Posts tagged "abstinence only education"

Frisky Q&A: Therese Shechter, Director Of “How To Lose Your Virginity”

Maybe you became sexually active a long time ago. Or sex doesn't really interest you. Or you've done a couple sexual activities but are taking it slowly. No matter who you are or where you live, you will have thought about whether or not you are a "virgin" — and what exactly being a "virgin"…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2014

Kansas School Removes Sex Ed Poster Because It’s About Sex

Incredible news, everyone! A "concerned parent" in Kansas just discovered something groundbreaking: if you hide the suggestion of sexual activity from 13-year-olds entirely, it will prevent them from engaging in that behavior forever. They will never figure it out on their own. So discovered "concerned parent" Mark Ellis, who successfully had a sexual education poster,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 21, 2014

10 Things Everyone Should Learn In Sex Ed

Hold onto your pearls, pearl-clutchers. Oklahoma’s Tulsa School District has just announced plans to implement an unprecedented sex education policy. Cities like Boston,  NYC, San Francisco and Los Angeles are already teaching comprehensive, medically accurate, LGBTQ-inclusive sex education to public school students. One by one, American cities are announcing a move away from abstinence-only curriculum or worse,…

By: Phylisa Wisdom / September 11, 2013

MTV Orders Up Reality Show About Virgins

There've been teen moms. There've been "guidos."  There've been rednecks. The next cultural subgroup to get the MTV reality show treatment are a little more, well, innocent: virgins. The hour-long "docu-soap" will follow a group of 18- to 25-year-olds who are remaining abstinent. Some will undoubtedly be tempted and struggling with their abstinence, while I…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 7, 2013

Elizabeth Smart Felt Like “Chewed Up Piece Of Gum” After Rapes

"I thought, 'Oh, my gosh, I'm that chewed up piece of gum, nobody re-chews a piece of gum, you throw it away.' And that's how easy it is to feel like you no longer have worth, you no longer have value. Why would it even be worth screaming out? Why would it even make a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 6, 2013

Arkansas State Senate Passes Bill To Defund Sex Education

Abortion foes in the Arkansas State Senate passed a bill yesterday to ban certain funding grants to Planned Parenthood.  The chosen grants heading to the chopping block?  Sex education. Which sucks, because Planned Parenthood provided the state's sex ed. According to Think Progress, Arkansas lacks a codified set of sex education requirements, which is why…

By: Sarah Gray / April 10, 2013

Today’s Lady News: More Than Half Of Young Adults Misinformed About Birth Control

Here's a depressing statistic: 60 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds may not understand how to properly use birth control to prevent pregnancy, according to a new study of 1,800 young adults by the Guttmacher Institute. Shocker of shocks, abstinence-only sex education — which refuses to teach children how contraception works — is being fingered a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 14, 2012

Tennessee Sex Ed Bill Warns Against Hand-Holding & Other “Gateway Sexual Activity” On The Road To Slutdom

There's a point where abstinence-only sex education becomes not just ineffectual and wasteful, but actually funny.  And that point is in a Tennessee bill that will require teachers to preach abstinence and warn young'uns about "gateway sexual activity" like hand-holding, cuddling, and hugging. You know, the real slutty stuff.

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 1, 2012

Jamie Lynn Spears Was “Really Scared” To Ask For Birth Control Before She Got Pregnant

"I had been on a Nickelodeon show, 'Zoey 101,' and after we wrapped shooting, I just wanted to go home to Louisiana and finish high school, be a cheerleader, all that. Then I found out I was pregnant. I was 16. I'd had one boyfriend. It doesn't make it perfect or all right. But I wa…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 3, 2012

Praise Be! Nicki Minaj Gets “Super Grace,” A Pro-Abstinence Parody

Here's something we didn't expect: a pro-abstinence Nicki Minaj parody called "Super Grace"! It's based on "Super Bass" and the Bible, and Jesus Christ himself gets thanked in the comments. Future civilizations will no doubt pour over lyrics like "He's waiting for the band / He'll just hold my hand ... I want to be…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 6, 2012

How Bristol Palin Gave Her V-Card To Levi Johnston

Bristol Palin lost her virginity to Levi Johnston drunk on wine coolers, according to her new memoir. The pro-abstinence advocate first slept with the Playgirl model in a tent while camping at Point MacKenzie in 2006, at age 15 — and she doesn't remember it.

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 20, 2011

Today’s Lady News: UK Politicians Support Girls-Only Abstinence Education

Politicians in the UK advanced a bill that would require British girls — yes, only the girls — to receive additional sex education that emphasizes the benefits of abstinence. This sex ed "program," if you could even call it that, is aimed at girls ages 13 to 16. It narrowly passed, but fortunately it's not…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 5, 2011