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Condom Week: Buying condoms with teenagers

I know I’m not the only one out there doing this. But I know that most young people don’t ever access contraception until they need it – right then! That’s not a time or a place to try and do something as different and unusual and potentially scary as buying condoms. I take groups of, […]

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 […]

Condom Week: When hands-on is called for

Being a sex educator with my face and my e-mail address out on the Internet sometimes means I get crazy notes from people. Last week I got a Facebook message that said this: “I want to practice sex with a female on the camera and gave him $ 500 to send the amount by Mister Naonio […]

Condom Week: Debunking myths in the classroom

I’ve decided that it’s Condom Week around here at Unhushed. Melissa White over at Lucky Bloke recently asked if I wanted to provide content for her new safer sex education website, and of course I was delighted! But when I went back to look through my blogging archives (both here and at www.unhushed.net/blog), I found that I […]

Can we learn from a place of power?

This weekend I had a conversation about education and classroom dynamics. In it, I said: We need to remember that students will have a wide range of reactions to any curricula or activities we bring to the classroom. There will always be some who are not drawn into an activity and others who love it. […]

My new website!

I am so excited to announce the launch of new website: If you are receiving this via e-mail or a reader, please register to receive my blog posts via Unhushed. I will be moving much of the content from here to there over the next few months and re-organizing this space to be focused on […]

Parents: Children’s Primary Sexual (Violence) Educators

I recently wrote an article for Partners in Social Change, the publication from the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs that addresses how parents can most effectively talk with their youth about sexual violence. Here is a clip from my article: “Parents have a unique position in their teenagers’ lives. They have daily access to […]

Sexual Identity, Race, and Gender: The Evolution of Equality

Thanks, Upworthy, for pointing me in the direction of this infographic from Daily Infographic. It puts many things in context. (While, of course, leaving out others, but on the balance I like it.)

Gender v. Sexual Orientation: a short primer

Several weeks ago I had a guest author write about how to talk with your kids about sexual orientation. While I loved much of what Wesley said in her post, I was a little concerned about the way she treated gender and sexual orientation. Because this is a common point of misunderstanding, I want to […]

What happens when you take the sex out of sexuality education

I recently attended the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy’s annual conference and learned all sorts of interesting things and had great conversations with lots of people! Several of the sessions I attended were about language and how to discuss sexuality education in ways that calms people’s nerves, opens them up to further conversation, and […]