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Beyond where babies come from: Talks for asking tough questions about sexBeyond where babies come from: Talks for asking tough questions about sex

Posted By Morton Bast

Today’s talk, which posits a fascinating metaphor for sex beyond baseball, comes from a passionate and dedicated sexuality educator. Al Vernacchio teaches his students that it’s not just getting the facts right that counts, but understanding the nuances of human sexuality and its place in society. Inspired by the teaching philosophy that Vernacchio brings to […]

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A spoonful of sugar: Reflections on being a wedding officiant and a sexuality educatorA spoonful of sugar: Reflections on being a wedding officiant and a sexuality educator

Posted By Avernacchio

Editor’s note: In today’s talk, Al Vernacchio offers a new metaphor for thinking about sex — ordering a pizza. Outside of his Philadelphia-area classroom, where he works as a sexuality educator for high-school students, Vernacchio also serves as a marriage officiant. With weddings on our minds this summer, we asked him to share his thoughts on […]

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Let’s talk about sex — and pizza: Al Vernacchio at TED2012Let’s talk about sex — and pizza: Al Vernacchio at TED2012

Posted By Helen Walters

Photos: James Duncan Davidson Al Vernacchio is here to talk about sex. In particular, he wants to talk about reframing the ways we talk about sex. In short, he says, “we need to stop talking baseball.” “Baseball is the dominant cultural metaphor that Americans use to think about and talk about sexual activity,” he continues. […]