Chronicling the exciting and intimate sexual escapades of people around the country is the basic focus of Sex Across America series. Each episode features a sampling of the erotic landscape in various locations. Many of these places were what you might expect in this kind of program, for example: New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Las Vegas. Others, such as Aspen, Virginia Beach and Sturgis were perhaps not as obvious on the surface, but certainly no less worthy when it came to painting a complete portrait of the subject.
Even though each episode met its intended mark individually, we felt the overall picture was left incomplete as the series came to a close. Perhaps a simple casualty of pragmatic programming when the focus was on entertainment, the producers nevertheless recognized that a lot of pertinent material didn’t make the final cuts. As a result, the idea of evolving the core concept of the series into a more expansive project was born–and that development begins here.
As we progress in our topical coverage, we intend to focus on information that’s both useful and productive for our readers with an occasional nod towards some irreverence and satire as warranted. After all, the broad subject of “sex” in the US does provoke some pretty goofy points of view at times, so why not just embrace the reality of that and make it part of the discussion? In any event, in order to home in on what’s most useful to a pretty diverse audience, we hope you will actively let us know what’s important to you–and we’ll try to make it part of the subject matter we spotlight.
For us, this is a labor of love–a means for highlighting things that are fundamental to the human experience in a positive and intelligent way (even if tackling controversy at times). For you, it’s a free resource that we hope you’ll enjoy often as we grow. So, please bookmark us, chat us up on your social media fix(es) of choice and, most of all, enjoy our grand adventure that is Sex Across America.
We’ve said it before: Sex education in America needs to be improved. The point can certainly be argued rationally and there are, of course, many valid perspectives on the matter, but while some progress is being made, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control cited that over 80% of teens ages 15 to 17 have had no formal sex education before they have sex for the first time. At Sex Across America, we think that kind of figure indicates that a serious problem exists.
Without a doubt, it’s often an uncomfortable subject to bring up at local school board meetings, but the sad state of sex education across the country should be inspiring educators to lead rather than give in to that discomfort. That said, it’s often not just a matter of overcoming community objections to curricula content or gaining consensus about what material should be taught to which age groups, but also about ensuring teachers are fully prepared to deliver the information and appropriately mentor students through the process. In that regard, some leading sex educators are stepping up and investing their experience in building a framework that makes sense.
As a project sponsored by the non-profit organization, Future of Sex Education, a comprehensive plan entitled, The National Teacher Preparation Standards on Sexuality Education, was recently published which outlines standards for preparing teachers to deliver sexuality education. Specifying seven standards along with success indicators and examples, the project seeks to establish a common national foundation for ensuring that every middle and high school student receives a complete, age-appropriate sexuality education. The result is the first time that specific standards have been established for educators charged with the responsibility of providing sex education.
Of course, a plan is only as good as the degree to which it’s implemented and while this project is a nice step in the right direction, it has to be adopted in order to have any real impact. It’s hard at this point to gauge the actual interest in it, but with the stakes as high as they are and recognizing the genuine challenges involved with sexual health education, embracing a reasonable structure for better preparing those who will eventually be responsible for providing sex education has tremendous merit towards solving a serious and growing problem.
If nothing else, it does demonstrate that there are many who are not content with just sitting around and hoping for better results.
It’s an all-too-familiar scene that happens to the best of us: A confrontation occurs with your significant other and, as things heat up, one wants to break contact and cool off while the other wants immediate resolution and just can’t seem to let it go. Is it just a “normal” relationship dynamic? A sign of incompatibility? Verification that opposites attract?
According to relationship coaches Judith Claire and Frank Wiegers, the core of such issues is actually rooted in biology. Their new book, So That’s Why They Do That!, uses an interesting and innovative approach to not only explain the physiology of intergender communication, but also offers effective, easy-to-use strategies for working through and improving many other related concerns. The first in what they intend to be a series on relationship dynamics, the book applies a fresh approach that balances being user-friendly for men while being fully engaging for women. Systematically, they describe this approach as Top Gun Love.
Without a doubt, it’s a catchy name, but there’s also some interesting background in how it came about. Understanding that the primary market for relationship improvement books is comprised of women, the authors wanted to create a unique approach that would be equally inclusive for men. Wiegers, who earlier in life was a Vietnam-era fighter pilot, recognized that military-style operations manuals used a highly effective syntax that made it very easy for a diverse audience– comprised mostly of men at the time–to capture essential information and put it to immediate use. Collaborating with Claire, who has over 30 years of relationship counseling and coaching experience, they developed a systematic methodology that basically resulted in a “user’s manual” for interpersonal relationships–and one with a balanced feel that is evenly appealing to both genders.
The eclectic blend of their respective styles and experiences works in ways that are both informative and entertaining. More importantly, their collaboration has produced a useful system for people to proactively share a relationship with compassionate understanding instead of suffering through the reactive effects that seem to be so common. With almost 140 years of practical experience and expertise between them, it’s certainly worthwhile to take a few moments and see if what they have to offer might benefit you and your loved one.
(If you would like more information about Judith Claire and Frank Wiegers along with their Top Gun Love approach to satisfying relationships, you can connect with them through their accounts on Facebook or Twitter. Their website, TopGunLove.com, will officially launch in early July.)