Sex Ed
Pop Culture
Talking Shit (& Other Kinky Stuff) with Sex Educator Jamye Waxman

We and Jamye Waxman go way back. We all got into the sex writing biz long before every college paper had its own sex column. Which is ancient in Internet years. And yet we’re all still so fresh-faced! Jamye is our kind of colleague: frank, feminist, and funny. So we were thrilled when she wanted […]

News
Do Spoiled Children Grow Up to Be Bad Sex Partners?

Is it possible that bad parenting could lead to bad sex? Could spoiled and selfish kids grow up to be spoiled and selfish bed partners? A recent article and book review in The New Yorker, “Why are American kids so spoiled?” got us thinking along these lines. The basic question that journalist Elizabeth Kolbert wants to answer […]

News
What If Your Sex Ed Teacher Wanted You to Enjoy Sex?

photo via NYTimes.com We were big fans of Laurie Abraham’s even before she stopped by our book club recently and drank red wine with us while we interrogated her about her book, The Husbands and Wives Club: A Year in the Life of a Couples’ Therapy Group. She’s a smart and thoughtful (and funny) writer […]

News
What the Dutch Can Teach Us About Sex

photo via flickr And no, we’re not talking about the relative appeal of sex in clogs. We have long sung the praises of Holland’s approach to sex — and, in particular, its approach to sex education. Because Holland has results that we can all agree are worth aspiring to (even bat-shit-crazy Michele Bachmann): The teen […]

News
Rick Perry on Abstinence-Only Education

The more we hear about Rick “Hair Helmet” Perry, the more frightened we get. Check out this YouTube clip where he struggles to answer a legitimate question: why does Texas continue to teach abstinence-only programs when they don’t work, since Texas has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the nation? You’ll get serious […]

Vids
How Mr. Condom Made Thailand a Better Place

photo from Getty Images We’ve got our TiVo hooked up to get the latest Ted Talks on our TV, so we were delighted to find Mechai Viravaidya’s presentation “How Mr. Condom Made Thailand a Better Place” in our “Now Playing” list recently. Viravaidya is an eloquent and funny speaker, which alone makes it worth watching […]

Pop Culture
Books: Our Bodies, Our Junk

You wait your whole life for a book making fun of hippie seventies sex manuals and then, boom, two come along in a month — what are the odds? But only one of them includes the top five pastry-related euphemisms for female genitalia, and only one of them includes a suggested list of effective safe […]

News
Sex Ed Video Game Is Almost a Really Good Idea

Okay, we admit it: When we first read about an abstinence video game in development down in Florida, we were ready to jump all over what a ridiculous idea it was. As if abstinence-only education needed to be removed even further from reality! As if abstinence-only education really deserved another $434,000 federal dollars! Etc. But when […]

Personal Essays
The Virgin Diaries – How Video Games Taught Me What Sexy Is

Our contributor Katherine Chen, who is a sophomore English major at Princeton University (check out her personal site here), is penning a series of confessions for EMandLO.com collectively called “The Virgin Diaries.” Here’s her fourth installment: From the moment I spotted her sitting on a shelf at a local Best Buy, I knew I wanted […]

Personal Essays
Confession: Synagogue Sex Ed

photo by Lawrie Cate A college-student contributor friend of ours, who wishes to remain anonymous, has a confession to make: Before my freshman year of high school, I didn’t know much more about sex than the basic mechanics. Insert tab A into slot B and, voila, you have a baby and/or an STD. This was […]

TV
Get the Best TV Show About Sex – Ever! – on DVD

SEX: How to Do Everything Our 10-part television series, SEX: How to Do Everything, is now available on DVD! Each show tackles a specific topic (seduction, oral sex, kink, etc) with tips, on-the-street & in-studio interviews, silly segments like our confessional booth in the middle Times Square, and how-to demonstrations from various models illustrating a […]

Dear Em & Lo
Dear Em & Lo: Should I Teach My Goddaughter Sex Ed?

photo by our “wise guy” Figleaf Dear Em & Lo, My goddaughter has reached the age where sexual exploration is something she might be considering delving into (if she hasn’t already). I’m not sure how to approach the issue of birth control with her. If she is wanting to have, or already is having sex […]

Personal Essays
My New Sex Ed Teacher: Mom

A contributor friend of ours, who wishes to remain anonymous, has a confession to make: Until about a year ago, my mother was always very close-minded about sex. I never had “the talk” with either of my parents, and I learned about intercourse and other modes of love making via fellow classmates, porn, and the […]

Research
NOW Can We Give Up Abstinence-Only Programs?

photo by Marina(im.back) You might have seen the headlines this week that read “Rise in Teen Pregnancy Rates.” Of course what’s missing from that title is the fact that these are not real-time figures they’re talking about. The 3% rise in teen pregnancies among 15-to-19-year-olds increased between 2005 and 2006 — the first jump since […]

Confessions
Top 10 Things We Learned from EMandLO.com Commenters This Year

Size doesn’t matter. Skills do. The Nuva Ring is one of the most confusing birth control methods out there. (Either that, or EMandLO.com was the only place online in 2009 giving out decent info on it.) If you want support for your cheating ways, don’t come here. A lot of straight guys are into a […]