How early is too early?

I am one of those people who is firmly in favor of contraception. I think it’s fantastic stuff, for me and other people. And I am absolutely clear about why: I think it’s great that women and men are able to engage in sexual activities without having babies, and I think it’s even greater that …

Evolution

This is a really fascinating video of a young woman being made up for a fashion shoot. It shows very nicely how much is involved in making a pretty normal person look like a model – digital enhancements and all.

This morning’s question from a Washington Post blog On Parenting by Stacy Garfinkle was: “How do you keep a 12- and 13-year-old girl away from junk food, cosmetics, alcohol, drugs and sex while under the influence of school, peers and TV?” There are a couple of talking points here. First, these are important topics to …

How about the sexualization of boys?

Much popular attention is given to the impact that our culture has on girls. But I wonder about the impact it has on boys? Boys certainly don’t escape cultural definition of what or how they should be. There is a pervasive cultural assumption that all adolescent boys want to have sex all the time – …

How to combat the sexualization of girls

The American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls recently released a report presenting all of the research on the topic. In addition to discussing the influences of sexualization (the media, our culture, girls and boys – all of which really can be traced back to the culture) and the repercussions of …

Have you had The Talk?

NPR had a piece on Morning Edition this morning which was produced through Youth Radio. Johanna Greenberg from Portland, Maine, presents her and her friends’ experiences (or lack thereof) talking about sex with their parents. One point I might disagree with her on: The car might be the right place for some parents to bring …

Politics of the HPV Vaccine (Gardasil)

This is such a big deal, and so controversial right now in Austin, Texas, I feel I have to weigh in on it. Here is what I’ve been able to glean from all of the propaganda that everyone on all sides of the issue has been throwing around: 1. The HPV vaccine protects against 3 …

What is sex, really?

I’ve talked with parents who have told me, “Oh, my teenager isn’t having sex, I know because I ask them.” One of the problems with parents asking this question and taking the answer at face value is that not everyone defines the word “sex” equally. Many teenagers understand sex the same way Bill Clinton did. …