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Covering Youth Sexuality: How the Media Can Do Better

“Youth” is just one of many identities we experience during our lives, and stigmatizing or shaming a person because of age fails any social movement fighting against oppression.

“Youth” is just one of many identities we experience during our lives, and stigmatizing or shaming a person because of age fails any social movement fighting against oppression.

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The Fault in Our Media

Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) in The Fault in Our Stars.

Sexual pleasure can be a taboo subject in our society almost everywhere but in our entertainment, where it is arguably overdone. But even in our media, sex seems to be the sole privilege of young, white, single, and non-disabled people. That’s what makes John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars so remarkable.

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The Much Maligned Condom: Why We Can’t Be Surprised Use Is Down Among Teens

Once hailed as a lifesaver and necessity for everyone thinking about having sex, condoms are now frequently maligned.

Once hailed as a lifesaver and necessity for everyone thinking about having sex, condoms are now frequently maligned—young people are surrounded by messages suggesting they don’t work, they break, and they take all the fun out of sex.

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Teen Survey Shows No Progress in Safer Sex Behavior

The results of the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, which were released on Friday, are somewhat discouraging. On almost every measure of safer sexual behavior, progress has either stagnated or, in cases like condom use, reversed.

The results of the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, which were released on Friday, are somewhat discouraging. On almost every measure of safer sexual behavior, progress has either stagnated or, in cases like condom use, reversed.

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Why on Earth Did the Las Vegas Police Department Sponsor an Event on Premarital Sex?

A scene from the Toe Tag Monologues

A presentation that took place this past weekend in Las Vegas may represent the all-time worst use of fear to promote chastity. It told its audience in no uncertain terms that premarital sex will lead to prostitution, sex trafficking, drug abuse, and death.

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One More Time, With Feeling: The HPV Vaccine Does Not Encourage Sexual Behavior

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence showing that vaccines are safe and effective, many parents have become skeptical.

Despite a mounting body of evidence to the contrary, there continues to be a fear among adults that vaccinating young people against an STD is akin to giving them a license to have sex. Yet another study promises this isn’t going to happen.

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Anti-Choice Advocates Abuse Statutory Rape Reporting Laws to Target Abortion Providers

Experts questioned whether child-abuse reporting laws have any significant impact on stopping sexual abuse, but they are certainly having an impact on abortion providers.

Public health experts say there is a legitimate purpose to statutory rape and incest laws. However, in the context of abortion, these laws are effectively criminalizing normal teen sex and risk compromising patient-confidentiality agreements, as well as potentially deterring patients from seeking sexual health treatment.

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New Study Finds Alarming Rate of Sexual Coercion Among Teens, Young Adults

According to the study, “links between perpetration and violent sexual media are apparent."

A new study finds that almost one in ten teens and young adults admit to forcing someone into some form of sexual activity. Even more surprising: 50 percent of perpetrators blame the victim for the incident.

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Legal Wrap: State Detains Pregnant Woman, Catholic Bishops Meddle With Health-Care Benefits

A case in Wisconsin further illustrates the recent trend of states policing pregnant women in the name of fetal rights, and it would appear the U.S. Catholic bishops had a role in the federal government shutdown.

A case in Wisconsin further illustrates the recent trend of states policing pregnant women in the name of fetal rights, and it would appear the U.S. Catholic bishops had a role in the federal government shutdown.

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Should a 13-Year-Old and Her 12-Year-Old Partner Really Be Considered Sex Offenders?

Let's take a moment to consider what is wrong with our age of consent laws.

The Utah Supreme Court heard arguments last Tuesday in an appeals case involving a 13-year-old girl who had “consensual sex” with her then-12-year-old boyfriend and ended up an accused sex offender.

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