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Issues related to adolescent sexuality for Stanford Hum Bio Course. Please note that I do not necessarily endorse the viewpoint of any article posted here, but rather want you to pay attention to how various issues related to sexuality are covered in the media. Please send links to any topics or points of view that seem to be missing here.
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What the Movies Taught Me About Being a Woman - The New York Times

What the Movies Taught Me About Being a Woman - The New York Times | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
One of the most ravishing kisses in movies is in “The Quiet Man,” a John Ford classic. Maureen O’Hara plays an Irish villager who falls for John Wayne’s Irish-American stranger. They first see each other while she’s tending sheep barefoot, and initially, they mostly trade searching looks. But one night he finds that this willful woman has sneaked into his house. She runs for the door. He pulls her to him. They scuffle and, as he holds her right arm behind her back, her left arm goes limp. He leans down to kiss her, enfolding her. It’s exquisite; some might call it rapey.

I was a movie-struck kid, and I learned much from watching the screen, including things about men and women that I later had to unlearn or learn to ignore. I learned that women needed to be protected, controlled and left at home. I learned that men led, women followed. And so, although I loved Fred Astaire, I merely liked his greatest dance partner, Ginger Rogers. I was charmed by her sly smile and dazzled by the curve of her waist as she bent in his embrace. But I saw her as a woman in the great man’s arms, a message I didn’t learn just from films.
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Why are we scared to talk about periods?

Why are we scared to talk about periods? | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
Julissa Arce is joined by Nadya Okamoto, author of the book Period Power, to discuss stigmatization around menstruation and the various ways in which policies surrounding access to tampons & pads could help change the ways women and those who menstruate navigate through the world.
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A Recent Sports Bra Suspension At Rowan University Has Gotten Female Athletes Outraged

UPDATE: Following the publication of this article, Rowan University administration has released a statement ending the sports bra ban and a statement regarding the usage of athletic facilities by the Cross Country team.

If you're running in a sports bra, then you must be asking for it, right? Well, according to a football player at Rowan University, this is true.

I'll have you know the real reason women run in sports bras, and it's not to show off our hard-earned abs. Women, whether they have a six-pack or not, run in sports bras because, quite frankly, it's hot outside. We run in sports bras because our workouts are demanding, challenging, and vigorous.
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Betsy DeVos Proposes Enhanced Protection For Students Accused Of Sexual Assault : NPR

Betsy DeVos Proposes Enhanced Protection For Students Accused Of Sexual Assault : NPR | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced sweeping rules on how colleges handle cases of sexual assault and harassment that she says will fix a "failed" and "shameful" system that has been unfair to accused students. In what the administration is calling a "historic process," the proposed rules aim to significantly enhance legal protections for the accused and reflect a sentiment expressed by President Trump that men are unfairly being presumed guilty. More than a year in the making, the rules replace Obama-era policies on how to implement Title IX, the law barring gender discrimination in schools that get federal funding.

The new rules are drawing both applause and anger.

Among the most significant changes is that schools can make it harder to prove allegations by raising the level of proof needed. Instead of requiring only a "preponderance of the evidence," as the Obama administration had directed, schools could demand "clear and convincing evidence." And many schools may well be forced to raise the bar, since the regulations also require that the standard for students be the same as that used for faculty and staff.
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Trump admin announces abstinence-focused overhaul of teen pregnancy program

Trump admin announces abstinence-focused overhaul of teen pregnancy program | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it

The Trump administration will shift federal funding aimed at reducing teen pregnancy rates to programs that teach abstinence. 
 
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Friday the availability of grants through the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, (TPPP) a grant program created under former President Obama that funds organizations and programs working to reduce teen pregnancy rates. 
 
Trump's HHS announced, however, that unlike under the Obama administration, grants will be geared toward organizations that teach abstinence education to teens instead of the comprehensive sex ed approach the previous administration supported. 

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Jonah Hill interview: Mid90s director explains racial, homophobic slurs, sex scene.

Jonah Hill interview: Mid90s director explains racial, homophobic slurs, sex scene. | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
“At the end of the day, I’m not a moralist. I respect the audience too much to tell them what to think.”
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The Threat of HHS Excluding Trans and Intersex People

The Threat of HHS Excluding Trans and Intersex People | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
A report that the Trump administration plans to define gender based on the appearance of infants runs counter to developmental biology and individual privacy.
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Women aren't a monolith – and the white women supporting Kavanaugh prove it | US news | The Guardian

Women aren't a monolith – and the white women supporting Kavanaugh prove it | US news | The Guardian | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
White women are as likely to believe Kavanaugh as they are Christine Blasey Ford, polls have found, continuing a long pattern of voting Republican
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Another Guy Who Isn't A "Sex Addict"

Another Guy Who Isn't A "Sex Addict" | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
He was 50, married, and he had all the symptoms of “sex addiction.” Let’s call him Joe.

As he travelled the country lecturing (he was a pioneering ear surgeon), he’d hire an escort to spend the night with him. He’d lie about it to his wife, of course. He became a regular—or rather he had a few “regulars”—in cities he visited frequently, such as Chicago and St. Louis. What had started 12 years ago as an occasional treat eventually became a virtual necessity.

