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The tampons have eyes in this Swedish music video– they are dancing tampons teaching kids about menstruation. From the Swedish television station Barnkanalen, catchy musical clips like these are combatting the stigma of periods by emphasizing that they're a healthy sign the body is functioning correctly. Alex Hermansson, one of the show's hosts, sings along, declaring we should "Hip Hip Hooray for Period!" while tampons dance.  Cute right? At the end, it kind of looks like Hermansson is thinking about taking a bite out of the tampon, but it's cool. Read More
Like many sexually active, heterosexual women, I have had my fair share of experiences with men trying to explain to me that condoms just don’t “work” for them. I’m a little embarrassed to report that in my younger years when I was less experienced and much less confident, I might have tried to convince them otherwise or negotiate some way for us to have sex anyway (usually ending up doing it on his terms). Thankfully, these days I have no problem just saying, “that’s bullshit” and “this ain’t happening unless you wrap it up. Read More
Just in time for back to school, we have some disturbing news from the Arizona public school system. Earlier this week, one Arizona mom, Suzanne Young, posted a picture to Twitter of a sticker her son was required to place on the inside of his science textbook. The sticker stated: “The Gilbert Public School District supports the state of Arizona’s strong interest in promoting childbirth and adoption over elective abortion. Read More
Having sex is completely normal. I have it, you may have had it (and it’s totally okay if you haven’t), and the person sitting next to you probably has too. You’re probably thinking, “Yeah, Samantha, it’s the 21st Century, duh it’s normal.” Unfortunately, sex is still as taboo as it was when we were growing up. Read More
This past week Congress passed a “doc-fix” bill providing $200 billion in annual funding for Medicare and healthcare programs. We’re stoked to see that this bill passed with overwhelming approval ( 92-8), and it seems like this symbolizes huge progress in the fight for affordable and ethical health care. But hold on, don’t bring out your noisemakers and confetti yet, there’s a catch, and it’s a major problem. Read More
I don't know about you, but I had to learn the ins-and-outs of sex from my somehow more knowledgeable buddies at a 6th grade cafeteria table. We had all seen the video about puberty, and we were not as totally freaked out when hair grew in weird places, or when we started to smell like B.O, but we were left to our own devices to navigate our complicated and confusing sexual feelings. The best resources I had at the age of 12 were books my mom bought me about my changing body, since the internet was not yet the sanctuary for embarrassing questions that is it today. Read More
Sex permeates the lives of teenagers in one way or another; whether it’s vaguely through the media, gossip at school or directly from adults and educators. A lot of the time teens have more misconceptions and questions than answers. Read More
Senior student Katelyn Campbell of George Washington High School, West Virginia, has been battling her school’s administration over their methods of sex education. Katelyn Campbell, soon-to-be high school graduate The conflict was sparked when Pam Stenzel, an international speaker and avid promoter of teen abstinence, was recently invited to speak at the school. Campbell refused to attend the event, claiming that Stenzel was engaging in “slut-shaming” and making her fellow students uncomfortable. Read More
  In case you haven’t heard (after the uproar stirred by the Post this past week), a handful of New York City public schools have been testing out a program that dispenses oral and, more recently, injectable contraceptives, as well as the morning after pill or Plan B, to female students in need. Dubbed “CATCH” or Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Healthcare, the pilot program launched in January of 2011 and managed to fly under the radar. Since then, CATCH has been quietly at work in 14 schools and has dispensed care to approximately 1,000 students. Read More
I'm a huge hater on abstinence-based sex ed.  I've never been able to fathom why omitting vital, straightforward information about reproduction from young women & men is supposed to be in any way helpful.  Opponents of sex ed make it seem like teaching these lesson plans is as steamy as one of my Grandma Jeanne's "bosom heaver" romance novels (with Fabio airbrushed on the cover no less).  It's all kinds of messed up to lie to kids, then expect them to make informed choices that will keep them STD free and prevent unplanned pregnancies.  Duh. Read More