Popcorn, TV, & A Sex Ed Chat: What About The Secret Life?

by Robin Slaw Monday evenings for the last few weeks have been a bit exciting in our house. My daughters and I are avid watchers of the ABC Family drama, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, after which we have long and sometimes vehement conversations about those American Teenagers and how they are living… Read more »

2010 CFLE Sex Ed Conference Breaking News!

The Center for Sex Education (CSE) has exciting news about its annual fall conference, scheduled for November 18th and 19th in Somerset, NJ! This year’s two day conference will feature exciting keynote addresses by Dr. Paul Joannides, author of the Guide to Getting It On, Leslie Walker-Hirsch, M. Ed., co-creator of the CIRCLES curriculum series,… Read more »

Am I Normal?

by Colleen Lord Ringgggggg, ringgggggggggggg! RIIIIIINNNNNNGGGGGGGG! That’s the sound of our doorbell ringing off the hook. The kids I see at our center have a habit of pressing and holding down the bell…repeatedly…even if they’ve only been waiting a short while. It’s a daily afternoon ritual; the sound is as pleasant as nails on a… Read more »

Conversation with an LGBT Champion

by Melissa Keyes DiGioia  Today marks the last day of the national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.   President Obama’s proclamation recognizes important aspects of a person’s sexual self:  sexual orientation and gender identity.    In order to gain some perspectives on these important areas of sexuality education, I spoke with an expert, Lis… Read more »

All your answer’s on men’s health just in time for Father’s Day!

In honor of Father’s Day, we thought it would be nice to highlight the health care available to men at our Planned Parenthood clinics. The following interview was conducted with a PPGNNJ Clinic Supervisor and staff nurse. Questions were collected by Robin Slaw, Sexual Health Educator with the Center for Family Life Education, based on… Read more »

Part One: The Interview, coming out on Facebook.

For those that missed my nephew Joe’s blog post last week, he talked about his experience using Facebook as a means to come out. The following is the letter that Joe sent out to his friends and family and an interview that Joe and I had yesterday. It seemed fitting since Joe came out on… Read more »

New media brings new ways to come out…

Last year, Time ran an article in June, during Pride Month, about coming out on Facebook. (See the article here.) In brief, the article discusses how facebook and other social networks have placed the burden of discovery on our “friends” and “followers” easing the burden on the individual to go through the exhaustive process of… Read more »


I attended my first Gay Pride in New York City on June 28, 2009, the year that the LGBTQ community commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. It was a typical hot summer day on Hudson Street in the Village. I was scared, excited, worried and surprised all at once because though I had… Read more »

I’m Getting Too Old for This!

*Note – this submission was submitted by the sexually smarter and CFLE facebook page admin. Why? After talking to Robin about her post “Young Sexpots” – I was reminded of a similar instance my mom faced and wanted to share – plus after doing the editing, posting, linking and typing things like “coordination yimmlefish” to… Read more »

Young Sexpots: All My Single Girls?

by Robin Slaw I’ve been pondering the nature of sexuality lately, and in particular what that means to me as the mother of three adolescents. Recently, one of my daughters brought her laptop over to show me a video of some eight- and nine-year-old girls dancing to “Single Ladies (Put A Ring on It)” by… Read more »

Is It Perfectly Normal? Shhhhh! We’re Speaking of Sex!

Reporting Live from Sweden: Bill Taverner (Where in the World is Bill Taverner?)On Sunday I visited a local Swedish library in search of some free wi fi. It was difficult to find an open table where I could work, since the library was packed. I was surprised, because it was a Sunday. Now that I… Read more »

We Can’t Wish Away Teen Sex!

By Bill Taverner I am in Stockholm, Sweden for the next week, joining Dr. Julie Wilgen, who is here on sabbatical from the University of Delaware, to study sex ed. Both Dr. Wilgen and I were asked by the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education to give a 2-hour lecture on Sex Ed in America. (2… Read more »

My Mother’s Day Gift to Me and My Sweet Girl

By Colleen Lord “If I could just get rid of this pooch.” This is me, circa 1990. It’s after a sleepover with my two best friends who I’ve known forever. My fourteen-year-old self is analyzing my body in the mirror. I was 100 pounds sopping wet at the time, yet that pooch was a huge… Read more »

Sex Education Comes of Age at The CSE!

By Peggy Brick By creating, publishing and promoting the teaching manual, Older, Wiser, Sexually Smarter: 30 Sex Ed Lessons for Adults Only, The Center for Sex Education (CSE) has taken the lead in recognizing the widely unrecognized need for sexuality education for people in mid and later life. While the sexuality education field has long professed… Read more »

Condom Compliance: Why Aren’t All the Adults Doing It?

by Robin Slaw, Sexual Health Educator/Trainer (In this article on condom compliance – Robin touches on the necessity of educating youth on the importance of condoms to and some reasons adults may not use them as well as other issues. Condoms are critical to preventing STIs so this article is perfectly timed to coordinate with… Read more »

Juneau Sex Ed is a Crime?

By Bill Taverner I’ve never been one to want to get arrested. Sure, I’ve spoken my mind when it comes to sexuality education. I’ve written opinion pieces, and I’ve been fortunate to speak to Congress twice, each time extolling the virtues of comprehensive sex ed, while enumerating the problems with abstinence-only-until-marriage education. But, no, I’ve… Read more »

Thinking About Sex (Ed) All the Time: Wearing My Work Hat Home

  by Colleen Lord, CSE Staff   Thank Heavens for Robie Harris (and Bill Taverner!)     The Center for Sex Education (CSE)’s fearless leader Bill Taverner recently made a comment at our staff meeting about how we educators think about sex ed all the time, even on our “off” time. “Bill, I don’t know about… Read more »

Say What?: Sex Slang Goes Viral

by Robin Slaw, Sexual Health Educator/Trainer, The Center for Family Life Education As a Sexual Health Educator/Trainer for the CFLE, I travel across northern New Jersey, presenting on a variety of topics. I am always glad to have the opportunity to interact with students or adults when I go to schools or health fairs and… Read more »


As promised, here are the answers to the quiz posted earlier this week! How many did you get right? 1. Many infants and young children discover that touching their genitals feels good.TRUE. Masturbation, or self-pleasuring (as the behavior is generally referred to in childhood), is common throughout childhood, beginning to occur from the age of… Read more »