There’s only so much a biology class could teach me about sexuality, and it didn’t tell me about sexual urges, attraction, or needs.
As a young person from the same Native American communities as my students, I find it more and more culturally relevant that our younger generation educate each other.
Unlike in recent years, when the thrust of legislative activity was on regulating abortion, this year legislators seem to be focusing on banning abortion outright.
Last week’s episode of Parks and Recreation took on the ridiculousness of abstinence-only-until-marriage policies. Between jokes about old people having sex and mushy bananas, the episode provided some good information and made important points about the sex education debate.
It was a youth takeover at the United Nations last week, for the 45th annual Commission on Population and Development, a global meeting to examine whether and how we are protecting the sexual rights and health of our youngest generation.
New research shows–yet again–that formal comprehensive sex education leads teens to delay their first sexual experience and makes them much more likely to use birth control, make more informed choices about their partners, and reduces risky sex.
A high school teacher speaks out about the pressing need for sexuality education among her students, who are literally begging for accurate information so they can make responsible decisions.
Abstinence-only programs, with their emphasis on purity, marriage, and heterosexuality, create hostile environments that perpetuate the growth of rule-enforcing bullies, one slut-shaming, homophobic class at a time.
Growing up in the United States is like playing a foucauldian game of discipline and punish. Disciplined by a morally bankrupt narrative about sex and sexuality and then punished for daring to question it.
In a refreshing change from articles on sex education controversies, virginity pledge events, and chastity balls, the New York Times Magazine shows us what sex education can be when a good teacher is given the freedom to address the subject in an open, honest, and comprehensive way.