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Sep 25, 2018

As new movements throw fresh awareness on the ills of gender inequality in American life, how can we ensure we raise children with healthy, positive, shame-free, and egalitarian attitudes about bodies, gender, sex, and love? To shed some light on this discussion, author Bonnie J. Rough took Town Hall’s stage in conversation with sexuality and parenting expert Amy Lang and columnist Nicole Brodeur. With wisdom from her book Beyond Birds & Bees: Bringing Home a New Message About Sex, Love, and Equality, Rough shared the story of her journey to the Netherlands as a new mother and the experiences she encountered that transformed her approach to educating her children about our human bodies. Rough brings the conversation of the birds and the bees into the 21st century. Join Rough, Lang, and Brodeur for a discussion on the ways we can support children’s sex-ed, development, and overall well-being across an evolving culture of gender and sexuality.

Bonnie J. Rough is an award-winning author who writes on topics such as parenting, education, and gender equality, and is the author of Beyond Birds & Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids About Sex, Love, and Equality The Girls, Alone: Six Days in Estonia, Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA. She has spoken to audiences across the U.S. and abroad on subjects ranging from science and sexuality to parenting and the writer’s life. Her work has appeared in several anthologies including The Best American Science and Nature Writing and numerous periodicals ranging from The New York Times to Brain, Child.

Amy Lang is a sexuality and parenting expert with over 25 years of experience who has worked with parents and professionals from Alaska to Australia. She is a regular guest on multiple media outlets and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal,, CNNThe Atlantic and the Seattle Times, and she is the author of Birds & Bees & YOUR Kids and Dating Smarts. 

Nicole Brodeur is a features columnist for The Seattle Times. She interviews media personalities, big thinkers, visiting artists, colorful characters and doers of all kinds. 

Recorded live at Phinney Center by Town Hall Seattle on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.