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Identity in the online world, or Dr. Alice Dreger Live Tweeting Sex Ed

I’m sure that last week many of you followed the sex ed story of the week that went massively viral about @AliceDreger, the mother who live tweeted her son’s sex ed class. I first saw the story on Vox. This story was pretty fantastic, I have to admit. I followed along, read with the tweets. They […]

Condom Week: The KuKluxKlan, meth labs, and AK-47s

While we’re on the topic of condoms, I want to take a moment to address the issue of public perception. Sexuality education and sexual health are both often relegated to the back room of a red light district sex worker studio. Not that there’s anything wrong with the back room of a red light district […]

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 […]

Say No to Crazy, Yes to Legal Rights!

There is a video making the Internet rounds of a crazy woman giving an anti-LGBTQ rant at a Lincoln, Nebraska city council meeting.  And I assure you, it is well worth watching for the utter hilarity of figuring out how she ties together the television show Winter Wipeout, “orgyers,” Whitney Houston’s death, Hillary Clinton’s lesbian […]

Teaching about the media

There are many people talking loudly about how over-sexualized, inappropriate, highly suggestive the media is at all times and in all places.  This outreach tends to focus specifically on women and female representations.  There is currently a video making the rounds on Facebook and in other places stressing just these things, along with a discussion […]

The problem with photoshop

I’ve been talking a lot about media recently, so I’m just going to go with that and keep it up.  There is just so much to say on the topic that once I get going it’s hard to stop.  Last week I presented my new group of college students with their Sexuality in the Media […]

Sexaulity in the Media Wednesday!

This is the last of the SiM Wednesdays for a little while.  But it’s a really, really good one. This image comes from one of my online students.  She was looking at what the media portrays as beautiful.  She was annoyed by what she found – that most of the images of beauty look very […]

Dynamite by Taio Cruz

This song took much of my classroom attention last week. In each of my three college classes we watched the music video. Dynamite is a relatively well-known, currently popular song. Most of my college students had heard it, many of them had danced to it in the clubs. But only one or two had seen […]

Suicides and tears

Today was a very emotional day in my college class.  The topic was sexual orientation, which is generally a fun, thoughtful day where we pick apart the differences in ways of defining and understanding sexual attraction.  Today I raced us through that part of the class so I could devote a substantial portion to a […]

Yearbook Mayhem!!

Welcome to the end of the school year, when everyone from Kindergarten through High School is counting down the days or hours until they’re “Free, free!!!!”  If they’re a high school student living in Pflugerville, a little suburb north of Austin, however, they may also be trying to contend with some typical media-caused frenzy over […]