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]

United States of America


Assorted Articles and Blogs

Rewire News

Articles on teen sexuality and sexual health and how our current approaches aren't really doing the trick.

Everyday Feminism

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...

All my articles as a contributing writer for the site

Everyday Feminism

Check out some of my favorites, to the right and below.

Everyday Feminism

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...

Everyday Feminism

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...

Everyday Feminism

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...

Everyday Feminism

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...

Hold the Line

How Sexism Hurts Boys

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.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

The Kishori Vatika Night Shelter in India

Everyone is Gay

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.

Nature Medicine

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.


Sexuality, parenting, marriage and more

Numerous articles on some of my favorite themes.


SexEdvice Blog

Posts on all manner of teen sexuality and relationships.