Quote of the Day

"Sex ed has mainly been focused on reproduction, not relationships. But people in the field have been beginning to understand that…it's not just about body parts or pathogens or the mechanics of contraception; it's about what constitutes a respectful, warm relationship."—Sarah Brown, executive director of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, quoted in an excellent and highly-recommend article in The Nation about reproductive coercion.

Also quotable: "Two new studies have quantified what advocates for young women's health have observed for years: the striking frequency with which it is in fact young men who try to force their partners to get pregnant. Their goal: not to settle down as family men but rather to exert what is perhaps the most intimate, and lasting, form of control." Read the whole thing here.

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