How to Talk to Kids about Pride Month
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by Emmalinda MacLean
1M ago
Adapted from an address to an elementary school assembly My first pride, I was four years old, and my parents and older brother and I were going to march in our city’s pride parade with our church. And it was fabulous! I mean we were IN a PARADE. I helped color in my family’s sign. There were rainbows everywhere, and people in fabulous dresses, feather boas, balloons, so much glitter. So fun. And my parents were putting sunscreen on me and my brother in the parking lot, and they stopped, and they asked us “kids, do you know why we have a gay pride parade?” and I was four, so no, I didn’t. I wa ..read more
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“Can You Get An STI If Both People Have Never Had Sex???” —a question box answer by Dr. Joanna Palmieri
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by Dr. Joanna Palmieri
2M ago
So the short answer has to start with, ”How do you define having sex?” Sex encompasses the physical activity between people that involves touching each other’s genitals. That touching can happen in many different ways including genital to genital, anus or mouth, as well as fingers and even objects. All of these can lead to the transmission of an STI or sexually transmitted infection, so let’s define that while we are at it. An STI results from the exchange of infected bodily fluids or skin cells. Bodily fluids including semen as well as pre-ejaculate, vaginal fluids and blood. Other STIs ..read more
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How To Talk With Your Kids About Porn, a book review by Beth Rendeiro
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by Beth Rendeiro
5M ago
How to Talk With Your Kids About Porn, a Sex in Space book, is something all of us should read. Although the term “porn”, referring to pornography, is in the title…and we do learn a lot about the current state of porn…the most important takeaway from this book is its emphasis on the need for communicating with young people. This is a book that’s accessible, non-judgmental, inclusive and fun to read. It offers a how-to format that guides us step-by-step toward becoming better communicators about sex, sexuality, media literacy and porn. There are a lot of hard things in the world that kids, tee ..read more
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March 4th is Human Papillomavirus (HPV) International Awareness Day– by Joanna Palmieri, M.D.
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by Dr. Joanna Palmieri
5M ago
 It’s unbelievable that since 2018 a mere virus has been given its very own day of awareness. There are quite a few reasons why and here some very important HPV facts to mention: Absolutely every single human being is at risk of becoming infected with HPV. The prospect of a high-risk HPV infection progressing to cancer is about 10%, even though about half of HPV infections are from high-risk strains. There are approximately 13 million Americans infected with HPV annually. The human papillomavirus is indeed a sexually transmitted infection (STI). HPV is spread by close skin to ..read more
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The Smell of a Vagina
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by Dr. Joanna Palmieri
5M ago
by Joanna Palmieri, M.D. Let’s face it, not many people really want to talk about the smell of a vagina. Yet it is, after all, just another body part that deserves to be talked about. So here we go! The vagina has many different smells that can indicate a wide range of conditions; which could be healthy, or require evaluation and treatment, or signal different stages in our lives, or are affected by what we consume, the activities we engage in, and even our hygiene practices. It is essential to normalize open dialogue about  the vagina and its composition, just like we talk about our mou ..read more
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Welcome our Featured Blogger--Dr. Joanna Palmieri
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by Dr. Joanna Palmieri
5M ago
Our new volunteer team member, Dr. Joanna Palmieri, she/her, is a dedicated Obstetrician/Gynecologist bringing a wealth of experience and compassion to her work in the medical field. Dr. Palmieri will be regularly contributing to our blog and newsletter addressing the need for parents and caregivers to equip youth with the knowledge and confidence to advocate for their own sexual health care.  Dr. Palmieri completed her residency training at UCLA and began the first phase of her career in private practice. The foundation of her treatment centered on creating open and non-judgmental space ..read more
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We are Committed to Fighting Anti-Trans Disinformation
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by Feliks Eskilson
6M ago
 by Feliks Eskilson, He/They, Client Program Coordinator and Facilitator  It’s a rough time to be transgender (trans) in the US. It’s not that it hasn’t been before, but these last few years have made it particularly difficult (especially if you live in a “red state,” and even more especially if you’re under 18). Trans rights, and queer rights in general, are under attack to an alarming degree. More than 500 bills targeting the rights of LGBTQIA+ people were introduced in 2023. And seeing the direction things have been going, there’s so much at stake for queer rights in 2024. So muc ..read more
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Making Connections and Making an Impact
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by Emmalinda MacLean
8M ago
By Emmalinda MacLean, Director of Curriculum and Instruction I love what I do. I’m grateful every day to have meaningful work that I know benefits young people, even when it’s hard. Sometimes it can be challenging to have such a short amount of time with a class; relationship building is immeasurably valuable to education, and we often don’t get to know the students the same way their regular teachers do. But it’s beautiful to see the impact we can have, even with just a few sessions, and to know that those messages will last for years—even decades—after we’ve left their campus. Here’s a shor ..read more
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Bodily Autonomy is a Fundamental Human Right
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by Jill Herbertson
9M ago
Teaching Bodily Autonomy Is Real Child Protection Some of the most important work of More Than Sex-Ed is facilitating conversations with young children about body autonomy and consent. In our sessions, kids learn that their body is their own and that they can make choices about what happens to them. We help children develop an understanding of autonomy so that they recognize that they are unique, independent and capable. Children have a right to live free from physical acts, such as touch, to which they do not consent. And to reinforce the right to bodily autonomy in all the spaces that childr ..read more
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Join Us In Person! Saturday, November 18th, 2-3pm Yoga Fundraiser
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by Alix Kelsey
9M ago
Laughing Frog Studio in West LA 12217 Santa Monica Blvd #205, Los Angeles, CA 90025 Please join us for a donation yoga class benefitting More Than Sex-Ed on Saturday, November 18th. The class will be from 2-3pm, and after from 3-3:30pm please join us for complimentary tea and cookies. This yoga class is open level, meaning everyone is welcome and encouraged to come, whether this is your 1st class or 100th class. The class will be contact-free (unless consented) and focused on loving connection of mind, breath, and body. We encourage you to bring your own yoga mat if you have one, or you are w ..read more
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