It was a difficult and challenging year, especially seen through the lens of sexual health. It was a year in which politics came close to displacing sexual politics as the most-talked about topic on therapist couches.
Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) is ablaze with anger and a sleeping giant has awoken. The Inter Religious Organization (IRO) voted 17 to 24 in favor of keeping an old colonial law allowing child marriage of girls as young as 12 years old.
Porn is what it is. And for the most part it is a visual aid to assist in male sexual arousal. It's not designed to be sexual
It seems like sexuality is the one field with more of an ideological divide than politics. This year there is greater tolerance than ever to the many sexuality identifications and definitions. At the same time, there are many movements that promote failing programs and invisible walls of discrimination.
It is so easy to talk about abstinence. Lots of people could get behind it. Teachers really didn't need to know anything about reproductive health. They just had to know how to teach kids to say "no" to sex. One of the easiest ways to do this was through shame.
John Oliver's brilliant piece did a marvelous job laying out many of the problems in the abstinence-only approach, from its emphasis on shame and ineffectiveness in preventing unplanned pregnancy or STIs to its harmful neglect of the needs of LGBTQ teens.
Duke Energy, which receives over $898 million in subsidies (nearly twice the federal funds allocated for Planned Parenthood) illegally dumped tens of millions of gallons of polluted waste water. All told, they pled guilty to nine violations yet no action was taken on Capitol Hill to limit their corporate welfare.
Her parents have created a situation where she has to apologize for procreating, like humans do, all the time. Seriously, like daily.
I don't respect Palin's retrograde anti-abortion views. But I do respect her right (and any other woman's right) to decide
California Judge Donald Black recently ruled that Clovis Unified School District's curriculum, which was abstinence-only-focused, was not really sex education, not meeting the state's own guidelines. Further, he found that it was providing medically inaccurate information. Unsurprisingly, the curriculum was also touting anti-gay "traditional family" propaganda.