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What IS sex?

Since the President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky situation, the question has continued to be debated in our culture. What IS sex? How do schools define

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Public Sex Talk

Soon we were discussing the challenges parents with “the Talk”, how to give advice on healthy sexual activity, and helping teens have a positive body awareness.

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Parents & the “Things” we Say.

“Don’t Get Pregnant”
RESPONSE: You know Mom if you hadn’t told me that, I was going to give it a try tonight. I thought, “Why not see how difficult going through pregnancy, raising a child, and trying to go through college could be.”

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Remove Akin & Educate: Show Survivors of Rape We Care.

Let’s start by holding Todd Akin accountable. In his role as a representative, do not let him do further harm to survivors. Todd Akin serves on multiple committees including the Budget Committee. Contact your politicians today and ask: “Please vote to remove Todd Akin from all committee positions which could impact funding and/or programming concerning sexual assault, including committees involving the U.S. Military. Show survivors around the world that our Congress will not tolerate such cruelty to survivors of sexual assault.”

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Automatic Assumptions > Awful Awkwardness > Amusing Awareness

Walking off the stage after delivering the “Can I Kiss You?” program to an incoming class at Colorado Mesa University, I noticed three parents waiting for me at the back of the room. The grim looks on their faces and their crossed arms immediately triggered me to worry, “They don’t look to happy. I wonder what I did wrong?”

When I got to the back of the room, all three parents turned toward me, each saying their own version of , “Why wasn’t EVERY student mandated to hear this program? Our kids were in here and we are thrilled!”

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DATE SAFE Movie Night: Moonrise Kingdom

The latest movie by Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom, addresses the range of intense personal relationships from teen romance to adult romance to friendships, parenting, and more (click here to watch trailer).

While the scene where the 12-year-olds experiment with sexual intimacy would be much more appropriate at an older age, the conversation they displayed was healthier than the ones adults typically have.

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Do You Have IT?

IT is positivity. Are you bringing body positivity to your intimacy? How do you feel about yourself when you look in the mirror? Do you

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Parents, STOP Focusing on LOVE.

Moms and dads tell me how they stress the importance of “LOVE” in a dating relationship. Do you want love to be the focus of a child discovering relationships? Have you seen a love-crazed tween or teenager recently? Getting them to focus, besides think, is not an easy task. Not exactly what most moms and dads want in their 14 year old.

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Teens, Oral Sex, & the CDC

Yesterday, Reuters news service reported on a study just released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s Center for Vital Statistics showing that

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