Posts tagged "abstinence only"

Badass Mom Livetweets Her Son’s Absurd Abstinence Only Class

Wednesday morning, Alice Dreger, a professor at Northwestern medical school, decided to sit in on her son’s abstinence-only sex education class to see what garbage they were feeding her child. It weren’t pretty, I’ll tell you that much. Dreger ended up live-tweeting the whole mess–which, unsurprisingly, was filled with a lot of “if you have…

Robyn Pennacchia / April 16, 2015

Skittles As Birth Control? Here Are The Craziest Misconceptions Kids Have In Sex Ed

Today, Reddit asked sex ed teachers about the weirdest misconceptions they’ve had to clear up among their students. Uh oh, do we really want to know? Just as we suspected, lots of young people are really uninformed. Like, eating Skittles and doing sit-ups to prevent pregnancy uninformed. Abstinence-only policies can do that to a kid. Read it and wee…

Claire Hannum / March 4, 2014

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…

Jessica Wakeman / May 6, 2013

West Virginia Student Katelyn Campbell Stands Up To School’s Abstinence-Only Sex Ed

Meet Katelyn Campbell, a high school student council vice president, Wellesley College-bound senior, and sex education rabble-rouser who is filing an injunction against her principal for threats he made after she boycotted and spoke out against an abstinence-only sex-ed assembly at her school.

According to, Principal George Aulenbacher at George Washington High School in West Virginia threatened…

Sarah Gray / April 18, 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…

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.

Jessica Wakeman / May 1, 2012

Kids These Days Just Aren’t Getting Pregnant Like They Used To

Kids these days! They just aren’t getting pregnant like they used to. The birth rate for young women ages 15 to 19 fell to its lowest ever recorded in 2010, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States with the lowest teen birth rates are in the Northeast with Massachusetts,…

Jessica Wakeman / April 13, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Utah Governor Vetoes Abstinence Sex Ed Bill

Utah’s governor Gary Herbert, a Republican, vetoed a bill that would have forced all sexual education classes to only teach abstinence, with no mention of contraception, as well as be “opt-in” instead of “opt-out.” The Utah bill would also have forbidden any discussion of homosexuality. Anyone else scared that this bill passed Utah’…

Jessica Wakeman / March 19, 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.

Jessica Wakeman / June 20, 2011

American Sex Ed Sucks, Says Elton John

“The stigma [around HIV/AIDS] hasn’t gone away after 30 years, and young people are still getting infected. We can’t get to the young people in this country because it’s very conservative and you can’t get into schools to teach people about sex. We can in Africa, but we can’t seem to over here. With young…

Jessica Wakeman / March 2, 2011

Girl Talk: I Dated A “True Love Waits” Christian

I grew up in a small town. It was in the “heartland”– the middle of the country, yet everyone had twangy Southern accents. The town didn’t have much money or restaurants or people. But we did have churches. Churches in pole-barns, churches whose congregations were made up of only one family, churches in the hill…

Rachel White / February 16, 2011