Sex Ed
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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 […]

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 […]

Top 10 Things We Learned from 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 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 […]

Comment of the Week: The Sex Ed Teacher Blues

photo by our “wise guy” Figleaf I have the privilege of teaching sex ed to my sixth graders.  However, there are so many limitations to what I can tell my kids.  It can be SO frustrating.  I am deeply spiritual and a devout Christian but I have no intention of forcing my beliefs on my […]

Personal Essays
The Virgin Diaries: All I Really Needed to Know I Learned from Porn

Our contributor Katherine Chen, an English major at Princeton University (check out her personal site here), is penning a series of confessions for collectively called “The Virgin Diaries.” In her first installment, she wrote about how her sex education began (hint: poorly). Here she elaborates on how it improved: My first porn video: A […]

Personal Essays
The Virgin Diaries: “Becoming a Woman” Sucked

photo by krossbow 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 collectively called “The Virgin Diaries.” Here’s her first installment: At ten years old, I was an early receiver of Mother Nature’s red-ribbon gift for women. […]

Stop Funding for Abstinence-Only Programs Now!

feminist majority T Tomorrow, July 8th, the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (Labor HHS) will be considering funding for the fiscal year 2010. Email the Labor HHS Subcommittee and Call Chairman David Obey, (D-WI-7), at 202-225-3365 and tell them that failed abstinence-only sex education programs must not be […]

Dear Em & Lo
Dear Em & Lo: How Do I Deal with People Who Confuse Sex Educators with "Sluts"?

photo by soundfromwayout Dear Em & Lo, I’m a student activist/organizer at my university, and I’m involved with a student peer-education group (Sexual Health Awareness Peer Educators), as well as Students for Choice.  While I enjoy talking about sex, and many aspects of it, especially on a political basis (e.g. how can we support HR […]

Sex Ed, Obama Style: We Can't Hardly Wait!

photo collage by Lew57 There are a million and one reasons we’re giddy with excitement that Obama takes office today, and here’s just one: We are so ready to kiss abstinence-only sex education goodbye. Or at least, the federal funding for it. We know there’s no guarantee that Obama will turn off the faucet on […]