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How to respond when your kid/teen views varsity level porn

Last week I asked that parents send me questions that they had about adolescent sexuality or their children (or themselves) specifically.  Below is my favorite question so far.  If you have a question that you haven’t sent in yet, don’t hesitate to e-mail me or leave it in the comments section below. HERE’S A QUESTION […]

Sexting, take two

Yesterday I wrote about sexting, in the original, text-based sense.  Today I get into those terribly troubled waters when teenagers send sexual images – either stills or video – of themselves. I’m hesitant to write about this topic, which is perhaps telling in and of itself.  I write about a lot of controversial issues (like […]

Abortion, Porn, and Other Generally Bad News

This week has not been an uplifting one for those looking for progressive and women-friendly laws about sex. And frankly, I don’t have quite the energy to rage. Instead, here are the words of others: RH Reality Check talks about how anti-abortion groups are subtly shifting their focus from narrowly protesting abortion to widely protesting […]

Jock Sturges: artist or pornographer?

As long as we’re talking about the line between appropriate and inappropriate adolescent sexuality, I thought I would bring up Jock Sturges. There is much controversy about Jock Sturges‘ photography. Mr. Sturges primarily takes pictures of nude adolescent girls on nude beaches. The contention is whether or not Mr. Sturges’ pictures are nude art or […]

Peeping Tom or child porn?

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that a man taking a picture up the inside of a 16-year-old girl’s skirt in public is not illegal.  How is this even possible?  Apparently he was charged as a Peeping Tom – and apparently that law only applies to places where someone can reasonably claim privacy – […]

Your questions, my answers! (Part 1)

(Written by guest blogger JustAnotherTeen.)  Although this post was originally supposed to be for Friday, I got so many good questions on Wednesday that I did not feel they would all fit in one post. That said, I am still open to more questions for the rest of today or until about 10 PM Eastern […]

Who needs porn?

A mother recently asked me if teenage boys need pornography – whether that visual stimulation is really, really important to them and their sexual development. My answer? No. Teenage boys do not need porn. They may want porn. They may seek out porn. They may be fascinated by porn. All of these things are really, […]

Interview with Robert Jensen

Last Thursday morning I had the pleasure of speaking with Robert Jensen about pornography and raising kids in a sexually saturated society. I have mentioned Jensen’s newest book on pornography in a previous post. Several articles he’s written are on his website. What is a brief description of how you see porn? When you look […]

Pornography and Adolescents

Dear Readers, I know that some of you have very strong, emotional reactions to pornography. I describe one pornographic image in the third paragraph. In my last paragraph, I ask for your comments on and personal experience with porn. This post is in preparation for my interview on Thursday with Robert Jensen, author of Getting […]

Rape, pornography, and adolescent sexuality

I am currently working on several posts about the seedier side of sexuality. The first is about the recent article in the New York Times Magazine about adolescent sex offenders. (To be clear, these are teenagers or pre-teenagers who have engaged in sexual behavior with children who are at least two years younger than they […]