Rest in Power: Betty Dodson, Who Continues to Inspire Us to Own the Joy of Our Bodies

Iconic feminist sex educator Betty Dodson—the godmother of female masturbation—passed away late last year at the age 91.

When I interviewed many of the women who had known her, and were truly inspired by her over the years, it became apparent to me that she had always been this force of nature, so powerful in her enthusiastic embrace of a woman’s innate right to own her erotic power that she convinced her own mother to pose naked for her at the beginning of her career as an erotic artist.

WATCH: AMAZE Breaks Down Abortion in a New Child-Friendly Video—PLUS a Q&A with AMAZE’s Tracie Gilbert

On the heels of oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo—a Supreme Court case that many fear may signal the beginning of the end of Roe v. Wade—comes a new video geared toward young people that talks honestly and openly about abortion. Upon the release of this video, Ms. sat down for with Tracie Q. Gilbert, co-founder of AMAZE.org, who breaks down the motivation behind the video and the need for open, honest, shame-free communication on the topic of abortion.

I Don’t Want to Seek Out Sex Ed Online Anymore

The Internet’s power to foster safe communities and help educators provide free and easily accessible information about sexuality is great. I’m glad resources exist for people who need them, especially in the current landscape where sex ed is so politicized. But online resources shouldn’t be a stand-in for bad sex ed policies.

You Are Not Chewed Gum

In partnership with Trojan, Advocates for Youth today will erect a 20-foot activist billboard covered in chewed-up gum speaking truth to power. “You Are Not Chewed Gum,” it will read. “Information Is the Best Protection.”