Talking about our reproductive health can help end the taboos and stigma around sex and contraception.
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.
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.
After Kakenya Ntaiya achieved her own education goals, she decided to go back to Kenya and give back to her rural community by redefining what girls’ lives should look like. So, in 2009, she started a school where girls could be girls, not wives.
(So do students in schools across the country.)
Sex education can be a life-saving and-changing form of violence prevention. I want this—not just for my daughters, but for all young people like them. And I’m not alone.
“I think that’s really why I do what I do—because I am so angry at not being told about sex.”
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.
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.”
Molly-Margaret Johnson got home from work one night with a strange feeling down there. She reached into her underwear—and, five seconds and a few fingers later, pulled out a condom. Mortified, she threw away the offending item and texted the guy. Then she posted about the whole ordeal on Instagram.