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The Declaration of Sexual Rights

My last two posts have been somewhat negative – or rather me complaining about the vast seas of incompetence and ignorance out there.  So I sat down to write this morning determined that it be positive.  So follow me through my train of thought and we’ll take a nice little ride together. First, this YouTube […]


This morning a fellow teacher who, according to his degrees and professional standing, appears competent to do research, perform statistical analysis of the output, and make balanced statements about populations made such an outrageous statement to me that I am still having a hard time comprehending it.  He said: “Fat women all hate prostitutes.  The […]

On the Glamour parade

I wrote a reaction over on The Belly Project about Glamour magazine’s article and accompanying photo spread with “plus-sized” models. Glamour’s rather self-righteous tone and the plethora of too-excited, supposed-society-exploding headlines were all getting to me. The one really good thing to come out of Glamour’s photo shoot? This really beautiful picture: (Please ignore the […]

That secretive, nebulous, other sex

I recently went over physiology and anatomy with my college students.  Afterward, one of the young men thanked me.  He was clear and direct: “Thank you for teaching me what is inside a girl’s body.  I never knew, but I really wanted to know.  It’s always been a mystery to me how things happen up […]

Dancing through body image

I was contacted today by an amazing group: PURE: Public Urban Ritual Experiment.  They have an upcoming show, where the dancers reflect on their body image as it developed over their life spans.  It sounds completely amazing, and if anyone wants to fly me to New York next weekend, I am totally there.  If you […]


If you follow me on Twitter, you know I spent a few weeks this summer in Germany with my two kids visiting my mother.  It was a lovely vacation. Here are some things I noticed that struck me as very different from America, and of interest in this space: Swimming (or Comfort with bodies and […]

What does your body really look like?

I have heard from far too many parents that their teenagers don’t seem to know what their bodies really look like.  They are hypercritical, obsessive, and emotional.  They say things like, “I’m so fat” and “I wish I looked more like…” and they wince in the mirror.  The parents who bring this particular issue to […]

Sexuality in the Media – part 3

On Wednesday I described an assignment I give to my college Human Sexuality students where they create a media image that incorporates positive sexuality.  I am posting three best projects from my class this semester.  On Wednesday, I posted about the blog Avant Garde Bodies, yesterday I put up sexy advertisements that showed real women’s […]

Why we link sex and menstruation

Yesterday someone commented on an earlier post called Making menstruation personal again.  Here is what she (or he) said: I find the “medicalization” of menstruation abhorrent, but I disagree that “menstruation is one of the first parts of teaching young women about sex and sexuality.” Of course sex ed is really important, but I think […]

Top Ten Things To Do Before You Have Sex: A list for teenagers

This is actually an old post.  But I have had many requests for it again recently, and so thought it was worth bumping back up to the front for a day.  And yes, this is something to show your teenagers if you think they’re thinking about starting to – or have already started – having […]