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Schools Shape Sexual Culture

Illustration by Luke Hampton
May 2, 2013

Dear Valerie Huber, executive director of the National Abstinence Education Association: Earlier this year, the Chicago Board of Education voted to overhaul its public schools' sex education curriculum...

Neither party stellar on sex ed

October 25, 2012

As a high school senior in 2008, I watched the election, boiling over with the indignation of being three months shy of voting in an election relevant to my life. In a week and a half, millions more teenagers...

Who I Am (and Why That Matters)

October 10, 2012

Any advice columnist is going to draw on their own life experiences when writing advice. Sure, not solely, or even primarily––even the columnists with the most interesting lives couldn't experience...

Defining ‘normal’ needlessly moralizes sex

September 27, 2012

I have not had sex ever. I like the idea of sex; I respect it. However, certain things such as blow jobs and miscellaneous practices that don't involve vaginal penetration sound quite unnatural and even...

Sexcetera: Open discussion makes sex more satisfying

September 13, 2012

Freshman year, I never talked about sex. Convinced it was inappropriate and awkward, I kept it to myself, only on very rare occasions sharing my thoughts with my neighbor across the hall. As a whole,...

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