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Understanding where teens learn about sex and how that influences them can help us find ways to encourage healthy sexual behaviors, such as using condoms and birth control.
Who am I, as an academic, to decide in advance what is or what is not triggering to others?
French painter Paul-Prosper Tillier’s ‘Baigneuses’ (1890).
Most studies on straight girls kissing focus on dorm rooms and dance floors. But one sociologist looks at the development of 'sexual friendships' among women previously ignored like single moms.
But it may be that at some point in the future, coming out will become a thing of the past.
Out and proud: the bisexual pride flag.
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The proportion of young people identifying as lesbian or gay seems to have dropped slightly, but the proportion who identify as bisexual has grown.
Sexuality, since it is imbued with moral panics, has for a long time been used strategically for political purposes.
While Indonesia's Constitutional Court deliberates whether casual sex should be outlawed, the government plans to ban gay dating apps.
The Crossroads program teaches children that gender is neither fixed nor binary.
The Crossroads program provides students with meaningful and accurate information about gender diversity in order to challenge homophobic and transphobic discrimination and violence.
When it comes to children and virtual reality, proceed with caution.
There is no doubt that virtual reality is the next big thing. But for families with young children, it may be wiser to wait a little before leaping headlong into this new reality.
Twenty countries in our region have laws criminalising sex between consenting males.
Our inward focus on marriage equality means Australia is largely absent from efforts to increase respect for LGBTI people in our region.
Don’t blame the media.
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Contrary to common fears, sexy media doesn't seem to have any practical significance for when teens first have sex or start other sexual behaviors.
Family murder was understood as a sign of larger ills.
During the 1980s, press coverage of South African family murders suggested that something was ‘wrong’ with white society – and with the white Afrikaans men who were usually seen as perpetrators.
Günes Sensoy and Ilayda Akdogan in Mustang (2015).
Female sexuality is a powerful, enchanting force in narratives ranging from fairytales to a modern Turkish film. Mustang reminds us that sometimes education can be an alternative to death or marriage.
Students walk in the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) campus in Los Angeles, September 18, 2009.
College students often believe that double standards exist in society, but not in their own minds.
Melbournians rallied outside the Victorian State Library to show support for the Safe Schools program.
As we take necessary steps towards shedding discrimination in relation to marriage in Australia, we must also consider removing it from our legislation.
Seddique Mateen, the father of Omar Mateen, grabs a photographer’s lens at his home.
Orlando shooter Omar Mateen's father has denounced homosexuality, while many say Mateen secretly grappled with his own sexuality. Here's what the research says on the relationship between parents' attitudes, being closeted and being homophobic.
Bissu, or transgender priests, are one of five genders recognized by the Bugis.
Is our gender determined by our bodies or our culture?
Football is now seen as a legitimate sporting pursuit for girls and women.
Playing football demands full-contact physicality. How does celebrating women playing elite level football impact the way gender and sexuality is perceived, experienced and made possible?
Sex ed should be inclusive, empowering, and facilitate ethical sexual relationships.
Good sex ed doesn't lead to early sex, teenage pregnancy and STIs. It protects against them.
An issue for people not interested in sex is created by everyone else’s idea that they should be and that there’s something wrong with them.
Many people aren't interested in having sex or don’t feel sexual attraction to other people. Is it normal to be like this?
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.