Unscrewing Ourselves

Understanding Sexual Pleasure Isn’t Just Fun—It’s Crucial

What if sex education centered around pleasure, rather than fear?
Kimberly Lawson
Unscrewing Ourselves

Abstinence-Only Education Is Keeping Kids from Learning How to Spot Sexual Abuse

A law passed in 31 states requires schools to teach children how to spot sexual abuse—but some schools in states like Tennessee aren’t implementing it, thanks to conservative legislation around sex ed.
Kimberly Lawson
Unscrewing Ourselves

Sex Ed Is a Basic Human Right We Deny to Teens Every Day

"If the doctor knows you're sick, he's supposed to tell you. That's a fundamental principle of medical ethics, and countries and government programs also have obligations to provide correct and complete information."
Kimberly Lawson

'Not Just a Series of Genital Acts': The Woman Who Revolutionized Sex Education

As the medical director of Planned Parenthood and founder of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US, Dr. Mary Steichen Calderone believed sex ed should address topics besides abstinence and how to be a good wife.
Lauren Oyler

What Swearing Off Sex Does to Your Brain

Some people claim abstaining from orgasm can enhance productivity, creativity, and peace of mind. Do any doctors agree?
Hanson O'Haver

The People Who 'Sex Detox' to Help Them Fuck with Pure Hearts

There's nothing inherently bad about sex, but the societal garbage that surrounds it can cause a lot of problems. The benefits of a period of abstinence include clarity, peace, and a fruitful relationship with a vibrator.
Maria Yagoda
100 years

The US States Prohibiting the Discussion of Abortion in High Schools

While some states include accurate abortion information in high school sex education programs, the majority of states do not mandate that schools address the topic—and some even ban discussion or teach that abortion is murder.
Amanda Arnold

Risky Sex Is Fastest-Growing Health Concern for Young People

A major global study finds that unsafe sex is the fastest growing risk factor for young people's health the world over. We asked one of its authors to explain how we're failing our teens.
Sirin Kale