FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nancy L. Cohen, Delirium: The Politics of Sex in America

By: Sunday October 14, 2012 1:59 pm

As a reproductive justice activist in Missouri, I had a lot of “preach, sister!” moments while reading Delirium. I’ve seen the damage wrought from the relentless assault on reproductive rights…the unplanned pregnancies resulting from a lack of comprehensive sex education and access to contraception, the emotional and economic toll taken as women navigate a seemingly endless series of hurdles to access reproductive health care, and the devaluing of pregnant women resulting from legislative attempts to cast them solely as reproductive vessels who forfeit their rights once pregnancy has been confirmed. I’ve also seen the transformative power of activism, particularly in my home state of Missouri where the masses hold far more nuanced views on the politics of sex than those elected to represent us. For every challenge to access to birth control or abortion care, there is a fired up response that gives me hope for the future.


Vaginas Are Sperm Depositories and Other Scary Things About the State of New York’s Sex Ed Curricula

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 7:00 pm

Along with many others children, teens, and adults, this week I went back to school, too. I started teaching Introduction to Human Sexuality at a local college, something I haven’t done in about six years. In an effort to gauge what my students had already learned and what they wanted to know, I gave them an anonymous questionnaire which, in part, asked them to describe their sexuality education up until this point. At least five of them said that they’d had the “standard” or “usual” high school sex education. Unfortunately, this wasn’t particularly enlightening to me because as a new report from the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) highlights: when it comes to sex ed there is no such thing as standard; every district or even every classroom is different.

That’s nice, now back to Jesus Horses

By: Monday March 12, 2012 1:30 am

Try to act surprised, study finds: “Teens who receive formal sex education wait longer to have sex, a new study finds — and when they do get around to doing the deed, they’re more likely than teens who haven’t had sex ed to use contraception…contrary to some critics’ beliefs, there is no evidence that sex education encourages teens to have sex sooner or to take more sexual risks.”

But to conservatives like Rick Santorum, and apparently for the foreseeable future every major Republican Presidential candidate, the real crime is knowing how to use birth control.

Gerson’s Grasp of Evangelicals is Slipping

By: Tuesday October 5, 2010 9:43 am

To judge by his column in today’s Washington Post, Michael Gerson demonstrates a surprisingly poor grasp of the evangelical world. To say (as Gerson does) that evangelicals fear big government is laughable. They love big government — as long as they get to run it.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jessica Fields: Risky Lessons

By: Saturday October 25, 2008 2:00 pm

Since its dawn in America around 100 years ago, sex education has been and remains a controversial and provocative topic with often greatly polarized opinions about and approaches to it. In the last 12 years, since the advent of federally-funded abstinence-only sex education, the battles over sex ed by parents, advocacy, religious and health organizations and the government have amplified.

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