.  I have heard from her that parents should look inward to […]

Taking the world by the lapels

Here at Casa de Karen, I do not have a television.  There are a few shows that I keep up with on my laptop, but this has its limitations and flaws.  One of these limitations is that I am at least a week behind in watching Glee.  So I had not seen last week’s episode […]

Yes, your middle schooler is really thinking about this!

I have two middle school sexuality classes running right now – one on Wednesday nights and one on Thursday nights. One of my classes was initially hesitant about jumping into the conversation – the other one leapt into deep conversation about the inherent nature of sexuality. Here are some of the topics and questions raised […]