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No News on Teen Sex (But Only Because We’re Asking the Wrong Questions)

It’s time to stop looking at the share of teens who’ve had sex as an indicator that needs to go down every year and accept that about half of all teens aren’t going to have sex and half are.

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Weekly Pulse: Prostate Health is Girly and Other Health Care Paradoxes

This week’s health care news was full of mind-bending paradoxes:  Prostate health is girly, abstinence-only education works through  failure, “principled” libertarian Rand Paul would protect all-white  lunch counters but ban private abortion clinics, and more

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Of The Catholic Church, Censorship and High-School Sex

What, if any, responsibility does the Catholic Church have to adapt to the realities of a contemporary society when it comes to sex-ed and contraception, especially when the health and potentially life of students are at risk?

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The C-Word In Sex-Ed

A Catholic high school in Seattle censors a student-written article on religion, sex-ed and Catholicism.

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The “Hocus Pocus” of Pregnancy and STI Prevention

A new report reveals that young adults are relying on magical thinking and misperceptions about contraception to the detriment of their well-being.

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Minnesota Faces Crisis of Sexually Transmitted Infections

To say that Minnesota is in a state of crisis when it comes to sexually transmitted infections is like saying sure, it gets a little cold here in the winter.

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We’d Like a Refund on Those Purity Rings

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New Study Offers No Support for Abstinence-until-Marriage Programs

Even though a recent sex education study does suggest that, an abstinence message can work under certain circumstances, it does nothing to support the type of programs that were funded under the Bush administration.

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Ab-Only May Help PreTeens Delay Sex

Research released this week on an “abstinence-only” program for young, urban African American preteens found success in delaying sex for up to 24 months, but does not support the failed ab-only-until-marriage programs of the Bush era.

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Pre-Packaging Gender Roles: Abstinence-Only Programs Perpetuate Dangerous Stereotypes

The notion that men and women sure are different is at the center of best-selling books, at least one Broadway play, and pretty much all episodes of “Everybody Love Raymond.” But as much as it can be mined for humor, it can also be pretty damaging. While there is some truth to the whole “men are from Mars women are from Venus” kind of thinking, the solution isn’t, as ab-only programs would have us believe, to accept these behaviors as innate and unchangeable and let either sex (though let’s face it, mostly men) behave badly as result. Instead students should be asked to question the nature, validity, and origin of these gender stereotypes, and to explore how stereotypes affect communication within friendships and sexual relationships.

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