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More on Sex and Social Skills

When I'm asked to speak or answer email questions about sex, my first question is: "What about relationships? Friendship? Dating?" I don't understand the interest in "sex" without exploring the social skills that (typically) lead to sexual encounters. My personal opinion, however old-fashioned, is that we should encourage relationships and the skills necessary to maintain those relationships. The challenge is that sexual activity has always and will always occur outside relationships, so we need to balance the need to educate students with the need to encourage more healthy interpersonal connections. I've had autistic young people and adults tell me, "I want sex." What about relationships? "I don't know. Maybe. But I want sex." It's hard to explain to a college student aware of "hook-ups" among peers that those casual sexual adventures are still complex social interactions. I hear my students talk about &quo

Colds Stink

My wife and I have been battling colds. It's been a week since the first sign of a sore throat, and I am exhausted. It seems that every cold becomes something more. Is my immune system in overdrive? Probably. Just as allergies are an overactive reaction by the body, my body fights colds and infections too aggressively. Anyway, that's why I haven't blogged much even as life seemed to settle down a bit. As I gathered myself after the loss of my grandfather, I ended up sick. Time for a nap.