Buzz on the Birds and Bees

Lego has introduced a new line of their famous click-together toys, this time, for girls. I didn’t know Legos weren’t for girls in the first place. Apparently, Legos thinks girls can’t handle primary colors, so the new Friends line is all pinks and pastels.  Worse, instead of exciting sets like kits built around action and adventure, the Friends series kits include a beauty shop, a cafe, a treehouse, and a fashion...

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Imagine this scenario: Two brothers enter a store so the younger boy can select a gift from his older brother. The younger boy, a gentle soul, wants a purple video game controller and a game featuring a female main character. The older brother helps him find what he’s looking for. Dad stomps in, complaining about the selection, which isn’t macho enough — which doesn’t have enough guns, violence and mayhem. Then...

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If you need a single stall or gender-neutral bathroom in Ithaca, NY, help is as close as your iPhone, thanks to the Pee in Peace app created by Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes’ LGBT Health and Wellness Project, “Out for Health.” The app helps anyone who may not feel comfortable in male/female restrooms with little privacy. Transgender people (and anyone who does not readily fit into expected and...

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If you aren’t actively talking with your children about accepting themselves and others, and if you aren’t instilling the message that they should have compassion for themselves and people who differ from them, then you may be implying that it’s OK to bully.  Watch this video with your kids. They may see themselves, you may see them in a new light, or you both may see how important it is to protect people from...

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Sex Ed and Deaf Kids


Posted By on Dec 3, 2011

I became a sex educator between 9th and 10th grade, when I my summer job was to accompany a deaf girl around to her summer school classes. I took sign language lessons by videotape every morning and learned enough signs to supplement what she could understand by lip reading.  There were about 5 student pairs like ours in a program designed to integrate deaf kids into classes filled with kids with normal hearing. One weekend, the...

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