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New Research Blames Low-Income African American Women for Couples’ Contraceptive Choices

A new study concludes that adolescent girls who get spending money from their boyfriends are more likely to never to use condoms.  Yet again research is holding girls and women responsible for being sexual and moral gatekeepers and devaluing the capacity of men to be active participants in their relationships.

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A Collision of Culture and Nature: How Our Fear of Teen Sexuality Leaves Teens More Vulnerable

Efforts in the United States to address adolescent sex have been directed toward preventing teenage sex as opposed to preventing its adverse consequences.  These efforts probably have been unsuccessful in stemming sexual activity because teenagers have a hormonal imperative to explore their sexuality. 

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The Science of Adolescent Sexual Health: Moving Beyond a Risk Framework

For years, research on adolescent sex was so entrenched in a risk perspective that “adolescent sexual health” was an oxymoron. Today, a new science of adolescent sexual heath is emerging that may help us look beyond risk.

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How Do You Solve A Problem Like the ‘P’ Word?; Should School-Based Sex Education Address Pleasure?

For some, the idea of including pleasure within sexuality education is a no-brainer. For others, it is the forbidden subject—the Voldemort of sex ed that should not be named under any circumstance. 

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Don’t Judge Your Teen by Her Skinny Jeans

In a Wall Street Journal column, Jennifer Moses accuses teens of dressing like prostitutes and being more promiscuious than ever, and she blames their mothers. The good news for moms is that she’s wrong. 

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Roundup: Massachusetts Town Caves on Condom Policy

Following up on the Massachusetts school district in the hot seat over a policy to distribute condoms to any student that requests one, plus Sharron Angle knows God’s will, and Pennsylvania is poised to ban the shackling of incarcerated birthing women.

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(VIDEOS): A “Spectacular” Anthem for Drunken Blackout Sex

A new single by former Disney “Cheetah Girl” Kiely Williams, member of girl group 3LW, is essentially an ode to a night of unconscious, unprotected sex.

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Consenting to Sex: Yes, No, Maybe?

“Age of consent” laws are ostensibly aimed at protecting young women. But do these laws make sense when what they tell young women is that they are incapable of watching their own backs?

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Progress Being Made on Wisconsin’s Healthy Youth Act

Wisconsin’s Healthy Youth Act moves beyond committee and prepares for a vote on the senate floor.

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UPDATED: Time to Turn the Lights on in Wisconsin Schools

A broad coalition of medical and social service groups supports passage of the Healthy Youth Act in Wisconsin. But a minority is using coercive tactics and misinformation to kill a bill that would fund desperately-needed services.

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