Posts tagged "sexual education"

Mommie Dearest: Parents Need To Get Real About Sex Ed

Once upon a time, I was a high school social studies teacher. One of my favorite classes to teach was a college lecture-style current events course. I co-taught it with a handful of my colleagues and we gathered every morning in the school’s auditorium with the entire senior class. Since it was so convenient, administratio…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 12, 2014

Sex Education In The UK Can Now Address Sexting, Porn

Newly released supplemental updates to the UK's sexual education guidelines suggest addressing LGBTQ relationships, sexting, and media literacy in regards to pornography. That sounds so ... sensible. Meanwhile in America, some kids think yellow Skittles act as birth control. [Nerve] Meet Lisa Fritsch, a Republican, who is the first…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 4, 2014

Kansas School Removes Sex Ed Poster Because It’s About Sex

Incredible news, everyone! A "concerned parent" in Kansas just discovered something groundbreaking: if you hide the suggestion of sexual activity from 13-year-olds entirely, it will prevent them from engaging in that behavior forever. They will never figure it out on their own. So discovered "concerned parent" Mark Ellis, who successfully had a sexual education poster,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 21, 2014

Oops: Porn Filters Are Also Blocking Sex Ed Advice

Research has shown that online filters, which seek to keep pornography and other age-inappropriate content hidden from children, are also blocking out totally legitimate sexual education advice. And probably a lot of chicken breast recipes, I'd assume. [Telegraph UK] The Toast blogger Mallory Ortberg has the best response to Ani DiFranco'…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 30, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Let’s Discuss Sex With Our Kids

In the back of my mind, I’ve always felt that if I wasn’t in my current profession, I would absolutely love to be a sex health educator. I remember being that kid — the one whose parents gave her all sorts of illustrated books geared at children illustrating your body and all the “special changes”…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 14, 2013

High School Principal Suggest Porn Stars Teach Sex Ed

Principal Mark Slater of The Leys in Cambridge, a prestigious boarding school in the UK, has an idea popular with 14-year-old boys the world over: students should be taught sex education by porn stars. Wait, what? Oh, he has his reasons! "I wouldn't rule it out — simply because of what they've done in their life…
By: Mary Odell / June 17, 2013

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's state House…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 19, 2012

Today’s Lady News: NYC Public Schools To Require Students Take Sex Ed

Beginning this year, New York City's public middle school and high school students will be required to take sex education classes. Classes include directions on how to use a condom and discussions about STDs and pregnancy. Wait, what, this didn't already exist? Apparently not. The New York Times reports this is the first time i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 10, 2011

Today’s Lady News: UK Politicians Support Girls-Only Abstinence Education

Politicians in the UK advanced a bill that would require British girls — yes, only the girls — to receive additional sex education that emphasizes the benefits of abstinence. This sex ed "program," if you could even call it that, is aimed at girls ages 13 to 16. It narrowly passed, but fortunately it's not…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 5, 2011

Teen Sex Ed Web Site Needs To Stop! Why? Because It Talks To Teens About Sex

Stop the presses, people! Teenagers are on the Internet ... reading about sex ... and how to do it safely. SCANDAL, right? It is in Massachusetts. MariaTalks.com is a race-, gender- and sexual-orientation-inclusive sex ed website for teens created by the not-for-profit AIDS Action Committee with a grant from the Massachusetts Department of…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 26, 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…
By: Rachel White / February 16, 2011

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.
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 24, 2010

A 56-Year-Old Virgin!

Last week, a retired school teacher named Deborah Parish came before the Texas Board of Education to argue for sex education in schools. "Kids are not ready to be parents, nor are they ready to have AIDS," she said. I don't think anyone's ever ready to have AIDS, but that's besides the point. "I don't…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 22, 2009