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The problem with photoshop

I’ve been talking a lot about media recently, so I’m just going to go with that and keep it up.  There is just so much to say on the topic that once I get going it’s hard to stop.  Last week I presented my new group of college students with their Sexuality in the Media […]

My Dream Job and Changing Lives

A friend recently asked me if teaching sexuality education was my dream job. Indeed, it is. I feel I am able to offer students critical, life-saving information and support that is rare and so particularly important. I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to make a real difference, to offer real acceptance where it […]

What’s wrong with abstinence?

Nothing!  Abstinence is great.  In fact, we talk rather extensively about abstinence in all of my middle and high school sex ed classes.  It’s abstinence-only-until-marriage sex education that is the problem.  But while I can tell you this – and in fact, you may believe me – I think you’ll have more fun learning about […]

Webinar with Dr. Rayne on Teens, Sexuality, and Technology

Oh my goodness, I haven’t posted in months!  AND I stopped posting right in the middle of a conversation about virginity. I hope everyone will understand that this was a break of necessity – of my sanity, really.  I’ve been overcome with work, nothing bad at all, just too much.  Among other things, I have […]

How To Lose Your Virginity (And Maybe Reclaim the Other-V-Word While We’re At It)

The first book on virginity loss that I want to talk about is How To Lose Your Virginity (…and how not to) by Shawn Wickens. Shawn describes his book as: “shocking, humorous, dangerous, sweet, & scandalous stories of the first time taken from 1,000 face-to-face interviews.” Shawn presents pretty much exactly what he promises. I’m […]

What is the purpose of (sex) education

In his back-to-school speech yesterday, President Obama had this to say about education in general: But the truth is, an education is about more than getting into a good college or getting a good job when you graduate. It’s about giving each and every one of us the chance to fulfill our promise; to be […]

Video advice from a cartoon princess

I was going to write a post today about how I am starting a middle school sex ed class up this year and see if anyone was interested in joining us (Why do a big comprehensive sex ed unit in middle school?  See yesterday’s post for answers!) … but then I found the following.  And […]

Those pesky personal questions

There is an article in yesterday’s NYTimes called Q. Did you ever smoke pot? A. It’s Complicated, that is far better than I feared.  It’s about whether or not to tell a preteen or teenager about one’s own drug use – either as a doctor or as a parent.  Many of the same issues and […]

Yearbook Mayhem!!

Welcome to the end of the school year, when everyone from Kindergarten through High School is counting down the days or hours until they’re “Free, free!!!!”  If they’re a high school student living in Pflugerville, a little suburb north of Austin, however, they may also be trying to contend with some typical media-caused frenzy over […]

What does prevention mean?

A friend of mine with a 7th grade daughter and I were just talking on the phone, and as we were saying goodbye, she mentioned that her friends with 7th grade children have disparate views on what prevention means.  She didn’t have time to into what she meant, but wanted to save the conversation for […]