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Sex Talks with Tweens



Sex talks with tweens can be…awkward.  Even Amy Lang, ON BOYS’ go-to sex ed guru, stumbled through her initial sex talks with her son. “I thought I’d be great at it, but I just wasn’t,” she says. “I realized I’d rather talk to a 15 year old about their pregnancy than talk to my five … Continue reading Sex Talks with Tweens


Jack Kammer: Boys are Affected by Sexism Too



Jack Kammer says boys are affected by sexism too.  Boys and girls who engage in the same exact behavior may be treated very differently. And yet, when we fail to acknowledge that fact, we contribute to the gaslighting of our boys. Because the truth is that males and females both experience advantages AND disadvantages related … Continue reading Jack Kammer: Boys are Affected by Sexism Too


Parenting Sexually Active Boys



Like it or not, your son will probably become sexually active at some point.  Do you… a) buy him condoms? b) let his romantic interest stay over? c) say ABSOLUTELY NOT to sleep over requests? d) freak out? Or….???? Note: there are no “right” answers to these questions. Each family has their own values regarding … Continue reading Parenting Sexually Active Boys


Sexual Abuse Affects Boys Too (w Lawrence Cohen)



 1 in 5 boys experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday.  More than one-quarter of male victims of a completed rape (27.8%) experienced their first rape when they were 10 years of age or younger. And 43% of men report experiencing some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime.   Today’s guest, psychologist Lawrence … Continue reading Sexual Abuse Affects Boys Too (w Lawrence Cohen)


Boys and Sex with Peggy Orenstein



Talking about boys and sex can be uncomfortable. But if want our boys (and girls and non-binary children) to have healthy, safe, fulfilling sexual relationships, it’s essential. And there’s the hitch, right? A lot of us don’t even want to think about our children having sexual relationships — and when we do talk to our kids … Continue reading Boys and Sex with Peggy Orenstein


128: 21st Century Sex Ed with Jo Langford



The standard “birds and bees” sex talk doesn’t work any more. (If it ever really did!) Today, parents have to address pornography, homosexuality, gender and consent. If you feel nervous tackling those topics, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Sex educator and therapist Jo Langford routinely helps parents navigate these tricky conversations. Langford is the author … Continue reading 128: 21st Century Sex Ed with Jo Langford


110: Talk to Boys about Sex with Amy Lang



Amy Lang is a sex educator — and the mom of a teenage boy who is utterly mortified by his mom’s career. If anyone understands just how awkward talking about sex with your son can be — and how important it is to push through despite your the discomfort — it’s Amy.   Amy is … Continue reading 110: Talk to Boys about Sex with Amy Lang


Helping Boys Develop Healthy Body Image



How can we help boys develop healthy body image?  That’s not a question parents of boys asked in previous generations. Girls, parents thought, were the ones at risk for body dissatisfaction, given the constant onslaught of heavily stylized (and often Photoshopped) images of impossibly perfect and thin women featured in magazines, movies, and TV shows. … Continue reading Helping Boys Develop Healthy Body Image


Four Years of ON BOYS



Four years of ON BOYS podcast! 214 episodes, more than 900,000 downloads, and countless deep, moving moments. We’ve talked about vaping, sex, boys & body image, consent, connection, and misconceptions about boys. We wrestle with gender stereotypes, education, and the real-life struggles of living with boys. Janet and Jen collectively devote up to 10 hours … Continue reading Four Years of ON BOYS


Raising LGBTQ Allies



How do we raise LBGTQ allies? We know boys are (still) subject to a lot of homophobia and transphobia. Our culture is full of messages that tell boys it’s best to be straight and stereotypically masculine. And though many of us think we’re raising our boys to tolerant, inclusive, and accepting, they may be getting … Continue reading Raising LGBTQ Allies