What Does Look Both Ways Mean?


The concept of Look Both Ways was created by Dr. Betsy Cairo, a reproductive biologist and educator.  She had just attended an abstinence-only training course and couldn’t get this comparison out of her mind…... “Abstinence-only programs are like telling your kids to only look one way when they cross the street.  By focusing all of our attention in one direction, kids are blind-sided by the traffic coming from the opposite way the very moment they decide to step into the street.”

This thought fueled Cairo to start an organization that teaches students to ‘look both ways’ at abstinence and at sexual activity.  By focusing on science-based information about our bodies and the risks and responsibilities that come with being sexually active, Look Both Ways empowers students of every culture, religion, sexual orientation, and gender to make educated choices about their reproductive health.