While he wanted to be an attentive father and husband, he worked long hours and was emotionally distant from his sons and his wife. His sexual desire for her was erratic—sometimes overwhelming her, other times leaving her disappointed and confused. Always a frequent masturbator, he became a devoted consumer of online pornography. He put up profiles on Match.com and OKCupid, although it was only to cruise, never to actually hook up.

He eventually got caught. The escorts were the big headline of course, an institutionalized, long-term infidelity that completely outraged his stunned wife. But once the matter was opened, his over-involvement with porn, the mercurial desire for his wife that seemed not quite personally connected to her, his periodic inappropriate comments to waitresses, flight attendants, and baristas, all became fair game for her angry and frightened outbursts.

“I love you, which for me is simple,” she said bitterly. “What’s wrong with you?” For once, he told the truth: “I love you, but for me, that’s complicated,” he said.

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Deborah Copaken: My Rapist Apologized

Deborah Copaken: My Rapist Apologized | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
The Kavanaugh allegations led me to reach out to the man who had assaulted me decades before.
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Why More Women Are Speaking Up About Brett Kavanaugh

Why More Women Are Speaking Up About Brett Kavanaugh | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
Deborah Ramirez joins Christine Blasey Ford in coming forward with allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh. Their bravery continues to expand the boundaries of what kinds of stories must be taken seriously in the #MeToo era.
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Some verbs for the Kavanaugh discussion, conjugated by gender

Some verbs for the Kavanaugh discussion, conjugated by gender | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
He is drinking; he is drunk; he was drunk.
He is just 17; he was just 17.
Remember that he is just a kid; remember that he was just a kid; you must remember he was just a kid.
He cannot know what he is doing; he could not know what he was doing; he cannot have known what he was doing.
See your way clear to letting this go; you must see your way clear to letting this go.
He has his future ahead of him; he had his future ahead of him.
This will ruin his life; this is going to ruin his life.
He makes a mistake; he made a mistake; people make mistakes; mistakes were made.
He did something; she had something done to her; something happened.
These things happen.

She is drinking; she is drunk; she was drunk.
She is 15; she was 15.
She is putting herself in this position; she put herself in that position.
She should know better; she should have known better.
She must think about his future; she must think about her future.
She must say nothing; she will say nothing; she says nothing; she said nothing.
What happens here will stay here; what happens here stays here; what happens here stays.
She carries this; she will carry this.
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Les Moonves’s CBS exit: the myth of uncontrollable male desire

Les Moonves’s CBS exit: the myth of uncontrollable male desire | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
“The idea that men can’t control their desires has always been a pervasive narrative,” Joan C. Williams, a law professor at UC Hastings College of the Law and an expert on issues facing women in the workplace, told Vox. “It’s been a standard brick in the wall protecting men against allegations of not only sexual harassment but also rape.”

While women are expected to control themselves or face serious consequences — see, for instance, the penalties leveled against Serena Williams during this year’s US Open finals — powerful men routinely plead powerlessness over their own urges. This narrative forces women to take responsibility for avoiding men’s advances, and leads to victim blaming when their efforts at avoidance fail.
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Mass Psychogenic Illness: The Latest Make-Believe Cause of Transgender Identity

Last week, Psychology Today published an article entitled “Why Is Transgender Identity on the Rise Among Teens?” Most contemporary trans health professionals will tell you that such increases should not be such a surprise, as the reduction in societal stigma and increasing transgender awareness has simply made it possible for kids who would have been forced to remain closeted and repress their feelings during past generations (such as my own) to now openly explore and express their genders — I discuss this in detail (along with a helpful analogy to the relatively recent rise in left-handedness) in my essay Transgender Agendas, Social Contagion, Peer Pressure, and Prevalence. Unfortunately, Samuel Veissière (the author of the Psychology Today article) doesn’t even consider this possibility. Instead, he turns the “inciting moral panic” dial up to eleven, as we’ve seen far too often from pop-science and op-ed writers lately.
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Tarana Burke: Me Too is a movement, not a moment | TED Talk

Tarana Burke: Me Too is a movement, not a moment | TED Talk | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
In 2006, Tarana Burke was consumed by a desire to do something about the sexual violence she saw in her community. She took out a piece of paper, wrote "Me Too" across the top and laid out an action plan for a movement centered on the power of empathy between survivors. More than a decade later, she reflects on what has since become a global movement -- and makes a powerful call to dismantle the power and privilege that are building blocks of sexual violence. "We owe future generations nothing less than a world free of sexual violence," she says. "I believe we can build that world."
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“Who Gets to Live in Victimville?”: Why I Participated in a New Docuseries on The Clinton Affair | Monica Lewinsky

“Who Gets to Live in Victimville?”: Why I Participated in a New Docuseries on The Clinton Affair | Monica Lewinsky | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
Reliving the events of 1998 was traumatic, yes—but also worth it, if it helps another young person avoid being “That Woman”-ed.
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Young People Are Having Less Sex

Young People Are Having Less Sex | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it

These should be boom times for sex.

