Ellen Friedrichs

Health and Sexuality Educator, Writer, and Presenter

I run a middle and high school health education program

in Brooklyn and teach in the health education department at Brooklyn College. For a number of years I was a contributing writer for Everyday Feminism and for many years I edited About.com's LGBT teens site.

Much of my writing is related to health and sexuality (both of the adolescent and the adult variety), and some of it covers my experiences parenting.

I also run workshops for parents, educators, middle and high schoolers, and college students. Among other things, I cover: talking to kids about sex * puberty * consent * sexual health * feminism * gender * sexual orientation.

Reach out if you are interested in a sex ed workshop or presentation!

Contact me at [email protected]


Assorted Articles and Blogs

Everyday Feminism
Check out some of my favorites, to the right and below.
4 Ways We Teach Boys It's Normal to Pressure Girls Sexually
by Ellen Friedrichs If you grew up in the United States, it is almost inevitable that you've been subject to a few standard aphorisms. These include things like: "Anyone can...
4 Ways Parents Can Battle How Society Hypersexualizes Their Children
One day, when I was about twelve, my younger cousin Sasha and I were dancing in our grandmother's living room as my mom and a few other adults chatted in the kitchen a few feet...
Your 5 Most Common Questions About Alcohol and Consent - Answered
The first time I formally learned about was in grad school. I was training as a peer sexuality educator, and we did an exercise where we had to decide which activities needed to...
4 Reasons Why We Should Stop Stigmatizing Women's Body Hair
News flash: Women have body hair. Armpits, legs, genitals - even faces. And it's become a widely accepted rule that they must remove this hair. Some women choose to do this...
Why We Martyr Single Dads, But Demonize Single Moms (And What To Do About It)
Recently, I was gossiping with my neighbor about a mutual friend whose wife had moved out, making him the primary parent to their two- and four-year-old children. "He's been...
How Sexism Hurts Boys
Rewire News
Articles on teen sexuality and sexual health and how our current approaches aren't really doing the trick.
Modern Loss
A number of personal essays I have written on raising my kids the sudden death of my partner.
Here I've written about parenting, money, feminism, and estate planning.
A few pieces on single parenting, birth control and sexism
Here are some additional articles for DailyWorth on a few more topics.
The Kishori Vatika Night Shelter in India
Articles on circumcision, sexual harassment and more
5 Tips For Talking To Your LGBTQ Child About Sexual Health
Talking to your LGBTQ+ kids about sexuality can seem daunting. These 5 tips will help you have these important conversations.
On the Pill
This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the approval of oral contraception in the US, and the Pill's age is starting to show. Problems abound with its delivery, dosage and...
To Test or Not, for This Rare Bone Marrow Disease?
The bone marrow disease called CAMT is extremely rare among the general population. It may have long gone undiagnosed, especially among Ashkenazi Jews.
Sex in Obama's America
Sexuality, parenting, marriage and more
Numerous articles on some of my favorite themes.
SexEdvice Blog
Posts on all manner of teen sexuality and relationships.
Speakeasy Blog
My blog on reproductive rights, sex education, voting, teen pregnancy and more for Alternet.
Articles on cord banking and naked toddlers
Here are some articles on my early parenting experiences
LGBT+ Teens
Here is where I ran the LGBT+ teens site for many years and covered current events, pop culture, health, sexuality and more!

Recent Presentations

The CSE's National Sex Ed Conference
Presentation to the 2017 National Sex Ed Conference.
Park Slope Parents
Recommendations for what to say to your middle schooler, what you can stop worrying about, and how you can make this communication as healthy, informative, and comfortable as...
Sex:Tech Conference


How I Talk to My Daughter About Privacy (Plus, Expert Tips)
Check out my comments on how to talk to kids about sex.
11 Things You've Always Wanted to Know About Penises But Were Too Embarrassed to Ask
Here I help Seventeen break down what you really need to know about penises.

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