Trading My Contraceptive Kit for the Real Thing

by Ashley Generallo In 2005 I graduated college. I didn’t have anything really impressive to say when people asked me about my future plans. No, I didn’t have a job lined up. No, my psychology/women studies degree didn’t make me qualified for any particular job in any particular field. But I did know one thing… Read more »

Lies My Abstinence Teacher Told Me

By Bill TavernerOne in 10 “abstinent” teens has a sexually transmitted infection. Yes, one in 10 teens that says he or she is abstinent has a sexually transmitted infection. This statistical anomaly comes from a news story reported in the Washington Times.  It sounds strange, but it really shouldn’t be surprising to know that teens… Read more »

A metaphor for Thanksgiving at a Sex Ed Conference

cross-posted from with permission from Susie Wilson. BY SUSIE WILSON NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM SEX MATTERS This Thanksgiving I am focusing my gratitude on the recent two-day Sex Ed Conference organized by the Center for Family Life Education (CFLE), the education arm of Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey. The CFLE has been a leader in the field… Read more »

Interview with Eva Goldfarb, Winner of the 2010 Golden Brick Award

Every year, The CSE honors an outstanding leader in sexuality education with the Golden Brick Award. Named in honor of legendary sexuality educator Peggy Brick, the award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of sexuality education both in New Jersey and throughout the nation. We are delighted to… Read more »

Check out the Sex Ed Conference

Nothing to read here…we’re too busy preparing for The CFLE’s Sex Ed Conference!  But the conference program is online and there is plenty of reading there!   See:

The CSE’s 10 Favorite Sights!

compiled by Ashley Generallo Going to be in the New York/New Jersey area sometime soon (maybe for a great sex ed conference, hint hint!)? While you are here, you might as well enjoy some sexy activities in the area. Take a look at the CSE’s 10 favorite sights to see…in no particular order. 1. Have… Read more »

Learning about Choice

by Colleen Lord Contributing to The CFLE blog has been great fun for me. If you’ve read any of my blog posts, then you have probably learned a few things about me and my family. It’s become a running joke that I can’t write a post without incorporating myself or my family in some way…. Read more »

Take Action for Comprehensive Sex Ed!

The National Sex Ed Week of Action starts on Monday, September 20 and runs through Sunday, September 26. This year, the action week is all about promoting comprehensive sex education and ending harmful abstinence-only programs. The goals of the National Week of Action are: Gather grassroots support to celebrate PREP sex ed funding and show… Read more »

OMG: Text talking and media scare tactics

by Robin Slaw I recently ran into a CNN article about teen use of text talk. It was a pretty scary article, one that would make me afraid of what my teens were doing if I wasn’t fairly savvy about social media and texting. It’s the kind of article that my 77-year-old mother will forward… Read more »

“Catching” Your Kid Playing Doctor

This month, The CFLE will be concentrating on posts with a theme of “Back To School”. We’re starting off with this wonderful post by Dr. Marty Klein, reprinted with permission from his blog at  As we launch children into the world, whether as educators sending our students on to their next school or next… Read more »

It Takes a Village: Is it Parenting or Interfering?

by Alethea Thompson Lincoln Heights is one of my favorite American drama series to watch with my family… and by myself! The show is about a police officer, Eddie Sutton, who moves his African American family back to the inner-city neighbor where he grew up. He struggles to balance safety and happiness and to teach… Read more »

We’re Really Boring…A Job Just Like Any Other

“You Do What?” Small Talk with Colleen Lord “Who knew the what do you do question could cause so much thought?” “You get home pretty early… you must work nearby, right?” I was standing on my front lawn making small talk with my neighbor. We just moved into our new home a few months ago… Read more »

Summer & Drinking & Sex, Oh, My!

by Robin Slaw and Nicole Gallo We are Nicole Gallo, a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University, interning at Planned Parenthood this summer, and Robin Slaw, a sexual health educator with Planned Parenthood. After a discussion about the premiere of Jersey Shore last week, we wanted to write an article about alcohol and sex and how… Read more »

My Experience While Attending the Male Health Educator Training Institute

by Orlando Perez, CFLE Male Health Educator The Male Health Educator Training Institute is an annual intensive week-long seminar sponsored by the Federal Office of Family Planning in Washington, DC, to support the continuing commitment to male reproductive health. The Institute is designed to provide health educators across the nation with a comprehensive knowledge of… Read more »

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 »