sex ed 

Scientists tell congress to just say no to abstinence-only education

Ten top researchers in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health recently sent a letter to members of congress calling for an end to government funding and support for abstinence-only education. The scientists note that "by design, absti...

Talking with kids about sex

The closest my parents ever got to explaining sex to me was after they found out that I had been getting beaten up after school in fourth grade by the eighth-grade boyfriend of a girl who claimed I had called her (or her mom? I forget) a "ho". I didn...

Abstinence education still doesn't work

A team of researchers from Oxford University has determined (again) that abstinence-only education doesn't work. At least, it doesn't work if the goal is to prevent kids from having sex or to prevent kids from getting pregnant or pretty much anything...

Teen sex rates level off

In the 90's, the numbers of teenagers having sex declined steadily. Maybe it was the whole grunge music thing. Maybe it was the debut of the Simpsons. Who knows. We know it wasn't due to abstinence-only education. And yet, the government has been pum...

Spider-Man teams up with Planned Parenthood

I just can't get over all the amazing ways educators tried to make sex ed cool in previous decades (probably because the sex education I received in school was boring and pointless). I've written before about efforts by the Fonz and the Mario Bros (b...

Nintendo sex education

At first I assumed this video was an elaborate hoax -- just because it's so corny. But if you watch it all the way through, you'll find that Mario and Luigi actually give accurate information about puberty and human reproduction, and some fairly so...

Sex is okay for older teens?

Those who advocate abstinence-only education for teenagers argue that young people who engage in sexual activity suffer harmful emotional consequences. But a new analysis finds that risk may only apply to those under 15 years of age, who are usually ...

Weird new sex ed approach on UK TV

Sex education in schools is a hotly contested topic amongst parents. Some believe that only abstinence can protect their child from disease and early pregnancy, while others think that asking teens not to have sex is merely railing against the wind. ...

Abstinence-only sex ed programs pretty much lying about condom info

Despite the fact that the government spends $176 million a year on programs that "educate" kids with the idea that sex is only safe for straight married people, numerous studies have shown that these initiatives have been overwhelmingly ineffective. ...

Critical Conversations: Sex Education

No, don't get too excited. I am not going to talk about the fifth graders who decided to have sex when left unsupervised for fifteen minutes. Though, at some point, I might. No, the topic for today, Boys and Girls, is Sex Education in the schools. I...

Pregnant teens: A growing trend?

A pregnant British teen has come out saying that she feels that getting pregnant is the newest "trend." Much like wanting the newest designer purse or shoes, some teenage girls feel that sporting the "baby bump" is the cool thing to do. Who knew that...

We all have sex before marriage

While social conservatives continue touting "abstinence only" sex education, a study based in the real world recently proved what we've pretty much known all along: nearly everyone has sex before they're married. This isn't a sign of recent moral dec...

Few favour abstinence education

Did you know that the American federal government gives around $ 170 million dollars every year to states and community groups to preach the "Just Say No" brand of sex education? I didn't! That's a lot of money that could be going toward condoms and ...

Cleveland kindergarteners to receive sex education

I remember my first sex ed class. I was in eighth grade and the teacher was this former professional boxer with a broken nose, a cauliflower ear and a speech impediment. He was awesome. The class, however, was kind of confusing. All we did was watch ...

Sex ed may delay teen sex?

Researchers report that a a two week sexual education program was successful in encouraging pre-teens to hold off on sex for the first time. A study in Texas found that after the program, 87 percent of middle school students said they would delay se...

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