The Netherlands has the lowest teen birth rate in the Western world. Teens wait longer to have sex (average age to lose virginity is 17.7 compared to 17.0 in the US), are more likely to use contraception, and aren't likely to lose their virginity spontaneously, since the majority of teens say "love and commitment" is the reason to do it.
The UK is trying to reform its own inadequate sex education by introducing Dutch sex-ed principles to its schools. The main tenet? Start young. Its government-subsidized sex-ed program was created in the '80s by a graduate of the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences, which suggests teen pregnancies can be reduced by exposing children to sex ed between ages 4 and 7.
Even if, by some sort of political amnesia, Congress made sex ed mandatory from kindergarten up, could the US go Dutch? I doubt it, because it's a cultural thing. The Netherlands can cite its sex-ed program for commendably low STD and teen pregnancy rates, but it's a
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- POPSUGAR Love & Sex | Love + Sex – Wed, Dec 1, 2010 10:49 PM EST
The Netherlands has the lowest teen birth rate in the Western world. Teens wait longer to have sex (average age to lose virginity is 17.7 compared to 17.0 in the US), are more likely to use contraception, and aren't likely to lose their virginity spontaneously, since the majority of teens say "love and commitment" is the reason to do it.Read More »from Why the Dutch Sex-Ed System Wouldn't Translate in the US
Like most things, all you need to know to be an amazing gift giver can be found in the words of 30 Rock's Jack Donaghy. "Gift giving is the purest expression of friendship," he tells Liz Lemon. "I'm going to think about what I know and like about you and that will lead me to the perfect gift. And you do the same." The problem is we don't always know the people we're buying gifts for as much as we'd like, so I've rounded up some advice that will make you the best gift giver under the tree. After all, competition is what the holidays are all about. Get the tips below.
- Do online research: Does she have any wish lists on Amazon, ShopStyle, or elsewhere? If not, consider her favorite shops and start there. A little Internet stalking in the name of gift giving never hurt anyone. Probably.
- What life changes happened in 2010? Graduation, move, marriage, baby? These all create new wants and needs, so consider what's going on in her life and how you can help.
- Think about what she
Oh, I know we're so dirty! We can't help that little Harry Potter is a man wizard now. He's enchanted us for nearly 10 years, but now 21-year-old Daniel Radcliffe is adorable in a whole new way. As critics question what will happen to his acting career post-Potter, we're questioning his sex appeal. And let's face it, that's important to his career, too. Since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is out today (read Buzz's review), tell us if you see him as doable, dumpable, or straight-up marriage material. Take our poll here.Read More »from Daniel Radcliffe â€” Do, Dump, or Marry?
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- POPSUGAR Love & Sex | Work + Money – Tue, Nov 23, 2010 2:05 AM EST
Based on the interest in Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement last week, I'd say royalty is having a moment. But Disney, the peddler of princess dreams, thinks fairy tale movies are no longer relevant and it's shelving them for the foreseeable future. Explaining that films and genres run their course, Disney's animation group has killed two fairy tale movies in development and says Tangled will be its last. It's no longer financially feasible for studios to market some movies to girls and some movies to boys, which is bad news for narrow gender roles. The hope of appealing to a larger audience motivated Disney to give Tangled a gender-neutral name and we can expect more movies like Toy Story, which will have broad themes that appeal to boys or girls (and men or women) alike. But a shift in what little girls want might have prompted the decision, too. The LA Times explains: Among girls, princesses and the romanticized ideal they represent - revolving around finding the manRead More »from Disney Shelves Fairy Tale Movies â€” Good News For Girls?
- POPSUGAR Love & Sex | Work + Money – Tue, Nov 23, 2010 1:51 AM EST
Not that we should date to please our parents, but lots of people consider mom and dad's approval to be high on their list of non-negotiables. A new study in the Journal of Personality and Individual Differences looked into what parents want compared to their offspring when choosing mates. And not surprisingly, they're completely different. Both offspring and parents were asked about the same 13 traits: kindness, religiousness, personality, creativity, housekeeping skills, intelligence, earning capacity, wants kids, easygoing, genes, college graduate, attractiveness, and health. See how their top five values differed below.
