Generation Z—made up of people who were born between the early 1990s and 2010—is so accustomed to everyday sexism that most of us do not even notice when demeaning language is used, let alone call it out, when we hear it in songs like “Blurred Lines.”
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) today, the final day of Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month. So what’s at stake for youth?
Feeling interested in sex with a partner, but unsure and fearful about what other folks might think or say about it? Here’s some help in figuring if you’re up to that part of a sexual life.
Public-health experts are using social media to help teenagers prevent STDs. A new study finds that Facebook “communities” can be effective in promoting condom use among young people.
If teenagers are going to have sex, and we know they are, they should have access to emergency contraception in schools.
In this week’s sexual health round up: study finds that teens who know of the possible consequences are actually more likely to sext; traces of HIV found in the man who was thought to be cured of the virus by a bone marrow transplant; and a study in mice finds human breast milk may block the transmission of HIV.
One in two sexually active people will get an STD by age 25, but most won’t even know it. Just as abstinence is the only 100 percent effective way to prevent pregnancy, the only way to be sure of your STD status is to get tested. April is the time to do it—STD Awareness Month.
In order to address adolescent pregnancy and parenting in the Latina/o community and beyond, we must collectively start to change the discourse and norms to include youth sexuality and health needs from a perspective that acknowledges young people’s rights to education, access, autonomy and opportunities.
Depending on your view, the answer to that question might seem really obvious or very tricky and hazy. However, it’s a phrase and concept that’s bandied about a lot, yet is rarely explained. A group of Australian researchers finally defined it clearly and holistically.
Maria Talks, a website with frank sexual health information for young people, suddenly has a lot of critics who think it’s too explicit. I talk with one of the websites creators to get her take on the site and the controversy.