The American Medical Association (AMA) recently issued a news release calling for the modernization of birth certificate policies. According to this release, they have adopted a new policy supporting the elimination of any government requirement that an individual must have undergone surgery in order to change the sex indicated on a birth certificate.
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In our June issue of Contemporary Sexuality, we published a piece entitled "How Sexuality and Non-Sexuality Professionals Can Better Work Together." In this piece, we explore the void in sexuality training that often exists among professionals whose work merely bumps up against issues of sexuality. More specifically, we ask questions like:
In our June 2014 issue of Contemporary Sexuality, we published a piece entitled "Exploring Evolving Clinical Models for Sex Therapy." Using the debate about the sex addiction model as a jumping-off point, we explore licensing standards, research, and the need to continue questioning what we think and how we practice.
In particular, we ask questions like:
How can we more effectively serve those we're licensed to serve?
A group of sex educators across the country have developed and released a set of educational standards titled the National Teacher Preparation Standards on Sexuality Education. These standards were created to provide guidance to institutions of higher education in order to better prepare undergraduate physical and health education teachers to deliver sexuality education in school settings.
I recently had an amazing time at the March 2014 Catalyst Con East conference held in the Washington, D.C. area, and wanted to share the details of my experience with other AASECTers.
The purpose of this con is to stimulate discussion about ideas in order to provide a catalyst for change in how sexuality education occurs in the United States. Since I am a sexuality educator, I thrive on exposure to new ideas and to having my own perspectives questioned.
Catalyst Con did just that.
This past Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on pregnancy among teenagers. They revealed that more younger teens were giving birth between the ages of 15 to 17, and also explored what could possibly be done to turn this tide. Specifically, they found that 1,700 babies a week were born to girls aged 15 to 17 in 2012.
Back in the summer of 2013, Routledge — an academic publisher with a focus on academic texts and scholarly journals — announced it was putting together a scholarly journal that would take a closer look at pornography and sexual representations. That journal, Porn Studies, has finally arrived.
A recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine claims that researchers have discovered the actual number of orgasm types women can have:
How did they determine this?
Recent news shows that a technique that could be used to safely treat and control HIV without the use of drugs may prove viable. This technique, supported by the National Institute of Health, utilizes the genetic modification of cells to help those infected with the virus control it.
According to the initial report, scientists have found that they may be able to help those with the virus, "by removing key cells from HIV-infected individuals, genetically modifying the cells to resist HIV infection and returning them to those people."
Our own Michael Plaut recently published a piece on temporomandibular disorders and sexual intimacy in the TMJA newsletter. Here's an excerpt: