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NY Post Is Wrong About Beyoncé

Naomi Schaefer Riley is no Beyoncé fan. According to Riley’s New York Post opinion piece, not only does Beyoncé have no business being a goddess, but there is only one way Beyoncé should view her pregnant body, and that’s with embarrassment. Riley has lots of opinions about celebrities. In the past, she’s called …

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LawLGBTQSex and Sexuality

Bathroom Bonanza

(Consider this my minor contribution to Lou’s excellent post on The Bathroom Wars.) I’m an engineer. In general, that means I tend to break a big problem into its components, analyze each one, work out contingencies, then work back up the chain to resolve the bigger issue. So let’s consider …

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HealthSex and Sexuality

We Must Protect the Children!!!

Several months ago, our school district began the long process to review, update and revise its human growth and development curriculum – which hadn’t been done since the 1980s. Not that anything has changed since then *sarcasm.* Actually, quite a bit has changed, namely, we know a lot about what works (comprehensive sexuality …

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How Planned Parenthood Saved My Life

I have been having sex (both consensual and non-consensual, and with some significant hiatuses) since I was 12 years old. I am now 45. In all that time, I have never had an unplanned pregnancy. I have never had an abortion. What I did have (and might still have) was …

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EducationSex and Sexuality

Let’s Talk About Sex In Ontario’s Schools

Next week it’s back to school here in Ontario, which means it’s time for the parental protests about the new sex-ed curriculum to increase in volume. They kicked off yesterday with a planned series of protests outside the offices of Liberal members of the provincial parliament. I have a particular …

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Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 13-17 (Teen)LawParenting StylesSex and Sexuality

Is it Legal for Kids to Have Sex When They are Home Alone?

{Content Warning – Discussion of statutory rape laws, including some specific language regarding youth sexual conduct.} Serious question. In light of the ongoing fracas regarding kids exploring the world without supervision, it occurred to me – with a wide range of ages when kids are deemed capable of being home …

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FeminismHumorSex and Sexuality

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: Girls are (NOT) Like Apples on Trees…

I usually let these memes stew on my desktop for a couple of days. Kind of letting them marinate while I decide what particular mixture of snark, cynicism, despair or disdain to add to the brew to make a perfect Internet Meme Demolition Derby Pie (mmmmmm Derby Pie…) But this …

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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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Ages 10-12 (Tween)IdentityLGBTQSex and Sexuality

“I Was Your Daughter, But Now I’m Your Son.”

Life has been busy Chez Phoenix, hence the long hiatus between posts. You ever have so much going on that you can’t pick just one thing to write about? It’s been like that. The most important thing we’ve been dealing with recently is Hipster Tween’s (hereafter referred to as HT) …

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FeminismSex and Sexuality

Dear America~size 12 is not plus sized, it’s average

I woke up this morning inundated with more media coverage of this “plus sized” model. Ugh. This isn’t even something I’d normally write or care about, but for reason, it’s really grinding my gears. Have you seen the new cover? Don’t get me wrong, she’s quite beautiful. Unfortunately I had …

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