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Sex Ed Subtlety

There is something about subtlety around adolescence and sexuality and sex education that I see as problematic in the culture of advice and guidance from professionals. I have had an experience of sitting in eight hours of talks from Dr. Sharon Maxwell this week.  I have heard from her that parents should look inward to […]

Herpes – a complicated primer

When I tell people that I teach sex education, I often get a response along the lines of, “Well there isn’t really much to teach, is there?”  But the thing is, this content often IS complicated.  Perhaps at first glance the physical act of penile-vaginal intercourse is relatively straightforward, but many other things just aren’t.  […]

My sex ed magic wand

Today I have been pondering how to best provide high quality comprehensive sexuality education in a school setting.  If I could wave a magic wand and design a program for all young people, what would it look like?  Here is a general outline: I would provide a semester of sexuality education to all students in […]

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 […]

Dynamite by Taio Cruz

This song took much of my classroom attention last week. In each of my three college classes we watched the music video. Dynamite is a relatively well-known, currently popular song. Most of my college students had heard it, many of them had danced to it in the clubs. But only one or two had seen […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Summer school

My first college summer class teaching human sexuality starts today.  I’ve taught summer school before, but it’s generally been developmental psychology or educational psychology or one of those other topics I teach on occasion.  Experiencing a classroom that is focused on sex is just different than other topics, and so I wonder what this whip-lash […]

Ignoring what’s in front of you

When parents ignore what’s in front of them, they lose the chance to have meaningful conversations about choice with their teenagers.  Here’s an example (if you’re receiving this via e-mail or RSS, you’ll need to come back to my site to watch the video): What could the mom or the dad have said here – […]