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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 […]

It is not your fault

One of my best friends is named Alice.  She is an amazingly strong, beautiful woman.  Years ago – just out of college – she was in an abusive relationship.  Part of Alice’s healing process has included ongoing writing about her experience.  The following is something she wrote recently, and gave me permission to post here. […]

Musings on vacations and flings…

Welcome to summer, time of vacations and summer flings!  I was on vacation in Florida with friends (hence, no post for a stupidly long time).  I ended up talking with the three other adults who I went with about our experiences as teenagers on vacation.  Our experiences ran the gamut – from flings on every […]

Say “No.” But nicely.

On of the activities I do with my middle school students is have them role-play saying “No” to sexual advances and requests for a date.  I do this not because I think they are in the thick of needing to say no to would-be-suitors and would-be-sexual partners, but because they will eventually be in the […]

Top Ten Things To Do Before You Have Sex: A list for teenagers

This is actually an old post.  But I have had many requests for it again recently, and so thought it was worth bumping back up to the front for a day.  And yes, this is something to show your teenagers if you think they’re thinking about starting to – or have already started – having […]

On the incomplete sexual revolution and non-monogomy

I am, as you may remember, an editor for the Personal section of Blog Nosh Magazine. It’s great fun, mostly because I get to peruse old posts on great blogs and call it work. We take old posts that have fallen off the front page of other blogs and re-post them on Blog Nosh in […]

The Transition from High School to College

May blog This post is written by guest blogger JustAnotherTeen The transition from high school to college can be a difficult one for both parents and teenagers. Although my transition will not be nearly the same since I have essentially lived in a supervised college setting for the last three years, I can understand the […]

Sex as a responsibility – Part 3

Last week I wrote the first and the second parts of this series. I apologize for the longer-than-planned interlude before this, the third part! Here is my position: Having sex with another person is a privilege, and with privilege comes responsibility. Hence, having sex with another person necessitates a level of responsibility both to that […]

Gender and Sexual Identity Development – part 2

Yesterday I posted the first half of my interview with Sarah Dopp about her gender and sexual identity. We spoke about how she defines herself and how that has developed through her life and within her social networks. Today we talk about family. ___________________________ KR: Have you talked with your parents about your gender and […]

Does age difference matter?

Several weeks ago a young woman contacted me. With her permission, I am posting her question: Karen, there is this guy I like a lot and I think he likes me a lot. We work together and I really enjoy hanging out with him. I want to ask him out on a date since he […]