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Giving birth on an airplane

I am about to drive to the Houston airport.  I am going there for personal reasons, but will now make the drive thinking about one 14-year-old Houston girl who was at the airport yesterday. The AP reports that this young teenager gave birth to a stillborn fetus in an airplane bathroom.  She put the fetus […]

Contraceptives

(Written by Guest Blogger JustAnotherTeen.)   Let’s face it, my girlfriend and I are far from the poster children of safer sex practices. Sure, we are not that bad, and try to use two forms of birth control, but no one could argue that they are the safest ways to go. When we first had […]

Biology

(Written by guest blogger Wendy Harlowe.)  First, again, please feel free to e-mail me privately at wendyharlowe@gmail.com if you don’t want to post comments here. I look forward to hearing from you. I’ve been gratified by the response to my first post, including comments and private e-mail correspondence. (Over the years I’ve worried about being […]

On teenage moms

I have been thinking a lot recently about teenage moms. I wasn’t a teenage mom myself – I was 21 when I got pregnant – but I looked like a teenager, and was often treated like a teenage mom. In other words, strangers felt they could make derisive comments about (a) my assumed inability to […]

Your questions, my answers! (Part 2)

(Written by guest blogger JustAnotherTeen.)  “You seem very open, honest, and liberal, but you depict your parents as fairly rigid and conservative. How much do you think your parents impacted who you are and how did they do that? I like the person you present yourself as and I sense that you like yourself as […]

My review of Juno

I loved Juno.  I thought it was a smart, interesting, and real portrayal of teenage pregnancy.  What struck me as surprising was that Juno is really a movie for adults about a teenager.  It’s more common to see movies about teenagers for teenagers. There are plenty of positive, even rave reviews of Juno.  Mostly the praise centers around fully-formed portrayals […]

Britney Spears’s sister’s teenage pregnancy

So Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant. At sixteen. She announced this apparently news-worthy information through OK! Magazine, and everyone from the Huffington Post to MTV feels compelled to weigh in on this one. So, I figured, why not me too? I mean, this is clearly the biggest teenage sex scandal of 2007 (given how close […]

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 […]

Juno and St. Nicholas

I am hopeful that the new movie Juno will be a good one. It’s about a teenage girl who gets pregnant – but it appears to deal with the subject with humor and at least a touch of realism. Watch the preview – click on “video” on the homepage. And happy Saint Nicholas Day!

Okay, so the US isn’t so bad after all

I’m actually, grudgingly, impressed. There are a fair number of US-based websites that provide good information about sex and sexuality to teenagers. What there is not is the plethora of organizations that provide actual services to teenagers (and younger children) like there is in England. (You can see my post from yesterday for more on […]