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When girls wear tuxes and boys wear heels

The Western world has been divided into male/female for many years.  This division is slowly dissolving, and not surprisingly it is our young people who are pushing this crusade. There’s a recent article in the New York Times called Can a Boy Wear a Skirt to School? It’s not a terrible article, although it does […]

More on hugs and teen culture

A couple of weeks ago I interviewed John Styn about his project Hug Nation.  One of  the points we talked about was how critical physical contact is to us humans – in particular how important hugging is. Then yesterday, the New York Times published an article on teenage hug culture: For Teenagers, Hello Means “How […]

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 […]

The 2007 GLSEN National School Climate Survey

[This post written by guest blogger JustAnotherTeen] We live in a world where more and more people are accepting of alternative lifestyles. Yet students who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender still report very similar amounts of harassment and negative effects in school as they did in 1999. Recently, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight […]

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 […]

Rumors, and the associated yuckiness

Okay, I am diverging from this week’s regularly scheduled blog posts again. I’ll have to return to them next week. Last night rumors swirled around a community of adults about one young woman’s theoretical, or rumored, sexual activities. It’s unclear how the rumors got started, or whether there is any truth to them. No one […]

Gender and Sexual Identity Development – part 1

I recently met the delightful 24-year-old Sarah Dopp. Sarah‘s understanding of gender and sexuality has developed over the years into a delicate balancing act between male and female, gay and straight. Sarah generously agreed to an interview to provide some insight into the path of defining sexuality when the standard road maps don’t make sense. […]

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 […]

Another Guest Blogger

(Written by guest blogger Wendy Harlowe.)  Dr. Rayne has kindly let me weigh in as a guest blogger for the few days while she is at the SXSW Interactive conference; she knows one of my favorite topics in life is sex! I think this blog is playing a crucial role in the needed discussion of […]

My Own (Bi-)Sexuality

(Written by guest blogger JustAnotherTeen.)  Hello again! Karen has graciously asked if I will write about once a month here, so this is my first regularly scheduled post. I will likely post on the first Monday of every month unless I have something that I urgently want to write about. If anyone has any questions […]