As I’ve written about before, sex in the media isn’t always the most accurate depiction of what sex and sexuality look like in real life. This frustrates me, because for a lot of people, fictional depictions of sex (which are usually not very realistic) are often the only ways people are learning about sex and …Continue Reading
There’s been a lot of talk about resilience, flexibility, adaptability, creativity as it pertains to the on-going pandemic. These words have always applied to life in general as sadly we know that no one gets by in this world without some scars. Yet, “there are people who snap when they’re knocked down and those who …Continue Reading
Never too late in the Summer for Sex Ed
Summer vacation is sadly (or gladly for some) coming to an end. The kids are on their way back to school, and another year begins. A friend of mine has a daughter starting middle school this fall, and vowed she would talk to her about sex and sexuality before Labor Day. She started saying this …Continue Reading
Yes Mike, there is a G –Spot.
Last week, while teaching a basic HIV prevention class to a group of 8th graders it came to question time and a hand immediately went up from the back of the class, stretched as high as possible. I expected one of the usual questions: “Is it better to use 2 condoms? Where does HIV come …Continue Reading
Putting Pleasure into Sex Education
My younger patients, twenty and under, are often confused and seem a little uncomfortable when I ask them about their “Desire” for sex. Their answers include: “fine,” or “ok.” I will then try and make them more comfortable and normalize the idea that sexual desire is a normal and healthy part of life. Many women …Continue Reading
John Oliver on sex education in the US.
Sometimes I see something on TV that makes me want to give a standing ovation. It’s rare, but it happens. Here’s one of the those times. John Oliver did a segment on the state of sex education in the US. It’s brilliant, accurate and pretty damn scary. It’s also funny as hell. So grab your …Continue Reading
After reading an article about how sex education is taught in this country, I started to think about what I would teach if I were given the opportunity. There are so many conflicting ideas about what should and should not be taught to teens. Some people feel that if you expose teens to more information …Continue Reading
NY Post and kosher sex.
In the New York Post this week there was an article about a new online site selling vibrators to the religious Jewish community. I love to see vibrators in mass media publications; the fact that there was a wide range of opinions discussed in the article from within that community adds even more value. At …Continue Reading
Talking to your kids about sex…and laughing about it.
I admit it. I receive many, many jokes, stories and youtube clips from friends, family and patients that deal with sex and how challenging it is to discuss sex with kids and teens. Would you expect otherwise? However, this clip from Julia Sweeney had me laughing out loud. Not only is it funny and wise …Continue Reading
Straightforward pictures for kids.
Under the heading of “giving kids straightforward and clear information,” this book, from Germany does just that! I think it could not be much clearer as to how a baby is conceived and born – and personally I think the pictures are cute to boot. So consider downloading it and keeping it for when your …Continue Reading