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Poll: How Do You Keep The Babies Away?

Every month, when my period arrives at 9am on the dot on (usually) the first Sunday of the month, I say a little silent thank you to the person who created Ortho-Tricycline Lo. Birth control, in all its many forms, is a wonderful thing. Which do you use? Keep reading »

Jon Stewart Endorses A More Innocent Version Of The Horizontal Tango

The Daily Show did a segment on abstinence-only education and suggested a fun activity for those holding onto their chastity. Dry-humping! Oh and our new favorite word for our vag since va-jay-jay is so 2007? Shame-cave! [Feministing] Keep reading »

Frisky Chatter: Dish From The Frisky Forums

So this weekend, while you’re waiting for everyone to arrive at your green party, or you’re twiddling your thumbs until the Bust Craftacular starts, or you’re counting the seconds until you see Baby Mama, may we suggest you take a gander at the latest happenings on The Frisky Forums. Reader de la thea inquired today if moving in with a boyfriend of three months is too soon, while Elle wants to know how you feel about open relationships, abstinence education, and designer babies. And don’t forget, Kiki T is always on the horn, ready to answer your burning questions about sex and love, through her mind-meld with the cosmos. So what are you waiting for? Keep reading »

STD Prevention Factoid!

Drinking a cap-full of bleach will not stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. It will, however, turn your insides into mulch. Guess they didn’t teach teens in Florida that in abstinence education class. [ABC Action News] Keep reading »

Teaching Kids About Safe Sex Doesn’t Make Them Go Out And Hump Like Rabbits

In today’s “Like, duh?” news, a new study suggests that teaching teens about safe sex not only might lead to less teen pregnancy, but also does not increase the number of sexually active teens or incidents of STDs. Not that the debate over abstinence education versus sex education is going to be over any time soon. [News-Medical.net] Keep reading »

Twenty-Five Percent Of Teen Girls Have A Zac Efron Poster & An STD

Some good news before we sit down with a bowl of popcorn, a bottle of wine, and that Tivo’d episode of High School Confidential — one in four teens girls have an STD! The data, from 2003-04, probably reflects current rates of infection, which would coincide with recent government funding for sex education being funneled into abstinence-only education. Sounds like “Operation: Stop Our Daughters From Having Sex” is totally failing, with scabby results to show for it! [CNN] Keep reading »

Puritan Pop Stars

Over a decade after Britney claimed she was saving herself for marriage, the Jonas Brothers, a popular teeny-bopper boy band, have decided to take a vow of celibacy too. The trio of short, dark, and handsome teens told Details Magazine that they even bought rings to commemorate their commitment to chastity from Disney World and Tiffany’s. (How punk rock!) Although it’s not actually working as kryptonite for their hordes of screaming girl groupies, the Christian rockers turned pop stars, who are now owned by Disney, want to stay shining examples of purity. Their tour director, Rob Brenner, who had worked with Spears, sees abstinence as a way to keep the boys focused and grounded, while avoiding the pitfalls (i.e. drugs, pregnancy, general craziness) of other stars who make it big when they’re young. Keep reading »

Sex On TV: Abstinence And American Idol

One of the contestants who made it through on last night’s episode of American Idol, was this lil’ cutie, Amy Catherine Flynn…”Amy Catherine, AC, whatevs!” Yeah. So, in addition to being a high school student, a member of the dance team, and having an great voice, Flynn also preaches abstinence. She gave her schpiel to the judges and Simon was, like, totally sold. How about you? [You Tube] Keep reading »

The Bush Administration Spanks Washington State For Teaching Sex Education

So, the whole issue of government funded abstinence-only education is a confusing one, but we’re here to give you the low-down. Basically, the Bush Administration, in an attempt to offset state-funded sex education programs, has given many states millions of dollars in funding for abstinence-only education — public service announcements and school curriculum promoting abstinence. And for the record, in case it’s been awhile since you were in junior high, sex education always stresses that the only truly “safe” sex is no sex at all, but abstinence-only education stresses that and that alone. Well Washington State just had their abstinence-only grant revoked because the state requires schools to provide additional, medically accurate information about preventing unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. It seems the grant was only good for funding sex education that covered only one aspect — not having any. Better your kids associate sex with sin, fire, and brimstone than the very real threat of STDs and pregnancy if they don’t use condoms, the pill, and other forms of birth control. [SeattlePI.com]

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Breaking News: Abstinence-Ed Doesn’t Work!

There’s a news story to support the headline above nearly everyday, but the latest has the most expansive evidence that abstinence-only education does not affect sexual behavior in teenagers. The non-partisan group National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy conducted the study and concluded:

“At present there does not exist any strong evidence that any abstinence program delays the initiation of sex, hastens the return to abstinence or reduces the number of sexual partners among teenagers.”

Currently there’s a bill before Congress that would put $141 million into abstinence-only education funding. Um, yeah. In a few weeks, we’ll be debating the issue of whether, despite the evidence, abstinence education is still the way to go when it comes to teaching minors about sex. Um, we know where we stand if you couldn’t read between the lines, but we’re eager to hear from our experts and from you Frisky girls as well. [MSNBC] Keep reading »

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