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.
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.
While prevention restrictions under US Global AIDS Policy were made looser in last year’s reauthorization bill, the new law includes worrisome reporting requirements for prevention programs.
The League of Young Voters sounds the alarm on abstinence-only funding restored in the health care reform bill in a hilarious new video that parodies the “marshmallow test” experiment…
Following on to Kathryn Joyce’s piece on Crisis Pregnancy Centers and adoption today on RH Reality Check (in which Joyce points to Bethany Adoption center as an example), Sarah Posner reports today in the American Prospect that in addition to other federal money, Bethany has recieved 8 federal grants totalling over $3 million in 2009.
Those wild and crazy Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee can’t make up their minds about big government! They like big government subsidies if they are from farm states with lots of farmers (alive, dead, whose counting?), but they don’t like big government subsidies for poor women seeking, say, contraceptive supplies, breast and cervical cancer treatment, or testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (bad, bad, bad!).
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Mississippi today asked a federal court in Mississippi to end government funding of religion in the state’s abstinence-only-until-marriage program.
The department of Health and Human Services is running a new TV commercial that tells parents “you don’t have to tell (your children) about ‘the parts’… just tell (them) to wait.”
In the Caribbean, where HIV is a public health crisis, government, media, business and NGOs have responded with frank and open talk about prevention. In the U.S., by contrast,
56,000 newly diagnosed cases of HIV a year get scant notice.
This Friday, August 21st from 1:00-2:00 pm EST, listen in as Jennifer Block, Jessica Valenti and Jaclyn Friedman talk to Women’s Media Center’s Tristan Aaron about taking care of pregnant and laboring mamas in this country, the big fail of abstinence-only programs and creating a culture of female sexual empowerment.