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The pedogogical decision to teach sex education

There has been a lot of talk recently about how Toronto teenagers want more sex education.  They’re asking for it all over the place, apparently, given the number of excited newspapers and blogs who are going on at length about it.  And don’t get me wrong – I am so glad that adults are listening […]

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 […]

We’re living in a changing landscape…

I have absented myself from blog reading of late.  Mostly it’s a time crunch thing, but I’ve realized that mostly I just need to cut down on the shear number of blogs I’ve been attempting – and failing – to read and just keep the really important ones.  But it’s hard.  Because there are, of […]

Dear President-elect Obama

Yesterday I wrote a letter to Obama talking about what I would like to see him do in his first 100 days in office.  You can write a letter too!  And I think you should. In fact, ask your kids if they want to write a letter too – most teenagers will be voting in […]

McCain and Obama on abortion

This is from last night’s presidential debate:

The 2007 GLSEN National School Climate Survey

[This post written by guest blogger JustAnotherTeen] We live in a world where more and more people are accepting of alternative lifestyles. Yet students who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender still report very similar amounts of harassment and negative effects in school as they did in 1999. Recently, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight […]

Students demanding sex ed

A particularly eloquent college student recently said to me something along the lines of, “I wish there was more sex education in schools, so there could be more safe, mind-blowing, toe-curling orgasms.”  Ah, youth and it’s optimism! I recently read about a group of Alaskan teenagers and young adults who want to increase sex education.  […]

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 […]

Racism and Relationships

[This post written by guest blogger JustAnotherTeen] I have just completed a summer program at the southeastern university that I will be attending starting next week. The program was a math refresher course for incoming freshmen, around 30 in total with four being a minority and four being female.  I have three suitemates, and since […]

Homosexuality

I learned this week that I have no patience for people who are anti-homosexual.  Part of the issue is that I just don’t get it.  I just don’t understand why one person would have such strong feelings as to be “anti-” two women or two men being in a loving, sexual relationship.  Why all the […]