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To Forgive, Forget, and Re-Elect: The Messages We Send When We Absolve Lawmakers After Sex Scandals

forgiveness one way road sign

Despite their past poor judgement, Weiner, Spitzer, and Sanford are all officially back in politics. If we continue to allow ourselves to kiss and make up every time a politician apologizes for his bad sexual decision making, what messages are we sending young people?

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Get Real! Can I Start Dating When I Have a Mental Illness?

Does having a mental illness mean you can't have healthy sexual or romantic relationships, or that someone else can't have them with you? Nope.

Does having a mental illness mean you can’t have healthy sexual or romantic relationships, or that someone else can’t have them with you? Nope.

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‘Pray Away the Gay’ No More: ‘Ex-Gay’ Ministry Closes, Leader Apologizes to Gay Community

Alan Manning Chambers gives his opening address at the 38th Annual Exodus Freedom Conference.

One of the organizations responsible for promoting the slogan “pray away the gay” and the practice of reparative therapy is closing its doors, and its leader has apologized to the LGBTQ community.

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Get Real! His Religious Beliefs Say No Condoms, But I Need Them. What Do I Do?

What to do when someone's religious beliefs or ideas conflict with your need and want for safer sex and pregnancy prevention.

What to do when someone’s religious beliefs or ideas conflict with your need and want for safer sex and pregnancy prevention.

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Get Real! It Was Fun, and I Want to Tell My Friends, But…

You had a sexual experience you enjoyed and felt good about, and you want to tell your friends about it. But you're afraid they're going to judge you about it. What to do?

You had a sexual experience you enjoyed and felt good about, and you want to tell your friends about it. But you’re afraid they’re going to judge you about it. What to do?

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West Virginia Sexting Law Likely to Harm Already-Victimized Girls

The outcome of the law is likely to be that girls who are already suffering from a public shaming will be charged with delinquency, all for sending a picture to a boy.

The outcome of the law is likely to be that girls who are already suffering from a public shaming will be charged with delinquency, all for sending a picture to a boy.

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Elizabeth Smart Speaks Out Against Abstinence-Only Education

Melissa Harris-Perry’s panel looks at Elizabeth Smart’s recent comments on abstinence-only sex education and whether the policy is effective.

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Get Real! I Think He’ll Dump Me If I Don’t Have Sex with Him. So, Should I?

Do you want to be with someone, anyone, who would only stay with you because you're having the sex they want to have? Really?

Do you want to be with someone who would only stay with you because you’re having the sex they want to have?

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Get Real! What to Do When Sex Has Only Either Felt Painful or Like Nothing?

It either hurts or feels like nothing. You don't know what to do, or what's wrong, and your partner is handling it really poorly. Here's some information and advice to the rescue.

It either hurts or feels like nothing. You don’t know what to do, or what’s wrong, and your partner is handling it really poorly. Here’s some information and advice to the rescue.

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Get Real! Trans Boyfriend, Uncomfortable Girlfriend

The data suggest that 49 percent of adolescents who have been in a dating relationship have been victims of dating violence at least once in their lives and 46 percent have perpetrated it on a partner; emotional abuse seems to account for much of this.

Dating someone who’s trans and feeling uncomfortable? How to look at what’s going on and figure out what’s really best for both of you.

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