What if we admitted to children that sex is primarily about pleasure?
I realized why my son was confused. He was thinking “accidentally getting pregnant” was like accidentally burning yourself because you didn’t realize the stove was on. “Sweetie,” I explained, “most of the time that people have sex, they’re not having it to have a baby. They’re having it because it feels good. So you can get accidentally pregnant if you’re having sex for pleasure and you don’t use effective birth control.”
The consequences of talking honestly with children about sex, by Alice Dreger
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Evangelical Abstinence-Only speaker Pam Stenzel
speaks at George Washington High School in West Virginia. Feeling that Ms. Stenzels rally included a lot of intentional untruths, Student Body Vice President Katelyn Campbell
protested the rally. Principal George Aulenbacher
retaliated, threatening to report Katelyn to the college she had been admitted to as a student of "bad character." The school in question, Wellesley
From Martha Kemper at RH Reality Check, Vaginas Are Sperm Depositories and Other Scary Things About the State of New York's Sex Ed Curricula
, a commentary on the New York Civil Liberties Union's recent report on the state of health education and sex ed in schools in New York state. [more inside]
A museum exhibit called Sex: A Tell-All Exhibition is drawing controversy.
After running in Montreal
with no complaints, the exhibit was criticised by the Heritage Minister when it came to Ottawa for being too lurid and being outside the mandate of the Science and Technology Museum
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A new study
of middle schoolers found for the first time that abstinence-only education
can help to delay [the students'] sexual initiation
. While the evaluation adds important new information
to the question of “what works” in sex education, the evaluated program was not a rigid "abstinence-only-until-marriage" program
of the type that, until this year, received significant federal funding, leaving intact existing evidence that abstinence-only-until-marriage programming that met previous federal guidelines is ineffective
Let's Talk About Sex.
Challenging the convention that Americans are reluctant to have sexual health issues taught in school, the surveys
show that most parents, along with educators and students themselves, would expand sexual education courses and curriculum.
In the meantime, some churches
are offering their own curriculum
, based on guidelines
developed by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.
"Some Florida teens believe drinking Mountain Dew or smoking marijuana will prevent pregnancy and that swallowing a capful of bleach will prevent HIV/AIDS."*
As a result, lawmakers are pushing "for an overhaul of sex education in the state. State lawmakers said the myths are spreading because of Florida's abstinence-only sex education
"On Tuesday, a bill that would 'require a more comprehensive approach' to sex education narrowly won approval from a state Senate committee."*
Christian sex ed recordings from the 1940's
are delightful - a few choice tracks pulled in mp3 format. I expect to hear some of these lines sampled into techno tracks and pronto.
Teens, sex, and power of parents
How did you "discover" sex? from mom? school? Or the pals down the block?
"It feels like a warm, wet vagina."
A mandatory "sex orientation" for students at Dartmouth College. The administration claims it was educational. Students who attended aren't so sure. Is this sort of thing common elsewhere?
More Bush Bashing
Do we really want tweens turning to the internet
for their sex ed answers
. Seems to me after the recent MeFi post on UK kid's misconceptions, the dollars could have been spent on reality, rather than Bush's archaic ideals.
Bush's Surgeon General Advises Common Sense Approach to Sex Ed.
Be still my heart - the SG swims against the abstinence currents and addresses sex education with rational and realistic guidelines.
Government gives money only to Sex Ed programs that teach not to have sex at all.
Very disturbing article. Basically the teachers teach abstinence. No words about STDs or even contraception; or they'll lose their money.