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.
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.
Like a lot of others, I was a “fast-tailed girl” before I really understood what those words meant.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Recent reactions to Miley Cyrus’s evolving persona stem from a media climate that doesn’t know whether to treat teenagers like smaller replicas of grown women to be monitored for dangerous sexuality, or sensitive virgins who need protection.
Abortion is a safe, legal medical procedure, and there is no reason for school health centers not to refer patients to providers if those patients want it.