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“Girls Particularly Cautioned”: Separate Spheres for the Status Quo

Sexism and misogyny are something that women in particular should not be exposed to, as if boys and men were somehow better equipped to handle the message. If anything, I’d argue the opposite.

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Get Real! I’m a Sexual Abuse Survivor; How Do I Get OK With Being Intimate Again?

The very first thing I want to say, and want you to try hard to hear, is that you are not abnormal, nor are you some kind of basket case. You’re simply someone healing from a serious injury.

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Should We Fight Sexting or Sexism?

In her reader diary, Leah627 writes: The recent sexting scandal in Pennsylvania provokes questions about technology, the role of parents vs. the government in education, and sexism.

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A Closer Look at Utopia: Strengths and Weaknesses of Sex Ed in Sweden

Imagine this: Sweden’s school-based sexuality education is so strong that a yearly national youth poll shows that the majority of young people report that they get the best information on contraception and STIs from school.

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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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Addressing Sexual Violence through Sexuality Education

Parents and teachers need to have lots of difficult conversations about sex with their teens, where the “right” answer isn’t clear.

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Get Real! Am I Behind the Curve on Sex Compared to Other Teens?

It’s so important to try not to get hung up on the idea that what other people are doing (or not) sexually has any relevance to what we ourselves do or don’t do.

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Get Real! How Can I Give My Sister Sex Ed?

The basics of a good sex education, according to me, address the body and self as a whole, including sexual anatomy and reproduction, sexual identity, sexual feelings, personal limits and boundaries.

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Get Real! Is Intercourse A Violation?

Physically, and often emotionally, sex is about both people being actively engaged, doing something together, not about one person doing something to, on or at the other.

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Get Real! How Do You Have Good Sex Sober?

Know what? While alcohol can reduce a person’s inhibitions, another thing it often does reduce how aroused — how turned on — a person can get.

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