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Yes, Camille Paglia, Let’s Put Sex Back in Sex Ed—But Not Fear, Shame, or Stereotypes

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In a recent editorial, Paglia argues for moving toward a sex ed model in which young people learn reproductive biology in one class, study sexually transmitted diseases in another, and get a healthy dose of fear, shame, and gender stereotypes in yet another. But sexuality educators disagree.

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New Minimum Standards for Sex Education: Progress or Retreat?

The newly released sexuality education standards set a minimum for school-based sexuality education. Yet even these leave out essential terms, information, and values. Because so many schools are still so far from adopting even minimal standards, I increasingly feel technology and social media will replace schools as the major source of sexuality education for children and young people.

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New Publication Sets Standards for Sex Education

This week, a coalition of education organizations released a new document designed to help states and school districts across the country create or evaluate sexuality education curriculum.  

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The War on Sex Ed Targets Planned Parenthood, Women and Homosexuals

In preparation for what may eventually be another Lila Rose grainy expose trumpeted by the Right, it’s helpful to brush up on where millions and millions of tax-dollars are going to pay for sex “education:” ineffective and stigmatizing abstinence-only-until marriage programs.

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Raising Expectations in the Rockies: Colorado’s Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Industry and the Imperative for Real Sex Ed

Despite an increasingly progressive climate around sexual health education, Colorado’s abstinence-only-until-marriage industry continues to thrive, and continues to use dangerous and discriminatory approaches in reaching vulnerable youth.

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Leading Sex Ed Groups Launch “Future of Sex Education”

Three leading sex ed organizations collaborate on “The Future of Sex Education,” a strategic guide and website devoted to advocating for comprehensive sex ed classes.

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Marriage Promotion Trumps Effective Prevention Strategies In Abstinence-Only Programs

Abstinence-only-until-marriage program have always been more about marriage than they are about sex. Though they are often billed as replacements for comprehensive sexuality education or as teen pregnancy or STD prevention programs, in truth, they are more focused on promoting marriage than preventing anything.

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The Lady is a Tramp: My Adventures Defending Sex Education on Far Right Radio

The other day, I was called a tramp on a national radio show
with 3.5 million listeners. I was not the least bit offended and only a little outraged. In truth, it was the first moment in the hour long live broadcast in which I relaxed.

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Bush HHS Tries End Run On Abstinence-Only Funds

The Bush Administration is planning an end run to entice states into applying for abstinence-only funds that Congress has yet to authorize, and potentially tie the hands of the next administration.

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Fix PEPFAR Now to Prevent HIV Infections, Save Lives

The Senate is moving closer to a vote on PEPFAR, but there is still time to fix the bill allowing the work horse of prevention to pull the cart of treatment, lightening the load by reducing the number of people infected. Congress has burdened the horse with ideology, and put the cart in front.

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