Getting Sex Ed from Literature

Just to follow on from yesterday's AmCon post about the importance of the liberal arts (and the ensuing discussion over here), I wanted to get a little more specific with a case study.Health classes and sex ed are usually taught in a just-the-facts style.  Here's some slides of various unpleasant diseases, here's a poster assignment to make on various drug subtypes, here's a guide to ways to decrease your chance of infection.  These are certainly germane, but they're hardly the fullness of sa … [Read more...]

Sex Ed is Obviously Meant to Teach…

Last Friday, I was on Sheila Liaugminas's Relevant Radio show ("A Closer Look") with a couple other bloggers from the Catholic channel here (Calah Alexander, Sam Rocha, Betty Duffy).  We all sat down for a roundtable on sex-ed (the mp3 can be found here).The format was a little unconventional.  Instead of Sunday-morning-political-show-style crosstalk, where all the participants speak in dialogue (frequently overlapping dialogue) and question or build on the previous speaker's comments, S … [Read more...]

The Rotten Orange and the Kingslayer

Calah Alexander kicked off a Patheos Catholic-wide conversation about certain kinds of abstinence-only education with "Sloppy Seconds Sex-Ed" and Elizabeth Scalia has been aggregating the responses.  Calah is criticizing specifically the kind of program that sends students (especially women) the message that sex before marriage will leave them used up and worthless. When I heard it, it was glasses of water. Women (and only women, mind you; the boys got a separate talk about cherishing each … [Read more...]

Yes, I am in favor of civil gay marriage!

It looks like folks thought I was being coy in Sunday's post about the knock-on effects of gay marriage.  In fact, I was trying to avoid having the "gay marriage: yay or nay" debate hijack the point I was making: that the advent of gay marriage has made people pause and ask exactly what marriage is instead of embracing or rejecting it in a knee-jerk way.  The argument I was making didn't have the moral stature of gay marriage as a premise, and I wanted it to discuss something orthogonal to the us … [Read more...]

Two Terrible Ways to Have Sex

Eaton of Growing up Goddy has written a much needed jeremiad against a poisonous strain in our rhetoric about sex and consent.  From his essay: In the world I was raised in, most junior high, high school, and perhaps even college students were unlikely to give explicit consent -- even though they were willingly having sex. I don't just mean girls, either -- both men and women in that environment had the lessons of immorality, temptation, and so on drilled into them. Sex was treated as a … [Read more...]

Superpowered Feminism

This was going to be a short post, but there were a lot of good women to link to, so just think of this post as an epic crossover.Perhaps it's not intuitive to go to tumblrs commenting on the questionable anatomy of girls in comic books for smart, incisive commentary on feminism and (sometimes inadvertent) misogyny, but man oh man are you missing out.I follow Escher Girls, a tumblr that collects professional drawings of superheroines that have something terribly wrong with them (the tags … [Read more...]

I’m at First Things today!

Remember the post last week on careers and hookup culture where I eschewed punny titles in favor of non-verbal rage?  Well, I've expanded on some of those ideas and picked up a few new digressions in an essay for First Things's On the Square feature.  My essay is titled "The Sad Secular Monks" and here's a teaser quote: After graduation from college, young adults lose their deadlines. We stop making transitions as a cohort, and are expected to figure out when new stages of life begin on our ow … [Read more...]


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