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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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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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Louis CK and Matt Lauer: What Do Their Comebacks Mean?

Louis CK and Matt Lauer: What Do Their Comebacks Mean? | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
Last night came news that former Today show anchor Matt Lauer is (again!) plotting his return to television, or at least promised as much to a crowd of worshipful female fans who saw him at a steakhouse and told him how much they’d missed him since he got fired for having inappropriate sexual relationships with less powerful NBC employees. Last night, too, comedian Louis C.K. performed stand-up for the first time since being accused by fellow comedians of masturbating in front of them against their will, women who said they’d been blackballed from their profession after sharing the incident with others. C.K.’s return was reportedly met with a standing ovation before he even opened his mouth.
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Intersex People Want to End Nonconsensual Surgeries. A California Resolution Is Their ‘Warning Shot.’ (Updated)

Intersex People Want to End Nonconsensual Surgeries. A California Resolution Is Their ‘Warning Shot.’ (Updated) | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
UPDATE, August 23, 3:20 p.m.: The California Assembly passed the nonbinding resolution on Thursday. The measure will now head to the senate for final approval.

UPDATE, August 14, 1:28 p.m.: The California State Assembly Judiciary Committee Tuesday morning advanced the nonbinding resolution in favor of deferring medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children. The measure now heads for a vote before the Assembly and final approval by the senate. “I’m very excited,” Hans Lindahl, communications director for interACT, told Rewire.News after the vote. “We’re ready for our final call.”
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The First Lesson of Marriage 101: There Are No Soul Mates

The First Lesson of Marriage 101: There Are No Soul Mates | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
A course at Northwestern University teaches students about what makes a healthy relationship.
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Stephanie Beatriz Is Bi and Proud as Hell

Stephanie Beatriz Is Bi and Proud as Hell | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
I’m bi, and I'm getting married this fall. I’m excited, nervous, terrified, and so fucking happy. I’m choosing to get married because this particular person brings out the best in me. This person happens to be a man. I’m still bi.

To be bi is a continual series of coming-out moments—first to yourself, maybe as you leaf through old magazines and stare at a picture of Rita Moreno’s legs and come to terms with badly wanting to touch them (this is me). Maybe next it’s to your sister, who warns you in no uncertain terms not to tell your parents until you're serious about a girl because they will flip the fuck out (this is…also me). Then maybe you come out to your college friends, who will ask jokingly if you are gay or straight, this and every weekend (you guessed it: me). Maybe you then muster up the intense courage it takes to come out to your parents, who calmly ignore it. And then you’ll brace yourself and come out again and again and again to every person you’ll ever date. When does it end? When do you get to stop telling people you're bi? When do people start to grasp that this is your truth? When do you get to slide easily through life with everyone assuming your sexuality correctly? When do you start seeing yourself reflected positively in all (hey, even any?) of the media you consume?
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New national survey: Nearly 1 in 4 gay and bisexual students have attempted suicide.

New national survey: Nearly 1 in 4 gay and bisexual students have attempted suicide. | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
Last week, a major survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported some disturbing trends among U.S. high school students. Rates of “persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness,” suicidal ideation, and suicide planning are all up from 2007, according to the results of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a biannual effort that gathers data from almost 15,000 teenagers across the country. In 2017, when the most recent iteration of this survey was conducted, almost 14 percent of students reported having made a suicide plan, compared to 11 percent in 2007.

Though rates of alcohol, cocaine, and marijuana use are down from a decade ago, 1 in 7 students say they’ve abused prescription opioids. (This is the first year the question has been posed, but even without a trend-line, that proportion is cause for alarm.) Another bit of dispiriting data: Five percent of students report having been forced to have sexual intercourse. This aggregate statistic masks a wide discrepancy. One in 10 female students said they’d been forced to have sex, compared to 1 in 28 male students.
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Trump's Changes To Funding Of Family Planning Clinics Could Undercut STD Fight : Shots - Health News : NPR

Trump's Changes To Funding Of Family Planning Clinics Could Undercut STD Fight : Shots - Health News : NPR | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
A Trump administration effort to shift family planning funding away from organizations that offer comprehensive reproductive health services, including abortion, could cripple federal efforts to stop a dramatic increase in sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S., some public health officials fear.

"This is the perfect storm, and it comes at absolutely the worst time," says Daniel Daltry, program chief of the HIV/AIDS, STD and Viral Hepatitis Program at the Vermont Department of Health.

In 2016, the most recent year with reported federal data, there were more than 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was the highest number of reported cases ever.

This month, the Trump administration proposed new funding changes to the Title X program, which provides grants to programs in family planning, STD screening and breast and cervical cancer screening at nearly 4,000 sites nationwide. The program primarily serves low-income, young women, although a growing number of men also receive services at clinics that get Title X money.
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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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'The Care and Keeping of You,' 20 Years Later

'The Care and Keeping of You,' 20 Years Later | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
Since its publication 20 years ago, 'The Care and Keeping of You' has taught young girls about their bodies in a uniquely forthright and approachable way.
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3 STDs Hit the Highest Number Ever Recorded in the U.S.

3 STDs Hit the Highest Number Ever Recorded in the U.S. | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that nearly 2.3 million cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia were diagnosed in 2017—the highest number ever reported in the United States. Since 2013, diagnoses of gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia are up 67 percent, 76 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Chlamydia, the most common of the three diseases, saw 1.7 million cases last year.
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Science Stopped Believing in Porn Addiction, You Should Too

Science Stopped Believing in Porn Addiction, You Should Too | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
Now, researchers have put a nail in the coffin of porn addiction. Josh Grubbs, Samuel Perry and Joshua Wilt are some of the leading researchers on America’s struggles with porn, having published numerous recent research studies examining the impact of porn use, belief in porn addiction, and the effect of porn use on marriages. Rory Reid is a UCLA researcher who was a leading proponent gathering information about the concept of hypersexual disorder for DSM-5. These four researchers, all of whom have history of neutrality, if not outright support of the concepts of porn addiction, have conducted a meta-analysis of research on pornography and concluded that porn use does not predict problems with porn, but religiosity does.

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School Closes After Facebook Parents Threaten to Castrate Transgender 12-year-old Girl With Knife

School Closes After Facebook Parents Threaten to Castrate Transgender 12-year-old Girl With Knife | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
An Oklahoma school has been temporarily closed after a group of parents hurled abuse at a transgender student on Facebook.

Twelve-year-old “Maddie” (not her real name) has identified as a girl since 2016. She had previously used the staff bathroom, but following renovations she struggled to find it and instead used the girls' facilities.
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When Children Say They’re Transgender

When Children Say They’re Transgender | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
Hormones? Surgery? The choices are fraught—and there are no easy answers.
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Claws' masterful subversion of the abortion storyline

Claws' masterful subversion of the abortion storyline | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
You can picture it without much effort: a rusty bed, a young woman in distress, a callous doctor who points out the absence of the responsible man. Since Dirty Dancing deployed the abortion storyline in 1987, not much has changed.

That's what makes the most recent episode of Claws, the bombastic series centering on a five-woman squad of manicurists juggling their salon business with an increasingly outrageous money-laundering side hustle, so special. "Cracker Casserole," the second episode of the show's second season, subverts each of these long-held abortion tropes with its storyline centered on stripper-turned-nail technician Virginia (Karreuche Tran), who opts to have an abortion with the full support of her loving boyfriend Dean (Harold Perrineau)
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