The HPV vaccine prevents cancer

Today, we’re going to talk about something really important: the HPV vaccine. To help us understand the vaccine, what it does, and why it’s so important, I was lucky to speak with Julian Schink, MD, Chief of the Gynecologic Oncology program at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). Dr. Schink, who is based at the... Read more »

Dating Deal Breakers

Today, I’m featuring a guest writer. Her name is Kelsey Misbrener and she is a writer and editor from Ohio who’s here to discuss the importance of speaking to teens about dating deal breakers. One of the most important parts of my sex education classes focuses on helping my students define healthy and unhealthy relationships.... Read more »

Birth control does not make teenagers have sex

The White House’s Gaggle of Morons have struck again, this time opening the door for employers and insurers to refuse to cover contraception and even discussing contraception with your doctor. Why? For a few reasons: The administration lists health risks that it says may be associated with the use of certain contraceptives, and it says... Read more »

Let's talk about syphilis

Syphilis is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection and it’s on the rise. Why am I writing about this? Isn’t syphilis basically extinct? Unfortunately, not. Syphilis is a bacteria that’s been around for thousands of years, and with the invention of antibiotics, it was much less common than it used to be. Yet, syphilis infections are... Read more »

Australia should vote yes for marriage equality

Watching the Australian government roll through a self-created slow-motion political crisis about marriage equality is a bizarre experience. Of course, my American government is currently run by dotty old reality TV show racist who’s main talents are watching TV and stringing together incoherent, offensive sentences primarily constructed out of superlatives/buzzwords, so who am I to... Read more »

Talking about comprehensive sex education with Ana Marie Cox

Recently, I talked about comprehensive sex education with Ana Marie Cox on Crooked Media’s With Friends Like These. Ana asked some really interesting questions and I had a wonderful time chatting about the realities of teaching sex education in Chicagoland, as well as the larger political context for policy making decisions impacting teen pregnancy prevention... Read more »

Candice Jackson and sexual assault

Candice Jackson Office for Civil Rights Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202 Telephone: 800-421-3481 FAX: 202-453-6012; TDD: 800-877-8339 Email: To Candice Jackson, head of the Office of Civil Rights, Dept. of Education: I am a survivor of sexual violence. As a freshman in college, I was... Read more »

Reader question: I caught my husband watching porn

Ya’ll, I love reader questions. Seriously. Love them. Do you have a question? Email me at Here’s a recent one I got that I wanted to share: I’ve been married to my husband for several years. We have a great relationship and a good sex life. We have sex at least once a week,... Read more »

Criminalizing sexting

Louisiana republican congressional representative Mike Johnson introduced H.R. 1761 in March and it just passed the house. What does it do? I’ll give you three guesses: Helps the economy Improves healthcare Criminalizes sexting for minors, subjecting them to a mandatory minimum of 15 years in federal prison If you chose option three, CONGRATULATIONS, you’re RIGHT.... Read more »

Sexuality education for parents of young people with Down Syndrome

When I first started teaching sexuality education, I focused on people with disabilities, the parents and carers of people with disabilities, and professionals who worked with people with disabilities. I truly loved my work. When I moved back to the United States, I attempted to bring that work with me, pitching various disability support organizations... Read more »