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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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Get Real! Why Am I Scared to Touch My Own Vagina?

Feeling anxiety or shame about one's own genitals happens. Here are some things to consider when it is, and some approaches to learning to accept and embrace a body part where we can get all too many messages to the contrary.

Feeling anxiety or shame about one’s own genitals happens. Here are some things to consider and some approaches to learning to accept and embrace these body parts.

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Four Daughters, Four Moms, Four Sex Talks

How can you tell Mom you’ve become a sexual adult without disappointing her?  How can you ask her for birth control? How can you disclose being sexually active?  And is it okay to use her sex toy eithout asking?

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What Is Healthy Sexual Development?

Depending on your view, the answer to that question might seem really obvious or very tricky and hazy. However, it’s a phrase and concept that’s bandied about a lot, yet is rarely explained.  A group of Australian researchers finally defined it clearly and holistically.

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Why Girls? Because They’re Ready to Change the World

Less than a half a cent of every international development dollar is directed towards girls. But we can change that – with skills, knowledge, self-esteem and personal security, a girl can be a change-agent for herself and her community.

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Ending Child Marriage: It’s a Smart Investment

We believe that an adolescent girl living in poverty is the most powerful person in the world. If we reach her early enough, she can accelerate economies, arrest major global health issues and break cycles of poverty.

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When Opportunity Knocks, Where Are Our Girls?

The high opportunity costs of child marriage undermine social and economic development and the health and well-being of families.

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Sex, Rights, and Politics–From Cairo to Berlin

Sex happens: 125 million times each and every day. So how is it that in the 21st century this precious element of human existence is still taboo? Strengthening sexual and reproductive health and rights must become a global priority. Our future depends on it.

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The NYT Issue on Women: An African Man’s Perspective

We, the people of the developing world, complain about unfair and inaccurate reporting by Western journalists because we know how differently stories might have turned out if they had consulted the experts among us.

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Hillary’s Challenge

Hillary Clinton is not our first female secretary of state, but she is our first explicitly feminist one.

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