If your sexual education was anything like mine, every few years you and your peers were rallied into crowded classrooms, separated by gender, and were schooled on the happenings of your body. By the time you were in high school, you may have been fortunate enough to receive some vague and heteronormative information about STIs and how abstinence is the best (and only) form of birth control. Problematic? Yeah.
Saiya Miller and Liza Bley thought so, too, and compiled a collection of comics over the course of five years to educate others on sexuality in a far more inclusive and honest manner. The comics and stories are frank and real, free of the sugar coating that pervades the typical two-day sexual education courses rampant in U.S. public schools.
The news on reproductive rights this year has not been good. Texas is shutting down health clinics, Ohio is forcing women to get an ultrasound before they get an abortion, Oklahoma is trying to restrict teens from buying Plan B over the counter—the country's reproductive options are generally going to hell in a Republican handbasket.
But there's one area of reproductive health that has been quietly and steadily improving for years: reducing teen pregnancies. During the last years of the Bush administration, the teen birth rate rose for the first time since 1992. But from 2007-2011 (the four most recent years the experts crunched the numbers), the trend swiftly reversed and the teen birth rate nationwide dropped a whopping 25 percent.
The reasons behind the drop are much more complex than just statistics on birth control use and funding for sex education—looking only at the dollars and data ignores the fact that we all learn about sex from the culture around us.
• As if we couldn't get more exasperated with Robin Thicke, the artist of "Blurred Lines" fame believes that his objectifying music video is actually sexist in a good way and even claims that he has started a feminist movement. [PolicyMic]
Every week in Oh Joy Sex Toy, an intrepid artist experiments with some aspect of sex and illustrates the results in a deliciously NSFW comic. In this week's comic, guest artist Sam Orchard tests out the Le Butch strap-on harness.
Isn't there room in the '80s sex-comedy canon for comedies that let girls be just as goofy, hedonistic, and—perhaps most important—consequence-free as their dumb-fun boy counterparts? There is—it's just that it hasn't come out until now.
Yoga is a butt of a lot of jokes in our pop culture—the sexy pants! The downward dog!—but its reach into our society is both deep and powerful: 20.4 million Americans do yoga, 82 percent of whom are women. This show skips the silly stuff and digs deep with yoga teachers and scholars on two big issues in yoga. We talk with yoga researcher Rebecca D'Orsogna and The Science of Yoga author William J. Broad about why yoga gurus keep being involved in sex scandals. Then we discuss yoga's role in nonviolent acitivism with Michael Stone, the director of Toronto's Center of Gravity sanctuary, and how to talk about consent and inclusion in yoga with teacher Christian Slomka.
All that in under 30 minutes! So breathe deeply and tune in!
When I was 12, I was in an abstinence-only sex-ed program where I learned that I should only have sex with someone to whom I was married. Then, in high school, some of my friends and I decided that premarital sex might be okay as long as it was with someone we were really, really in love with.
Now, most of my friends have decided to simply have sex with whomever they choose. But I haven't.