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What I Learned by Parenting a Text Message ‘Baby’ for a Day

Youth advocacy group Do Something has a teen pregnancy campaign that purports to teach young people what it's like to have a baby via text message.

The “egg baby” has gone high-tech: Youth advocacy group Do Something has a teen pregnancy campaign that purports to teach young people what it’s like to have a baby via text message. Unfortunately, the campaign fails, in both concept and execution.

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

sex education chalkboard

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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Parents’ Distrust of Vaccines May Be Even Harder to Counter Than We Thought

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

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence showing that vaccines are safe and effective, many parents have become skeptical. Efforts to encourage these parents to change their minds have most often focused on correcting misinformation. A new study, however, suggests that this approach may backfire.

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Condoms in Schools: A Smart Move, But a Tough Sell

Despite good research, myths about condoms leading to higher rates of sexual activity persist.

A local television station asked San Antonio parents how they felt about the American Academy of Pediactrics’ new suggestion that schools make condoms available to students. The results suggest that despite good research, myths about condoms leading to higher rates of sexual activity persist.

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Of #FastTailedGirls and Freedom

A tweet from the author as part of the #FastTailedGirls conversation on Twitter, which was started by Hood Feminism.

Like a lot of others, I was a “fast-tailed girl” before I really understood what those words meant.

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Punish First, Educate Later: South Carolina Lawmakers’ Approach to Teen Sexting is Backwards at Best

South Carolina lawmakers are set to look at laws that make sexting between minors a crime and they are not alone; 21 states took up sexting laws in 2011.  But in their rush to address this issue, too many states are punishing first and asking questions later. 

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Teen Sex and Contraception on Television: Where’s the Personal Responsibility?

In the last few weeks, I learned that Bristol Palin was on the pill and all of the stars of 16 and Pregnant used condoms.  I find this slightly curious because, as we know, all of them ended up parents before they graduated from high school. If I didn’t know any better, I would start to wonder if contraception just doesn’t work.  But since I do know better, I am instead left wondering if the media is letting our most famous teen get one over on us and in the process perpetuating myths and misunderstandings about birth control.

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A Collision of Culture and Nature: How Our Fear of Teen Sexuality Leaves Teens More Vulnerable

Efforts in the United States to address adolescent sex have been directed toward preventing teenage sex as opposed to preventing its adverse consequences.  These efforts probably have been unsuccessful in stemming sexual activity because teenagers have a hormonal imperative to explore their sexuality. 

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What Lies Beneath “Skins?”

Is MTV’s new show a “gritty” look at teens’ lives without moralizing, or is it an overhyped remake looking for scandal to drive ratings?

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Get Real! Who’s on Top?

Sex really is a lot like dancing.  We move together, trying to gauge and flow with each other’s rhythms, following or mirroring each others’ steps.

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