Posts tagged "sex ed"

Provincetown, Mass., Offers Condoms To All Students — Yes, Even Elementary Schoolers

Starting in September, the small, seaside town of Provincetown, Massachusetts, will give a condom to any student in grades 1 through 12 who asks for one — but only if they listen to a “birds and the bees” talk first.

Jessica Wakeman / June 24, 2010

Were You Clueless About Sex Growing Up?

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…

Jessica Wakeman / June 22, 2010

Boys Exposed To Porn Are More Likely To Sexually Harass Girls

Porn: whether you love it, hate it, or feel indifferent, you can’t deny it influences people just like any other form of media. Generally, “Think of the children!” hand-wringing is something I ignore because I think it can get really overblown. But a recent report on how exposure to porn affects young boys is a…

Jessica Wakeman / January 26, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Going Limp

What? Could this be? You mean school kids will actually learn useful stuff about sex? Like how their own bodies work and how not to get pregnant? CRAZY TALK. But if the rumors are true, Congress recently passed the 2010 Omnibus Appropriations spending bill, which eliminates funding for abstinence-only sex ed. And yesterday, President Obama…

Jessica Wakeman / December 17, 2009

Breaking News: Casual Sex Won’t Ruin Your Life!

Breaking news! Hooking up won’t lead to ruination, death by AIDS, and a locust plague. A recent study by University of Minnesota School of Public Health found young adults who had casual sex were in a no worse emotional state than ones who had sex in committed relationships.

Researchers spoke to 1,311 young…

Jessica Wakeman / December 10, 2009

New Pap Smear Recommendations Could Increase STDs Among Black Teens

Going to the gynecologist is never a pleasant experience, but most responsible women suck it up at least once a year to have an annual pap smear. The new pap smear recommendations say women should delay getting their first test until they’re 21, regardless of whether they’re sexually active. But for some women, the pa…

Annika Harris / December 7, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Spain Teaches Masturbation In Sex Ed Program

“Pleasure is in your own hands” is the new pro-masturbation slogan used by a sex ed program in the Extremadura region of Spain. The campaign has upset some Catholics in the country, despite having received funding from local youth and women’s affairs ministries. [Guardian UK]
The federal government released a report on Tuesday which…

Jessica Wakeman / November 12, 2009

Teen Girls Get Money For College By Not Getting Knocked Up

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.

Jessica Wakeman / November 5, 2009

An Orgasm A Day Keeps The Doctor Away, British Kids Are Told

Jeebus. Why does everybody get so freaked out when adults dare to talk about teenagers masturbating, considering horny 13-year-old guys probably jerk off more than anyone in the world? Alas, there’s drama in Sheffield, England, because medical professionals are circulating a pamphlet to teens which suggests that self-pleasure might be more satisfying than, oh, having…

Jessica Wakeman / July 13, 2009

Church Gets Sexy With Adult Sex Ed Classes

“Adult” and “sex ed” are three words that sound terrible together at first glance. But lo and behold, O: The Oprah Magazine sat in on an adult sex ed class full of 40- to 60-somethings at the First Unitarian Church in Austin, TX, and one thing is for certain: bumbling teens aren’t the only one…

Jessica Wakeman / July 8, 2009

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Is Rebranding Its Message

If you’re wondering who thought it was a good idea for Bristol Palin, pregnant at 17, to warn America’s teens not to have sex until they’re married, you’re not alone.

But it’s hard to figure out what, exactly, the well-meaning adults who preach “no sex until marriage” to teenagers are thinking, considering a…

Jessica Wakeman / June 23, 2009

Quickies!: Jamie Lynn Spears Is Just Like Any Other Teen

Jamie Lynn Spears gives us the finger, and parties it up. [TMZ] — We’re glad the girl is finally acting her age, but we’re a little scared about what’s in the cup.
Miley Cyrus and Justin Gaston have reportedly split up. [Us Magazine] — He was too cute for her, anyway.
Courtney Love seem…

Carrie Wasterlain / June 9, 2009

Second Life Sexperts

Finally, Second Life has a use beyond virtual sex! Spanish health authorities launched a virtual portal on the site that lets teens discuss health issues with doctors without having to speak to one face-to-face. Now, shy teens willl be able to get all their blow job questions answered by a professional, without blushing. [The Guardian,

Catherine Strawn / May 12, 2008
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