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Bodies and sex in the age of the profane

I just this morning opened a new book, Sacred Economics: Money, gift & society in the age of transition by Charles Eisenstein. (You can read the entire thing online, as well as watch a video that I haven’t watched yet, on that website.) Opening a new book like this – one that is outside of […]

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 […]

Summer school

My first college summer class teaching human sexuality starts today.  I’ve taught summer school before, but it’s generally been developmental psychology or educational psychology or one of those other topics I teach on occasion.  Experiencing a classroom that is focused on sex is just different than other topics, and so I wonder what this whip-lash […]

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 […]

This I Believe…

Thank you to everyone for your great comments about my This I Believe series. I really enjoyed reading your reactions, and I’ve changed some of what I wrote to incorporate your good ideas. I’ve posted the edited series permanently on it’s own page so new readers can see where I stand. If you didn’t read […]

Sex is not all bad. Even for teenagers. (Part 3 in 3)

Hello! And welcome to Part 3 in a 3-part series on: What I Think About Parents and Sex Education! On Tuesday I introduced the series, and today I’m talking about my third point: Sex is not all bad. Even for teenagers. In order to maintain credibility, parents have to acknowledge that fact. This is a […]

Everyone has sex. (Part 2 in 3)

Hello! And welcome to part 2 in a 3-part series on: What I Think About Parents and Sex Education! Today I’m talking about the second point that parents need to explicitly acknowledge: Everyone has sex. Not all teenagers. But all teenagers do need to learn the facts about sex. It’ll come in useful at some […]

Parents have to talk to their kids about sex (Part 1 in 3)

Hello! And welcome to Part 1 in a 3-part series on: What I Think About Parents and Sex Education! Yesterday I introduced the series, and today I’m talking about my first point: Parents have to talk to their kids about sex. Before the kids start asking. Because otherwise it’s too late. If you’re already ready […]