A glittery panel discussion about teen pregnancy prevention shames teens who parent, treats girls as sexual gate-keepers and ignores dating violence and sexual coercion.
Sex is a big part of our adult lives, but people with maturity can keep it in perspective: having sex shouldn’t be more important than the integrity of our closest relationships.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parents and teachers need to have lots of difficult conversations about sex with their teens, where the “right” answer isn’t clear.
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.
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.