The narrative around sexuality education is one of disease, danger and risk.
The messages that adolescents receive from sexuality education classes are frequently negative. It's time for the curriculum to become more empowering for learners and teachers.
There are very few spaces in which girls can discuss menstruation or ask questions about it.
Menstruation is a fact of life – but in many parts of Africa, it's something that young women dread. A South African research group is working to change this.
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New research questions whether claims of a 'national sex revolution' in China are actually nothing of the sort.
For some teens, pornography is sex ed.
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Pornography has implications for public health, but scholars need to think critically about the issue and look past rhetoric.
Its attitude to porn and anal sex suggests the government would benefit from some sex ed classes too.
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Asking patients about sexual matters is universally recognized as an important part of collecting a patient’s medical history. But many physicians don't take sexual histories from their patients.
Sexting is a co-authored, negotiated experience that can empower young people.
There has been something of a moral panic around sexting – but research suggests that it can create safe, empowering spaces for young people exploring their sexuality.
LNP MP George Christensen has been vociferous in his opposition to the Safe Schools program.
The damaging polarisation around queer issues in Australian politics is out of step with community sentiment.
Many babies are born with a genetic variant that leads to ambiguous sexual development.
Many babies are born with a genetic variant that can result in the child being neither a typical boy or girl. There has been considerable debate about whether the child should be treated.
About 80% of homophobic and transphobic incidents that young people experience take place in schools.
About 80% of students experience some kind of gender-based bullying in their primary and high school years. But research shows that teachers often fail to intervene or are not equipped to deal with it.
The Tribhangi Dance Company performs Circles and Squares at the South African Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg.
South Africa's foremost contemporary dance festival is celebrating its 28th birthday in 2016. It has remained relevant, vital and – despite the format's esoteric nature – hugely popular.
Despite challenges, Indonesia’s LGBT community continues to fight for its rights.
A recent onslaught against gays and lesbians in Indonesia shows a fresh wave of moral panic over homosexuality in the world's most populous Muslim country.
The Safe Schools Coalition aims to help students deal with a broad range of sexual identities.
Safe Schools Coalition has been the focus of hot debate, but there is little evidence to support the anxieties around its mission.
Moralising commentaries about the Safe Schools Coalition are dangerously out of touch.
Moralising commentaries about the Safe Schools Coalition are out of touch with social research about gender and the realities of the ways that young people understand their own sexual and gender identities.
Topless women gather near Iceland’s parliament in 2015 for the Free the Nipple campaign.
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What is often overlooked in discussions about the sexual appeal of breasts is that they have not always been regarded as irresistibly attractive in all points in history and across all cultures.
Sexual consent is not a one-off “yes” or “no”.
Young people need to learn how to discuss, negotiate and articulate their own sexual desires and boundaries, and to respect those of others.
Sexuality is proving a destructive issue for the church.
There was a time when virginity was a disease, and sex (preferably marital) was the only lasting solution.
John James Audubon’s American Flamingo (1838).
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The alleged sexual incompatibility of the heterosexual couple is not actually new.
Some 32 surveys of sexual practice conducted between 1921 and 1995 found that women tend not to have orgasms during penile-vaginal sex. And yet men's and women's magazines continue to offer 'lessons'.