My first introduction to s-e-x was at the New England Aquarium in Boston when I was in 4th grade. My friends and I were on a Girl Scout trip and let’s just say us Girl Scouts knew about more than just tasty cookies after watching a pair of rock hoppers in the penguin pen. The next year, the health teacher separated the boys into one room and the girls into another room for the big puberty talk. By that point, I had read enough Judy Blume books to understand about menstruation, but fun facts about sexual activity — in humans, of course — were news to me.
I wasn’t the only kiddie who grew up naive about the birds and the bees: the Facebook group, “We bet we can find 100,000 people who were clueless about sex growing up!” has 120 members so far and is growing. After the jump, read a couple funny — er, funny/sad — stories from the sex ed trenches. Keep reading »
More proof a fool and his money are soon parted: teen mom Bristol Palin commands between $15,000 and $30,000 to talk about abstinence and “pro-life” topics. This, mind you, is a girl who was quoted on Fox News saying that abstinence is “not realistic at all.” Eh, no matter. This 19-year-old baby mama (and Candie’s Foundation spokesgirl) wants to milk that teen pregnancy angle for all its worth! [New York Times and Single Source Speakers] Keep reading »
“Something I do want to celebrate with my fans is that it’s OK to be whomever it is that you want to be. You don’t have to have sex to feel good about yourself, and if you’re not ready, don’t do it. … I remember the cool girls when I was growing up. Everyone started to have sex. But it’s not really cool any more to have sex all the time. It’s cooler to be strong and independent.”
— Lady Gaga says “just say no!” to sex — if you want [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Bristol Palin has a message — teen pregnancy is only a blessing from God if you come from a privileged political family. If you’re one of the poors, having a baby at 16 will just make your hair ratty! So don’t do what Bristol did and have sex before marriage, because your mom isn’t Sarah Palin. Or something. Keep reading »
I’d thought purity balls—dances when tween and teen girls pledge to their fathers that they’ll stay virgins until marriage—were paternalistic and super-creepy for the girls. But, apparently, they are equal-opportunity paternalistic and creepy. The Tennessean interviewed parents Julian and Valerie Head, of Franklin, Tennessee, who are hosting a purity ball at their home for their 9- and 6-year-old sons, where the boys will make a virginity pledge with their dad. Yeah, these poor boys are 9 and 6.
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Here’s a unique scholarship money idea: earning cash for your empty womb! A program at University of North Carolina at Greenboro called College Bound Sisters, started by two doctorate-holding nurses, has paid teen girls one dollar per day for college if they don’t get pregnant. Keep reading »