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A ‘No Touch’ Policy Makes No Sense.

Whether a firm and written policy or an unspoken rule,  prohibiting touch is just no good. A Toronto girls hockey league has told coaches they can’t touch players on the bench.  It’s a zero-tolerance policy and I have zero tolerance for it. Sexual abuse of kids in sports is real. We have begun to face … Continue Reading »

Talking about sexuality in the Waldorf world

I recently spent two days at a New York State Waldorf school.  I know a bit about the Waldorf educational movement.  I have some friends who were Waldorf educated and know folks who chose it for their own kids.  While I don’t choose it for my children, I appreciate this thoughtful approach taken by others.  … Continue Reading »

The Ins and Outs of Keeping a Hoohoo Healthy

One of the interesting/challenging side effects of having Sexplainer is spam.  Last week that meant an email promoting Healthy Hoohoo. That’s right – available in a wipe, foamer or wash.  It’s gluten-free (!) and apparently removes hoohoo odour causing bacteria. Healthy Hoohoo hogwash, I say. Women struggle to have healthy relationships with their Hoohoos and … Continue Reading »

Helping kids notice sexuality and sexualization.

Spring weather.  I love it. Flip-flops are here and people are striping off their winter clothes and are showing more skin. Getting rid of the Michelin Man look of winter apparel is something that I’ve always really liked.  I like seeing the shapes of bodies.  I like seeing shoulders. I like seeing tattoos. I like … Continue Reading »

What I wish I had known when I entered puberty

I’ve written before about G Day for Girls and it’s concept to celebrate and empower girls ages 10-12 as they transition into adolescence.  The event was a few days ago and it was pretty awesome.  I’ve written about puberty before but I thought I would share with all of you the top 10 list that … Continue Reading »

Hair. Here, There, Everywhere.

I’ve been thinking about hair lately.  Perhaps I’m thinking about hair because I have a lot of it right now.  I can date photos based on hair length (and increasing amounts of grey hair or the need for hats) since every few years for the last 25 I’ve cut off all my hair and eventually … Continue Reading »

Sexually Transmitted Infection Campaigns that Promote Sex. YES.

I sometimes wonder if I downplay the risks of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) when I talk to kids about sex and to parents about sex-positive parenting. It’s not that I don’t want people understanding that STIs are a real risk.  It’s just that protecting ourselves requires more than a condom.  It requires a belief that … Continue Reading »