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VIDEO: Gabbing About Abstinence and “Giving It Up”

Jessica Valenti goes on the “Today Show” to promote the idea that women and girls aren’t reducible to their sex lives, and correct the record on abstinence-only.

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Get Real! Did I Lose My Virginity By Masturbating?

Virginity is a cultural idea, not a medical fact, and not a particularly useful one. And masturbation is A-OK.

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Survey Studies Sexual Health of Bogota’s Young People

A survey of youth in Bogota found most are making autonomous, independent decisions about their sexual lives.

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Pittsburgh Public Schools Consider “Abstinence-Plus”

If the political dialogue concerning abortion is going to shift towards reducing the number of abortions, it’s a no-brainer that we change our schools’ backward sex-ed policies.

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Empowering Adolescents to Make Wise Sexual Choices

While acknowledging the “cultural context” in which many students live, Jamaican Minister of Education Andrew Holness has refused to supply students with condoms in the schools.

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Roundup: Anti-Choice Chambliss Wins in Georgia; Why South Dakotans Won’t Pass an Abortion Ban

Georgia Senate seat stays anti-choice; why hasn’t anti-choice South Dakota enacted an abortion ban?; ensuring birth control access for teens in Maine; a policy prescription to defuse the culture wars; speaking out about IVF.

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Get Real! Questions After Abortion, Miscarriage

Will my ob-gyn be able to tell that I’ve had an abortion? How will an abortion affect sex? Heather responds to women’s questions about post-abortion care.

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Get Real! How Can I Be Sure My Birth Control Works?

As long as you take your pills as directed and on time, with the exception of a few medications or herbs that can interact with the pill, you’re as covered as you can get.

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President Obama, Sex Education, and Life After Ab-Only

President-Elect Obama has pledged to end funding for programs that do not work and, after $1.5 billion in taxpayer money, evidence is clear that abstinence-only programs do not work.

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Get Real! How Do I Convince Him to Use a Condom?

Frankly, if I had a partner who was trying to talk his way out of cooperating with managing risks, I wouldn’t just insist on a condom. I would insist on not being sexual with that person at all.

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