sexeducation 

Hello Barack Obama, Goodbye Abstinence?

After years of not working -- can you say Bristol? -- it looks like abstinence-only education may be on its way out in favor of a more comprehensive curriculum which would include (accurate) information about contraception -- you know, just in case t...

No sex on billboards - Bonking okay

Most parents want to be the ones to decide when their children learn about certain things in life. When they feel the time is right, they will talk to them about sex, drugs, whatever. But sometimes those conversations are forced upon a parent by the ...

Pre-school sex ed

At four years old, my daughter knows what a penis is and (more or less) that it's something that boys have. After all, she has two brothers and a dad, so it's not like she hasn't seen one before. According to the Brook Advisory Centres and the Family...

Teenage myths about sex and HIV

If you happen to see your teenager drinking bleach, you might have more to worry about once you get off the phone with poison control. It seems that teens in Florida believe that drinking a capfull of bleach will prevent HIV. As if that weren't enoug...

Kate Walsh speaks out on sex education

Citing recent research that found that one in four young women are infected with an STD, Kate Walsh is pushing Congress for better funding for sex education. Walsh sits on Planned Parenthood's board of advocates and she's letting lawmakers know that ...

Teen births on the rise in U.S.

Back in July, the National Center for Health Statistics reported that based on 2005 numbers, the teen birthrate in the U.S. was lower than it had ever been. Now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released numbers for the period ...

Waiting for sex -- not good either

I don't think anyone will read this and decide we need to add sex to the high school curriculum (well, except maybe high school students), but it is an interesting finding. A new study shows that those who wait before becoming sexually active are mor...

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...

Helen Mirren: 'Childbirth digusts me'

A good friend of mine says she knew at a young age that she never wanted to be a mother. Of course, everyone told her that her feelings would change as she grew older, but they were wrong. She just celebrated her 50th birthday and has no regrets that...

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...

Teaching the facts of life

A few days ago, When my friend Jenn told me she was pregnant with her third child, I was really excited and couldn't wait to tell Ellie. Jenn's oldest daughter and Ellie play together almost daily and I knew that she would be excited as well. Before ...

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...

Fewer teens becoming parents

How are America's kids doing? According to National Center for Health Statistics, they are doing very well, thank you. Fewer teens are having sex and those who are doing it, are using condoms. As a result, the teen birthrate is lower than it has ever...

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