Sex Education

Recent posts

Has Pornography Heightened Or Hijacked Our Sexuality?

My father sent me a link to a public radio interview program, AirTalk, featuring Gail Dines and Shira Tarrant, feminists on opposing sides of the debate on whether pornography can be healthy or harmful toward our sexuality: “Has pornography heightened or hijacked our sexuality?” I think it’s worth a listen; the discussion touched on many thought-provoking points. For instance, are women who express skepticism about porn automatically labeled “prudes”? How do we discuss whether porn is harmful if we don’t have a good definition of “harm” in the first place? Continue Reading →

Do Antibiotics Decrease The Effectiveness of Birth Control Pills?

The other day, a friend of mine asked me if the story that antibiotics interfere with birth control was true. I had to admit to her that I had heard the story but had no solid information to back it up. So, as any good nerd would, I decided to do some research to find out. The internet being the internet, I found quite a bit of anecdotal evidence to support the story. However, eventually I managed to find some new information. Continue Reading →

Possible Connections Between Poor Sex Education and Anti-Porn Views

Clarisse Thorn, sex-positive, pro-kink feminist blogger, recently wrote a post in which she suggested some intriguing connections between lack of good sex education and a tendency to condemn pornography. What really impressed me is that she not only cites studies on pornography, violence, and desire, but also writes from personal experience. She describes how she used to sympathize with anti-porn feminists based on the fact that she, too, felt threatened by porn in the past. I think Clarisse is spot-on about the links between sex education and acceptance, and I hope others are able to evaluate their views of “deviant” sexualities from a more open-minded perspective. What do you think? Continue Reading →

Introducing New MSP Blogger: Craig VanKempen

Hi all,

My name is Craig VanKempen and I’m happy to be a new blogger for!  I hope to add my perspective to this already fantastic site and continue to provide fun sex-positive information and resources for the MSP readership. A little bit about me:

I’m a cisgender straight male living in Ann Arbor, MI, currently in my last semester of a dual-degree graduate program.  I will graduate from the University of Michigan in December with a Masters in Social Work AND a Masters in Public Health (my friend inquired if that makes me a Grandmaster…hmmm…).  Afterwards, I hope to continue my work as a sex educator and, eventually, sex therapist around the Ann Arbor area. I’m interested in many different things about sex and relationships, but here are a few specifics: Continue Reading →

Introducing New MSP Blogger: Miss Maggie Mayhem

My name is Miss Maggie Mayhem and I’m one of the new bloggers joining this excellent community. When I started out my college career I had no idea how radically my life would change when I began volunteering as an HIV test counselor at a free and anonymous clinic. My course of study was literature and anthropology, but the more people I spoke to in the office, the more I wanted to know about human sexuality. Even though I never changed my majors, I certainly changed what I envisioned as a career. Continue Reading →

Introducing New MSP Blogger: Kiersten

Lovely to meet you!

Hi everyone! I’m Kiersten and I’m very
excited to add my voice to the MSP blogging team. I’m an insatiably curious nerd who happens to be fascinated with sex. There really isn’t much about it that isn’t interesting. I’m about to start my fourth year at the University of Chicago and in a desperate attempt to satisfy my curiosity I’m majoring in Gender Studies and minoring in Statistics. Continue Reading →

Sex Education Museum for Children

I’m not a Black Friday shopper type and let’s face it, the online Apple sale leaves much to be desired. So let’s turn to sex, shall we? I can’t quite figure out where this supposed sex education museum or exhibit for children lives in the universe, but it fascinates me (see below video). Does anyone know? I couldn’t find it via Google. Continue Reading →