CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2001 |
Few subjects roil adults like the collision of kids and sex, and it seems our kids are just as divided. Listen to Jonathan Knepper and Mahshid Rezapour, two young leaders on the emotionally charged issue of indiscriminate teen pregnancy. For Jonathan, the solution lies in abstinence. "It's hard, but it's worth it," says the junior at La Canada High School. "You can have tons of sex, but it's going to catch up with you." For Mahshid, the solution lies in sex education.
September 27, 2000 |
Sex education courses in America's schools often are based on either an "abstinence only" curriculum or a more comprehensive program that also includes contraception. But a study released Tuesday found that the line between the two approaches increasingly has blurred.
September 9, 1994 |
Between learning about condoms and communicable diseases, hundreds of San Fernando Valley seventh-graders also will receive a tough, new message this year: Abstain from sex. Endorsed by even the most staunch supporters and opponents of sex education, the state-funded program focuses entirely on persuading 12- to 14-year-olds to postpone sex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1992 |
A new program designed to reach junior high students that advocates sexual abstinence may soon be taught in many schools throughout Orange County. While only two schools have participated in the program, more are scheduled to join next year. The program, Education Now and Babies Later, has been approved in the Laguna Beach Unified School District. The Santa Ana Unified School District, which has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the county, will vote on it next month.
December 19, 1994 |
Maybe Joycelyn Elders should have come to California before she opened her mouth. The surgeon general was fired earlier this month, ostensibly because she said masturbation is "something that perhaps should be taught" in schools. In California, it often is. State guidelines for sex education suggest that teachers talk about masturbation "in such a way as to dispel common myths associated with it . . . sterility, blindness, or feeble-mindedness."
March 3, 2011 |
Actor Charlie Sheen's recent rambling rants included several tirades against the 12-step program popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous: He called it a "bootleg cult" and claimed it had only a 5% success rate. While we're not believing much of what Sheen is spouting, that 5% statistic has people talking. Does the massively popular program really do that bad a job at combating alcohol abuse? AA stats are hard to come by, since the organization doesn't conduct studies on itself.
January 5, 1992 |
Carlos Collins, an 18-year-old college-bound senior at George Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles, tried sex when he was 16. Now, he is into no sex. "As a matter of fact," said Collins, "me and my friends are kind of abstinent because we know about the horrors that are out there, like AIDS and everything. I have some friends who are into one-night stands, but that is not my style. To me personally, it's not worth it."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1997 |
The Roman Catholic Church's teaching on human sexuality is clear--sex should only occur between a woman and a man who are married to each other. So how does the church reach out to gay men and lesbians without bending the rules? That is an issue with which the church as a whole and Father Peter J. Liuzzi of Los Angeles in particular have been grappling. Liuzzi is director of the Los Angeles Archdiocese's Ministry With Gay and Lesbian Catholics and liaison to the larger gay and lesbian community.
January 21, 2011 |
Alcoholics who were given a medication approved for quelling nausea were able to cut back on their alcohol intake, researchers reported. The medication, ondansetron (Zofran), could become a readily available therapy for helping some alcoholics become abstinent. The study, published Wednesday in the American Journal of Psychiatry , is based on research on a gene known as 5-HTT that is important to the serotonin system of the brain. Certain variants of this gene can increase the risk of psychiatric disorders, such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and addiction.
April 12, 2007
Re "Abstaining from federal sex-ed funds," April 8 Since when does intolerant religious dogma dictate the national policy on sexual education for our children? Since President Bush and Republicans forced an abstinence-only agenda on states for federal funding. The stated goal: Achieve chastity for our hormonally active children. I would have had to lock my six daughters in their rooms for the duration of their teenage years to achieve this goal. The absurdity of the abstinence-based programs became apparent last year when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a memo stating that states "must not" promote contraceptive and condom use to receive funding.