Towards a True Sex Education

One thing that became clear during the roundtable discussion on Abstinence-only sex education is that it's easy to pin-point what people do wrong when talking about sex. But knowing the right way to speak to our kids about sex can be a daunting task. One mother called into the show wondering about how to present the Theology of the Body to her ten-year-old daughter. My answer, or rather, my non-answer was that Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body was developed over a series of … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes: Complain-a-palooza


  1. Jen writes: "Sometimes I think it would be cathartic to just blow it out and have a Complaining Olympics where we all write posts venting about what we’re struggling with right now, and no caveats allowed. " I think this is an awesome idea. Here goes...   2. Some people look really cute in glasses. I don't think I'm one of those people. Really, I know it's stupid to complain about being blonde (I like my hair, I really do), but it doesn't go well with glasses. I … [Read more...]

Tune in!

At 6 p.m. tonight, I will be on Relevant Radio with Calah Alexander, March Barnes and Sam Rocha talking about Abstinence-only education. Should be a rollicking conversation.   Listen here live to A Closer Look with Sheila Liaugminas. … [Read more...]

Items and Ideas: A Review of Strange Gods by Elizabeth Scalia


I was dropping off a bag of stuff at Goodwill, and another car pulled up behind me. An older lady got out with one very pretty blue sweater in her hands. She gave it a once-over and started towards the drop-off. When she approached me, she held the sweater up. "Do you need a sweater? This would look pretty on you," she said. I was sorry that I did not need the sweater. I was trying to get rid of stuff. "It's a good sweater.  Paid a lot of money for it. It's a shame I can't find anyone … [Read more...]

When in Doubt, Blame the Parents: Do Parents Cause ADHD?–UPDATED (AGAIN)

There's an article circulating from Psychology Today about Why French Kids Don't have ADHD by Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. With a few exceptions, the "share" comes with a comment like "Americans always want the quick fix" or "Parents should learn to say no."  I agree with both of those statements in general. The problem is that neither of them really follow from the evidence presented in the article. Dr. Wedge asks the question: "Is ADHD a biological-neurological disorder? Surprisingly, the answer … [Read more...]

Redeeming Abstinence (Part2)


It's not in vogue to talk about abstinence, for the reasons Calah outlined so well--that the term has been hijacked so that it means different things to different people, and to most people it has a very negative connotation. We live in a culture that doesn't want to tell anyone no. And as Catholics, we are not immune to adopting a mentality that sacrifice and self-denial are somehow in conflict with our dignity as persons. Not true. Christ on the Cross loved sacrifice and self-denial, not … [Read more...]

In Defense of Abstinence (As opposed to abstinence-only education)


Elizabeth Smart's criticism of abstinence-only sex education has set off a firestorm of commentary about purity culture, and how Catholics in particular should think about sex-ed. Calah Alexander has written an impassioned plea to do away with metaphors that imply someone is used up once they've had sex: "If you had sex before marriage, it was like someone took a huge drink of your water, swished it around in their mouths, and then spat it back into the glass. The more sex you had, the … [Read more...]