Parents and Teachers: What Teens Really Want To Learn From Sex Ed

Almost all teens in America have received a formal sex education by age 18, but only about two-thirds have been taught about birth control methods. Amazingly, only 13 states require that instruction be medically accurate and 19 require information on condoms or contraception, while 37 require information on abstinence be provided. With such inconsistent standards it’s no surprise that…

Legal Issues Around Sexting

Sexting can be fun, but you might unwittingly break some laws you didn’t know about. For example, a lot of teens under 18 years old don’t realize that the sexy photos they have of their sweetheart could, in a court of law, be considered possession of child porn or distribution of child porn (if they…

What’s Your Sexual Footprint?

It’s interesting to consider the “ripple effect” our actions and attitudes have, especially when it comes to sex. What is a sexual footprint? Al Vernacchio, a sex education teacher at Friends’ Central, a private Quaker school just outside Philadelphia, says it’s the path that is created by the decisions we make and the actions we take regarding our sexual selves. Below…

Talking To Your Teenager About Sex

Image © Phil Spratt As the cartoon above illustrates, because of technology young people are more exposed to sex than ever before. But are they more knowledgable? Yes and no. While teenagers are watching lots of porn, they are receiving few alternative perspectives about what a consensual and happy sexual relationship looks like. Whether or…

Consent & Boundaries

One of my professors, a very wise woman that lectured on sexuality, said: “When it comes to sex, wait for the yes please!” As a somewhat sexually inexperienced sophomore in University I was wondering what that looked like. At 27 years old and married, I now understand; yes please is uninhibited enthusiasm. You’re not saying…