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“I had an abortion.”

One of the recent belly pictures I put up was of a woman had an abortion.  Her picture included a bit of personal jewelry that she asked me to take out for privacy reasons – she was concerned her young teenage son might see the picture and wasn’t sure she was ready for him to […]

On Balance

I took last week off, not just from blogging but also from e-mail, grading, presentation planning, and everything else save my personal life.  It was lovely. I spent time with my husband, our two daughters, and our extended families and friends.  We sang Christmas carols, went to a Trail of Lights, cooked and ate fabulous […]

When maybe means…?

Last March I wrote a post about preventing rape through sex education.  It just got a new comment, so I went back and read my way through it again. I recently used the story I described in that post of a date rape told from two very different perspectives in a college classroom.  We had […]

Staying interested

The other day the illustrious Paul Sunstone left the following comment on this post: One of the challenges that I’ve found when talking with teens is boredom on my part. At first, that might sound counter-intuitive, Karen. After all, our sexuality is so important to us that it might be hard to imagine someone could […]


Here are some questions I’ve recently been asked: What exactly happens to your body during an orgasm? When a woman gets pregnant, is the orgasm that happens during sex what stops the woman from having her period when she’s pregnant? Why is it that when boys do gay things like gymnastics or ice-skating people call […]

Short advice for parents: How to make decisions

My friend and colleague Laura Olson came and spoke to my Child Development class on Monday.  Within her two hour (very informative and fun) lecture, was this gem: Birth to seven years old: Parents make the decisions. Seven to fourteen years old: Parents listen to the child, then make the decision. Fourteen years old through […]

Why sex education? Why now?

What do your kids know about sex? It’s often hard to say, particularly around those middle school years and the first years of high school.  Much before that, and as a parent you can assume that they’ve learned everything they know either from you, their school, or some other place that you’re aware of.  Towards […]