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August 10, 1999 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thanks to some inappropriate talking and staple-throwing, the uniformed 13- and 14-year-olds at Bernardo Yorba Middle School have been made to sit for roll call. When they are quiet, the teacher introduces today's guest speaker, a friendly looking woman in a short skirt, who also, they are told, suffered the consequences of imperfect behavior. Her problem, however, was sex.
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NEWS
February 22, 1998 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Armed with a bundle of federal welfare reform dollars, Gov. Pete Wilson wants to escalate the fight against teenage pregnancy in California by significantly expanding "abstinence-only" sex education programs. Under the governor's proposal, community youth organizations would get money for programs that encourage youngsters to say no to sex until marriage. Discussion of contraceptives would be forbidden.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1993 | BOB ELSTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Lauren McCaul, 15, is concerned about how little most teen-agers know about sex. So McCaul and 11 other high school students are spending their summer break at the shore in Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach, distributing sex education pamphlets and advice to the thousands of teens who come for waves, sun and fun. "It is incredible what most teen-agers will believe is true about sex," said McCaul, a student at Orange High School. "There are a lot of myths out there and . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1989 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First, teacher Maya Decker says she was falsely accused on a religious radio show of hypnotizing four students in her family life class at Corona del Mar High School. Next, some parents charged that condoms were passed out during one of her lectures for students to take home--a charge that was denied by school officials, who interviewed students. Then, there was the condom demonstration. Decker used a banana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2003 | Carol Pogash, Special to The Times
Renee Walker hadn't been concerned about her son's sex education class until the October night of his 12th birthday. While at an Italian restaurant, he sipped a soda, placing the wet straw cover on the tip of his dinner plate. Then he told his parents something odd -- that the shriveled paper reminded him of the seaweed that he had learned is inserted into a woman's cervix to soften it before an abortion.
NEWS
June 6, 1995 | JEANNINE STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The caller to the radio show is a young woman who isn't sure if what she's feeling during sex is an orgasm. Going down the checklist in her head, Suzi Landolphi, the show's host, ticks off the numerous changes that occur in a woman's body during climax. "You're feeling all of those?" she asks. "OK, great!" The next caller is a man who wants to talk about submissive role-playing with a dominant partner. "Now what does this mean exactly?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1996 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federally funded, county-approved AIDS education program has been banned from Antelope Valley high schools because one of the lecturers answered a student's question about oral sex. "That is not appropriate for the students," Antelope Valley Union High School District President Sue Stokka said in an interview Wednesday. Any discussion of sexual activity, other than abstinence, should be off-limits for students, she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 1990 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maria del Rosario Martinez watched soberly as an instructor drew sketches of female sexual organs on a chalkboard. She and eight other Latino mothers, many with toddlers, listened to explanations of menstruacion, menopausia and reproduccion . They had come to a community group at Carr Intermediate School school to learn more about human sexuality so that they might better instruct their children about the facts of life .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1995 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board has for a second time postponed a decision on adding a new sex-education video for teen-agers to the district's curriculum. The video, called "What About Sex? Teens Speak Out About Parents, Peers & Personal Responsibility," is proposed for use in seventh- through 12th-grade health classes and ninth- through 12th-grade family-life and peer-counseling classes.
NEWS
December 19, 1994 | DENNIS ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
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