Sex and SexualityUncategorized

Why your teen shouldn’t be afraid of STIs

Scare tactics are one of the staples of teen health and safety education initiatives. Driver’s ed classes with photos of gruesome car wrecks; drug and alcohol abuse programs filled with grim stories about arrests and deaths; and my personal favorite, sex ed programs with slide after slide of genitals covered …

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Sex and SexualityUncategorized

No such thing as safe sex?

One of the joys of being part of a blogging network is that you get exposed to articles and such that you’d never have come across in your own sphere. Sometimes they’re enlightening, worldview-expanding, and perspective-altering. Sometimes they’re just tripe. This article by Matt Walsh, on why he’s not going …

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Sex and Sexuality

Ask a Sex Educator: What to do about young children’s self-touching?

Welcome to our new feature, Ask a Sex Educator! While I will continue to write standalone articles from time to time, I wanted to create a forum where people could ask parenting and sexuality-related questions, and I’ll answer as many of them as I’m able. Besides my own training and …

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EducationSex and Sexuality

Just what is “comprehensive” sex education?

(Note: This article is very US-centric, as that’s where I live, work, teach, and understand the politics. The general ideas are applicable anywhere but the specific information is based on the US.) Those of us who favor evidence-based, body-positive sexuality education in schools — education that comes without religion-based scare …

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Ages 2-5Sex and Sexuality

A quick look at gender development

Watching a young child come to understand sex and gender is fascinating. The process varies greatly depending on the child’s conceptual development and what information is given to them, but in general there are a few distinct stages that people tend to go through as they figure out what this …

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Baseball is for girls, by greg westfall
FeminismIdentity

The Myth of Gender-Blind Parenting

“Boys and girls are so different!” “People who claim that there are no natural differences between boys and girls have obviously never worked with children.” “I tried to raise my kids in a gender-neutral way, but my son still ignores dolls and plays with trucks! Nature will have its way.” …

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Sex and SexualityUncategorized

The Talk: or, how a grade-school gossip chain can ruin all your plans

Greetings, Grounded Parents! My name is Ginny Brown, and while I’m not a parent yet, I’ve been working with children and families for my entire life: from being a big sister/lieutenant Mom, to being a full-time live-in nanny in a few different families, to teaching parent/child classes and assisting in …

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