Sex Ed in the News

 Parents in San Diego Continue to Protest Sex Ed Curriculum

We’ve linked in the past to stories of parents in the San Diego Unified School District calling for a suspension of the present sex ed curriculum. The unrest continues, and parents in the district have created an online petition calling for the program’s suspension. At the time of this writing, the petition has already garnered over 1,000 signatures.

Controversy in Massachusetts Over Lack of an Opt-In Option

In Massachusetts, the Senate has passed a bill in favor of a more comprehensive sex ed program that would be provided to students as young as 12. Some of the instructional materials approved by state education officials were created by Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. Some are incensed over the lack of an amendment that would give parents opt-in power (versus opt-out).

Teen Vogue Boycott Proposed After the Publication of an Anal Sex Guide

In the past year or so, Teen Vogue has shown itself to be at the forefront of serious journalism that provides its readers with the information they need. Recently, they found themselves in the midst of the the usual sex ed arguments when they published a guide to anal sex, intended for teenagers. In response, those who believe the content is inappropriate for the magazine’s teen readers have been calling for a boycott of the publication.

Pornhub Expands Its Sex Ed Offerings

Pornhub’s move, earlier this year, to launch a sex education portal on their website had a whole lot of people talking. More recently, the adult entertainment site launched “Old School,” a sex ed video and campaign geared toward people in retirement communities and nursing homes. The campaign is intended to teach viewers about safer sex practices and sexual techniques for aging bodies.

Trump Administration Cuts Funding for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

The Trump administration has cut $213.6 million in funding to teen pregnancy prevention programs and research at more than 80 institutions around the country, including Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Johns Hopkins University. This move ends five-year grants awarded by the Obama administration that were intended to find scientifically valid ways to help teenagers make healthy decisions and avoid unwanted pregnancies.