The share of Americans who say sex between unmarried adults is “not wrong at all” is at an all-time high. New cases of HIV are at an all-time low. Most women can—at last—get birth control for free, and the morning-after pill without a prescription.

If hookups are your thing, Grindr and Tinder offer the prospect of casual sex within the hour. The phrase If something exists, there is porn of it used to be a clever internet meme; now it’s a truism. BDSM plays at the local multiplex—but why bother going? Sex is portrayed, often graphically and sometimes gorgeously, on prime-time cable. Sexting is, statistically speaking, normal.

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'Rethinking Sex, Power, And Consent On Campus' : NPR

'Rethinking Sex, Power, And Consent On Campus' : NPR | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it

Journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis, author of 'Blurred Lines,' says one of the challenges when it comes to handling sexual assault cases on college campuses is that there isn't a universally agreed-upon definition of what sexual assault is. She spent three years reporting on college campuses for the book. Grigoriadis talks about the Kavanaugh hearings, rape culture, and how she sees the national conversation about sexual assault shifting.
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The Trump administration’s latest anti-transgender action, explained

The Trump administration’s latest anti-transgender action, explained | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
President Donald Trump’s administration is working on yet another anti-LGBTQ policy, the New York Times reported over the weekend.

According to Erica Green, Katie Benner, and Robert Pear at the Times, Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering an interpretation of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans sex discrimination in federally funded schools, that “would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with.” (This would defy the scientific and medical evidence embraced by major organizations like the American Medical Association and American Psychiatric Association.)

HHS is the primary agency working on the draft proposal, but other agencies, including the departments of Education, Justice, and Labor, are expected to adopt it as well should the administration move forward with the change. It’s not clear when that will be, although the Times reported that HHS “is preparing to formally present the new definition to the Justice Department before the end of the year.”
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It’s Time to Talk About Robot Gender Stereotypes

It’s Time to Talk About Robot Gender Stereotypes | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
Perhaps the biggest issue—yet most subtle—is gender. How gender biases manifest in the design of voice assistants is well-worn territory. Research shows that users tend to like a male voice when an authoritative presence is needed and a female voice when receiving helpful guidance. Scientists are just beginning to consider how these gender biases materialize in physical robots.

Robots don’t have genders—they’re metal and plastic and silicon, and filled with ones and zeroes. Gender is a complicated mix of biology, which robots don’t have, and how we feel about that biology, feelings that robots also lack. Yet we are already finding ways to mirror our social problems in our robots. One study, for instance, found that participants judged a robot programmed to perform security work as more masculine, while they judged the same robot instead programmed for guidance to be more feminine (echoing the gender preferences toward voice assistants). The danger is that robot makers, consciously or not, may exploit gender stereotypes to try to make their machines more effective—designing a receptionist robot to be more feminine and therefore more “welcoming,” or a security robot to be more broad-shouldered and therefore more “authoritative.”

It doesn’t have to be this way. Robots could just as easily be used to confront, and begin changing, those stereotypes. “It'd be great if somehow we could use robots as a tool to better understand ourselves, and maybe even influence some positive change,” says Carpenter. “Globally, the social movement we're moving towards is equality. So why go backwards? Why refer to gender norms from the 1960s?”
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One Year of #MeToo: What Women’s Speech Is Still Not Allowed to Do

One Year of #MeToo: What Women’s Speech Is Still Not Allowed to Do | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
During the past year, I have grown increasingly uneasy with a fairly common bit of semantic slippage: in headlines, in think pieces, and on social media, many people use the phrases “#MeToo movement” and “#MeToo moment” interchangeably, without acknowledging the gulf between them. Is #MeToo—this jagged, brutal, contentious, and profound collective reckoning with the extent to which men have been allowed to abuse their power—an epochal shift toward a better and more equal society? Or is it fleeting—a piece of time that we can record and later revisit, but that we could never, in this country, under a twenty-times-accused-of-sexual-misconduct President, make last?
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The rape culture of the 1980s, explained by Sixteen Candles

The rape culture of the 1980s, explained by Sixteen Candles | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
The beloved romantic comedy’s date rape scene provides important context for the Brett Kavanaugh accusations.
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Julie Chen-Moonves and the Meaning of a Wife’s Loyalty

Julie Chen-Moonves and the Meaning of a Wife’s Loyalty | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
Doreen St. Félix writes about Julie Chen’s defense of her husband, Leslie Moonves, the former head of CBS, and the role of women who remain loyal to their disgraced husbands in the era of #MeToo.
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Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong

Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
For decades, the medical community has ignored mountains of evidence to wage a cruel and futile war on fat people, poisoning public perception and ruining millions of lives. It's time for a new approach to this health epidemic.
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Brett Kavanaugh assault allegation: The locker room is now the bedroom.

Brett Kavanaugh assault allegation: The locker room is now the bedroom. | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
The locker room is now the locked bedroom.
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