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Ohio Seeks To Ban Sex Ed Teaching “Gateway” Sexual Behavior

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"Pro-abstinence" panties will keep teen girls from getting pregnant, right? Read More »
Ab Only Sex Ed Sucks
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  • A finance committee in Ohio’s House of Representatives voted on a budget amendment to restrict sex educators from mentioning “gateway” sexual behavior — i.e., anything “non-abstinence” like fingering and groping. Y’all know that abstinence-only sex ed doesn’t actually work, right? [Innovation Ohio, My Fox 28 Columbus]
  • A federal judge has prevented the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, from closing by blocking a law that would have forced it to shut its doors. [FeministingThink Progress]
  • Not down with those “I Need A Hero” T-shirts being sold to women and girls by Disney? Then there’s a Change.org petition you may want to sign. [Daily Dot]
  • This is a very necessary essay about how not all trans people feel “trapped in the wrong body.” [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

The 7 Stupidest Ways We’re Promoting Abstinence

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Abstinence-only education starts with the idea that teenagers listen to adults and manages to get even stupider. It’s working to turn the only life-threatening problem in the world that can be fought by balloons into a biblical plague. We’ve reached a point where even the Pope OKs some condom use, and he thinks about sex the same way non-Popes think of the Ark of the Covenant: imagining what the other side has while believing that looking directly at it will melt the soul from your body.

Abstinence-only education turns sex education into an oxymoron, deliberately not teaching people things we know about. It’s what happens when a species breeds so successfully, they start showing off. It’s the reproductive equivalent of riding a bike with no hands and eyes closed: They’ll keep pumping away for a bit, but pretty soon they’ll screw up and their crotch will hurt. The only way to teach something so stupid is to be extremely stupid, and that’s the only thing these campaigns got right. Read more…

Mississippi Learns The Hard Way That Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Enables Teen Pregnancy Epidemic

Pregnancy Rate Down
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Kids these days aren't getting pregnant like they used to. Read More »
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Abstinence-only sex education is rebranding its message. Read More »
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When it comes to teen pregnancy, Mississippi has the highest rate in the nation. The state has 55 births per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 19 — a whopping 60 percent above the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And it is not too difficult to see the culprit: abstinence-only sex education dominates the state and schools are only allowed to teach, you know, birth control if they got special permission.   Keep reading »

Bristol Palin’s “Trial Marriage” & Other Sinful Activities Renamed By The Palins

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Abstinence-only sex education is rebranding its message. Read More »
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The Situation and Bristol Plain filmed a pro-abstinence PSA. Ha! Read More »
Bristol Makes Bank
The teen mom is paid a lot of dough to preach abstinence to others. Read More »
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What the rest of us call “cohabitation,” or in some circles “living in sin,” the Palin family calls a “trial marriage.”

That’s exactly what abstinence-promoter Bristol Palin and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Gino Paoletti, are doing in a home she purchased in Wasilla. “Bristol and Gino are crazy about each other,” a source told The National Enquirer. “They’ve talked about getting married, but they think it’s a good idea to get a feel for living together before making it official.” They’ll be sleeping in separate bedrooms, I trust?   Keep reading »

Girl Talk: How Kirk Cameron Tried To Ruin My View Of Sex

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Regretting the way you lost your v-card. Read More »

When I tell people that once, when I was in 7th grade Sunday school class, I was shown a video starring Kirk Cameron and his wife Chelsea Noble that illustrated the dangers of sex with laughing carnival workers and evil clowns, they don’t believe me. Well, here it is (presented in three parts, after the jump). 

Every time I see Kirk Cameron — especially now, speaking out about how homosexuality is “unnatural” and “detrimental” — I think of my 13-year-old self sitting in a dark classroom, terrified, watching the 1993 Focus on the Family abstinence-only “educational presentation” called “Sex, Lies & … The Truth.” The beginning of the film isn’t subtle: Shots of Kirk and Chelsea talking about delaying sex until marriage are interwoven with warped shots of haggard carnival workers laughing maniacally; close-ups of antiquated games, a cackling clown, and menacing rides; and a frightening-looking roller coaster in motion, camera placed firmly at the front car’s helm. “I think it’s real easy sometimes to look at life like it’s just this great ride or it’s just this awesome game, and you’re out to have as much fun as you can,” Kirk begins. Keep reading »

The Weirdest Abstinence Ad You’ll Ever See

The Purity Myth
Jessica Valenti explains why "purity" is a dangerous goal for teen girls. Read More »
A Sexperiment
A pastor and his wife conduct a sexperiment. Watch »
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Hey, young people! If you are thinking of succumbing to the temptations of sex, just think of cuddling with your talking teddy bear. Cuddling, meaning you can go inside and hump the crap out of that thing until you are of legal age to get hitched? Or maybe Purity Bear is one of those hide-a-vibe thingies. Either way, the acting in this commercial is absolutely phenomenal. The actor who played the role of Purity Bear is a real talent.  If I hadn’t lost my virginity a million years ago, this Day Of Purity campaign may have been enough to have kept me chaste. [Buzzfeed]

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