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Unhushed is now a member of the World Association of Sexual Health!

Unhushed is now a member of the World Association of Sexual Health!

When I first learned about the World Association of Sexual Health (WAS) when I was teaching at the college level, I fell in love with their ethics, drive, and approach to sexuality at the global level. My initial introduction was through their Declaration of Sexual Rights, on which I have based many a curricular activity! Since then, I’ve…

Camping, Dancing, and Gender Roles

Camping, Dancing, and Gender Roles

This weekend I was at an annual camping/swing dancing/swimming event that is a favored April event in our household. Some 250 – 300 people show up and put on the greatest party and potluck you could imagine! This year there were two aspects of the event that stood out to me: 1.  Swing dancing is a…

Talking Together: Get a Foot in the Door, Not a Door in the Face

As humans we communicate in many different ways and as technology changes our communication pathways will expand and become easier but complicated at the same time. What do I mean by that? With the rise of texting and social media it lessens the need for a key component to communication: speaking. Even though technology has…

I Don’t Know!

I Don't Know!

In their 2014 book, Think Like a Freak, Stephen Levitt and Stephen Dubner claimed that the three hardest words in the English Language to say are “I don’t know.” This isn’t the wildest claim to make. If knowledge is power, then admitting you don’t know something can seem akin to a pro wrestler climbing into…

The holidays have arrived!

The holidays have arrived!

The warm yummmies that come with the holiday season are so many, unless they aren’t. I love the holidays, for many reasons. The most prominent for me is the realization that the days are going to start getting longer again and the warm spring is something to look forward to. For me, the celebrations of seasonal…

Let’s Talk About Sex….With Teenagers!

Let's Talk About Sex....With Teenagers!

Let’s Talk About Sex! Now, when most of us read those four words together our minds automatically start singing the Salt-N-Pepa song from the early 90’s. Hey, if that helps you think about sex then I say sing it loud and sing it proud!   What I’m talking about is Breaking the Hush Factor: Ten…

Caring Before Sharing

Caring Before Sharing

In the spring of 2009, I was a junior in high school and cable news anchors were warning parents about the dangers of sexting. For me, this was just another tech threat that my parents didn’t need to worry about, though they probably still would.  The internet and I grew up together, with the first…

Breaking the Hush Factor on the radio and in the library!

Breaking the Hush Factor on the radio and in the library!

I couldn’t be more thrilled that Breaking the Hush Factor is getting onto the radio and into libraries! Here’s the radio interview I had with Katie Vitale from Issues for Your Tissues last week: Getting a book onto the shelves of a library involves the love, dedication, and thoughtful attention of a special breed of librarians…

Sisyphean parenting

Sisyphean parenting

The iconic Zits comic strip, by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman, recently depicted the act of parenting a teenager as similar to the apparent curse bestowed on Sisyphus, rolling the same boulder up a hill, over and over again only to have it roll back down again. This delights me, because I made a similar…

Breaking the Scare Factor

Breaking the Scare Factor

The blog posts written about adolescent sexual activity are overwhelming designed to scare, scare, scare parents. I can’t imagine any other reason why someone would write something as littered with misleading information and terror inducing generalizations as Growing Up Fast: Why 12-Year-Old Girls Are Having Sex Rougher, Earlier. Before I dive into the issues in the…

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