Amy Johnson

The ‘P’ word

Failing to communicate well in a relationship about sexual behavior can end up leading to disappointment, shame, exploitation, coercion and even assault.

 

Pro what exactly?

If we are truly pro-life, we should be voting overwhelmingly for affordable health care, affordable child care and an increase in minimum wage.

 

Sex ed bill: Fact or fiction

If we can provide this education for those who need it, it is our responsibility to do so — in our schools, in our churches and anywhere else we can promote respect and inclusion.

 

Supporting gender equality

“Mansplaining” happens when a man explains something, usually to a woman, in a way that is patronizing.

Condoms and education save lives

It’s also about chipping away at the persistent shame around sexual behavior that leads to real harm.

Top 10 hopes for 2019

I hope that the efforts to create support for LGBTQ parents in Federal Way thrive.

Give the gift of gender neutrality

There are real consequences to gender stereotypes.

Consent education starts at home

What are your rules about showing affection to relatives?

#BelieveSurvivors

Less than 8 percent of all sexual assault reports are false.

Kids are dying to learn about sexuality

School should not be a place where lives are threatened, whether by gun violence, or by ignorant and vitriolic bullying that contributes to suicide.

Summer sensuality in Federal Way

As the summer begins to wind down, I want to encourage us all to take a moment and enjoy it with our bodies. Yes, this… Continue reading

Sexual harassment: Another one bites the dust

As I began to write an opinion piece earlier this summer, the internet was blowing up with the latest sexual harassment scandal: Morgan Freeman. Sigh.… Continue reading

Fake apologies imply our kids’ safety is for sale

Here’s a pet peeve of mine: fake apologies. You know what I’m talking about. The ones that sound like this: “I’m sorry you feel that… Continue reading

From Federal Way to Africa: Universal fears about sexuality

I recently had the privilege of being invited to visit a country in Africa to lead a comprehensive and inclusive sexuality training. The local leaders… Continue reading

Amy Johnson: Dear survivors of sexual assault in Federal Way

Dear Survivors, I believe you. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and I want you to know that I believe your stories, I see how… Continue reading

Highlighting real women

Dear Mattel and moms concerned about role models for your daughters, Thank you, Mattel, for once again making changes and additions to your line of… Continue reading

Why we need condoms in Federal Way high schools

February is National Condom Month, and I’m celebrating this year by outlining my top five reasons why we should have condoms available in every Federal… Continue reading

Consent 2.0

Johnson: conversations about consent, dealing with rejection need to happen repeatedly.

My interview with a holiday icon

It’s December, and time for our holiday-themed Sex in the Suburbs article. This year, I reached out to someone near and dear, and who happens… Continue reading

The intersection of HIV stigma and hope | Sex in the Suburbs

Stigma kills. Hidden in attitudes, in what is not said aloud, in exclusion and revulsion, stigma thrives in silence. And it is alive and way… Continue reading