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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 […]

Comprehensive sex education has gone mainstream!

Last week, Time Magazine published an article called How to Bring An End to the War Over Sex Ed.  The short answer?  Actually teach sex ed!  Among other lovely points, Time points out that: We now have a pretty good sense of which sex-education approaches work. Substantial research–including a 2007 Bush Administration report–has concluded that […]

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 […]


Recently I wrote about first masturbation experiences – and how little we really know about how and when people start masturbating.  This has naturally led me to thinking about first orgasms, and by extention I’ve been reading about orgasms in general. But as with first masturbation experiences, I really have more questions about first orgasms […]

Research on Masturbation

I have three questions to answer: Typical age of masturbation onset (by gender). Typical age of orgasm/ejaculatory onset (by gender). Typical age of highest masturbation frequency (by gender). So what’s up with the relative lack of research on this topic? (Yes, that was a rhetorical question, for you smart-alecks in the peanut gallery.) Here’s what […]

Guttmacher Instutite Research on Adolescent Sexuality Trends Analyzed by Me!

Yesterday’s big news was the new Guttmacher Institute study that suggests teenagers are not using oral sex as a way to stay “technically still a virgin.” Rather, it says that teenagers who are engaging in oral sex are by-and-large also engaging in vaginal intercourse. I must admit – I am rather surprised by this finding.  […]

What Every 21st-Century Parent Needs to Know, by Rev. Debra Haffner

Take a deep breath, folks, because I’m about to tell you about a book that is not going to shock or amaze you with the horrors of raising children or teenagers in today’s world. Rather, I am going to tell you about a book that endeavors to calm the frenzy that the media has whipped […]


(Written by guest blogger JustAnotherTeen.) My guest blog for this month will be about 4parents.gov. I found this website through a commercial (they are all on their site) and I must say, it kind of disturbed me. On the about us page, they said this: “4Parents.gov is part of a national public education campaign to […]

What a boy wants

Conventional wisdom suggests that teenage boys have one thing on their minds. And it’s not history class. Statistics that support this theory abound: Teenage boys have testosterone surges multiple times a day. Teenage boys think about sex an average of every 28 seconds. The theories go on. A study was recently published in the Journal […]

More teenagers giving birth! Ack! Run around like a chicken with your head cut off! Ack!

So the liberal blog-o-sphere is simply agog with the CDC announcement that the adolescent birth rate has risen for the first time in fourteen years (it had been steadily falling). Bush’s abstinence-only “sex education” policy has been taken to the cleaners with this announcement. Here’s a quote from the CDC announcement that I think sums […]