sex education

Part 2: Proclamation of Masturbation: Joycelyn Elders Gives Masturbation a Thumbs Up

(También en Español) "We must know that if we want to have a sexually healthy society, it's about education, education, education," says Joycelyn Elders, MD. With 9.5 million teens obtaining a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and 750,000 becoming pregnant per year in the United States, it is no wonder why Elders asserts that comprehensive sexuality education is the key to a sexually healthy world. In order to help remedy this, Elders teamed up with the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Program in Human Sexuality (PHS) to advance sexual health education not only in America, but globally. Together, Elders and PHS established ...

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Proclamation of Masturbation: Joycelyn Elders Gives Masturbation Thumbs Up (Part I)

(También en Español) In 1994, then Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, MD, proclaimed, "With regard to masturbation, I think that it is something that is a part of human sexuality and a part of something that should perhaps be taught." Masturbation being taught in schools? This statement is not one of shock, confusion, and contempt (or even a question) in countries where comprehensive sex education thrives, such as in the Netherlands, but in the United States, it sparked a nation-wide controversy that resulted in the termination of Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders. So what was the fuss about? Joycelyn Elders has been a strong, public ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Porn Education

(También en Español) Is there such a thing as good porn and bad porn? What about hetero-male-produced porn vs women-, LGBT- amateur-produced porn which is just as enticing? Will universal replete sex ed in our schools change the face of the male-dominated porn industry, which mostly objectifies and exploits women? Leave a comment and let us know what you think or make your own video or blog to share. We will send you a free VenusPlusX t-shirt or slap bracelet to thank you. Video edited by Tiye Massey.

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Still Learning

 (También en Español) What were your sex education experiences at home, school, or elsewhere? Let us know. What were the benefits or how did if fall short? How did you sex education influence how your dealt with your own personal sexuality? Make a video, write a poem, song, or an essay — or even create an original work of art — and express your thoughts. If we feature your contribution on the site, we will send you a free VenusPlusX t-shirt to thank you. Video by Tiye Massey.

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Fear and Sex

(*también en español) Much of sex education is fear-based. How does this approach hinder sexual development? Do you think speaking openly about sex from an early age leads to a healthier and safer sex later in life? If not, why? Make a video, write a poem, song, or an essay — or even create an original work of art — and express your thoughts. If we feature your contribution on the site, we will send you a free VenusPlusX t-shirt to thank you. Video edited by Tiye Massey.

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The new legal theory that enables homophobic evangelizing in US schools

(También en Español) News of Note: The new legal theory that enables homophobic evangelising in US schools Last month, 8,000 public high school students in Montgomery County, Maryland, went home with fliers informing them that no one is "born gay" and offering therapy if they experienced "unwanted same-sex attraction". The group behind the flier, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX), isn't the kind one expects to find represented in student backpacks. Peter Sprigg, a board member of PFOX who doubles as a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, recently told Chris Matthews that he ...

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Utah legislature passes bill requiring ‘abstinence-only’ sex education — or none at all

(También en Español) News of Note: Utah legislature passes bill requiring 'abstinence-only' sex education -- or none at all Utah legislature has passed a sex education bill that allows schools to decide whether they will teach students about human sexuality and in the event that they do, requires that it use “abstinence-only instruction materials.” The bill now goes to the governor for approval. Abstinence only education ignores the fact that human beings will inevitably have sex. Parents may be scared to death that their child could become sexually active, but that shouldn't justify denying all children information about contraceptives and ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Mass and Class

(También en Español) Some children are very lucky to have one or more parent or relative they can have an open dialogue about sexuality with. Public schools and certainly religious-based education do not address key issues having to do with sexuality. What are the main topics you thought were missing from your own sexual education? Make a video, write a poem, song, or an essay — or even create an original work of art — and express your thoughts. If we feature your contribution on the site, we will send you a free VenusPlusX t-shirt to thank you. Video by Tiye Massey.

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Sex Education Gets Directly to Youths, Via Text

(También en Español) News of Note: Sex Education Gets Directly to Youths, via Text - NYTimes.com "While heading to class last year, Stephanie Cisneros, a Denver-area high school junior, was arguing with a friend about ways that sexually transmitted diseasesmight be passed along. Ms. Cisneros knew she could resolve the dispute in class — but not by raising her hand. While her biology teacher lectured about fruit flies, Ms. Cisneros hid her phone underneath her lab table and typed a message to ICYC (In Case You’re Curious), a text-chat program ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Disconnect

How did where you were raised affect what you were taught about sex, and the kinds of conversations you had about sex? What role did religion play in what you were taught or what you talked about? How have you overcome any negative ideas about sex -- or even just ignorance about sex? Who should have the ultimate responsibility to ensure that young people receive an education in sexual matters that may affect their relationships and their health? Your answers are important to us. Write them in an essay, a poem, or a song, or express them in an original work of art or ...

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