Top Offspring Values
- Wants kids
- Housekeeping skills
- Earning capacity
The only finding that surprises me is that offspring want partners who want kids more than their parents. What surprised you?
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- POPSUGAR Love & Sex | Work + Money – Tue, Nov 23, 2010 1:43 AM EST
Oh my King James God. After months, if not years, of speculation, Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement today. Kate may be flashing Princess Diana's engagement ring, but she's not Catherine of Wales yet. So before she becomes so royal that she doesn't need a last name, let's talk lesser-known facts about the couple that are two heartbeats from the throne.
- Love at first sight, for William: Prince William first spotted Kate when she walked the runway in a black bandeau, bikini bottoms, and a sheer black dress at a charity fashion show in 2001. He tried to kiss her at a party afterward, but she pulled away, as she was dating someone else. The prince "didn't seem to care."
- They lived together first: The two lived in a house together platonically their second year of university while dating other people. But not for long!
- Kate played hard to get: When their relationship hit a rocky patch, Kate took her mother's advice and gave William some
A woman's work is never done, is it? Now we can add asking men out to the list of things we're "expected" to do. A trend piece in Minneapolis Star-Tribune seems archaic at first, introducing the topic as if it were outlandish. "Not long ago, the idea that women might be the ones to make the moves would have been considered improper." But women aren't just starting to ask men out, they are catching up with Spanish women by making the first move more often than men. Susanne Jones, a communication studies professor at the University of Minnesota, confirmed women asking men out is now the norm, so much that guys are starting to expect it. As in, wait for you, or assume you don't like them if you don't. The article goes on to credit women's newfound confidence, their rise in the workplace, and generalized feminism for the new dating order, yet the consensus relies on old-fashioned male bashing. They're terrible at it, women say, coming off as creepy, desperate, or arrogant. But isn't it aRead More »from A New Reason He Won't Ask You Out
- POPSUGAR Love & Sex | Love + Sex – Wed, Nov 17, 2010 10:55 PM EST
Jessica Simpson began dating former NFL player Eric Johnson in May, and last week he popped the question and she said yes, debuting her glitzy engagement ring at a mall appearance Saturday. I've never been engaged, but I am very cautious about relationships. In fact, I'd be afraid to even speak of marriage unless we'd been together for three solid years. Married friends have told me, though, I wouldn't feel that way if it were the right person. I still think a lifelong commitment requires prudence, and I almost never use that word, but what does unmarried me know? Would you get engaged if you'd only been dating for under a year? Take our poll here.Read More »from Would You Get Engaged After Dating For Less Than a Year?
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During National Novel Writing Month, aspiring writers challenge themselves to write a novel of 50,000 words or more. I decided to chat with a professional novelist - Nina LaCour, author of YA hit Hold Still - to find out if this is a good idea. Good news: she thinks it is. Find out five reasons to write a novel now:
- It's fun: "Writing is difficult and can be frustrating, but it's ultimately fun because you get to create and inhabit this other world for a while. I have my own life, and then I get to live the lives of my characters. It's almost like you gain experiences by imagining people's lives."
- You learn new skills: "My characters are in high school photography class, so I learned how to develop film in a dark room. I learned something that I never knew I would learn because my characters were doing it and I wanted to write about it in an authentic way. I enrolled in a class and learned how to expose and develop photos."
- You get to know yourself: "It's a
Every generation might mistakenly think it invented sex, but people who have gone to college over the last decade have actually contributed to the rise of something new: campus sex columns. Speaking with USA Today about his new book, Sex and the University: Celebrity, Controversy, and a Student Journalism Revolution, author Daniel Reimold explains that sex advice columns have become mainstream in college newspapers and how they have helped young people navigate the current dating landscape. Here are three things we can learn from his work reading more than 2,500 campus sex columns.
- Dating rules are dead: "Chivalry is gone, dating is passé, gender roles reversed. There's no blueprint for how students are supposed to act with each other. The columnists are asking, 'Is this really good for us?'"
- Abstinence gets love : "We all have sex in common, even those who remain chaste. And the columns deal as much with the abstinence side of things."
- The Internet makes kids