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New Research Suggests Middle Schoolers Who Sext Are More Likely To Be Sexually Active—But Please Don’t Panic

A recent study that suggests sexting is “not uncommon” among middle school students and is linked to higher rates of sexual behavior among tweens has made for some startling headlines this week. Before panicking, let's look beyond the headlines to see what these articles and the study really say.

A recent study that suggests sexting is “not uncommon” among middle school students and is linked to higher rates of sexual behavior among tweens has made for some startling headlines recently. Before panicking, let’s look beyond the headlines to see what these articles and the study really say.

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When Bitter Breakups and Digital Photography Meet: What to Teach Our Kids About Revenge Porn

In the corners of the Internet, there's a festering movement of men coaching each other to believe that men are oppressed because they don't have sexual control over women's bodies.

Websites like YouGotPosted.com and MyEx.com have profited off of “revenge porn,” a form of cyberbullying in which people post once-private pictures of their exes. Some say criminal laws, like the one just passed in California, are the best remedy, while others suggest putting down the camera in the first place.

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Political Men Behaving Badly: Weiner and Filner Won’t Quit Even as More Info Emerges

Amid calls for them to drop out of politics, New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner—former congressional colleagues who have both been caught behaving badly around women—are standing their respective ground.

Amid calls for them to drop out of politics, New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner—former congressional colleagues who have both been caught behaving badly around women—are standing their respective ground.

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When Do Depictions of Sex Constitute Assault?

This week, one app is blamed for a syphilis outbreak, while another wants you to practice cunnilingus by licking your phone.

A situation in June in which a woman sent unsolicited penis pictures she had received to the sender’s mother, and an ongoing debate in Britain about what, if any, depictions of sex should be banned have raised interesting questions about the limits of privacy and consent.

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The Difference Between Anthony Weiner and a Flasher? Not Much

Without a smartphone and social media, the New York City mayoral candidate might well be riding the subway wearing nothing but a trench coat.

Without a smartphone and social media, the New York City mayoral candidate might well be riding the subway wearing nothing but a trench coat.

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West Virginia Sexting Law Likely to Harm Already-Victimized Girls

The outcome of the law is likely to be that girls who are already suffering from a public shaming will be charged with delinquency, all for sending a picture to a boy.

The outcome of the law is likely to be that girls who are already suffering from a public shaming will be charged with delinquency, all for sending a picture to a boy.

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Sexual Health Roundup: Illinois to Improve Sex Ed, Changing HPV Messages, and West Virginia Bans Teen Sexting

This week, West Virginia bans sexting among teenagers.

This week, the Illinois senate took up a bill requiring that sex education be medically accurate, West Virginia took on teen sexting, and a new study suggested we may need to change our HPV messages if we want more women to get the vaccine.

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Sexting Teens Are Having Sex?!? It’s Not Exactly Big News

A new study in Pediatrics found sexting teens are more likely to be sexually active than their non-sexting peers. Before we lock up our teens or their smartphones, it’s important to note that this study found a correlation. It did not find that sexting leads to sex.   

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Sexual Health Roundup: Sexting is Normal and Summer Is the Season to Think “Sex”

In this week’s sexual health roundup: researchers at the University of Michigan looked at the sexting behavior and psychological health of over 3,000 college students and determined that sexting did not, in fact, lead to heartache; another study of college students found that mixing alcohol and caffeinated energy drinks may increase risky behaviors such as drunk sex and casual sex; and a survey of Google searches since 2006 confirms what birth records have suggested for years — Americans do actually think about sex more in the summer. 

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Sexual Health Roundup: HPV Vaccines Protect “the Herd,” FDA Approves In-Home HIV Test, and More on Sexting and Teens

In this week’s sexual health roundup: new research suggests that the HPV vaccine lowers the likelihood of HPV in both the young women who have had them and others in their communities; the FDA approves the first completely in-home HIV test but some worry about its potentially high rate of false-negatives; and the latest addition to research on teens and sexting finds those who sext are more likely to have had sex. 

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