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Girls, Boys, and Junior Sexualities: Exploring Children Gender and Sexual Relations in the Primary School


reviewed by Catherine Ashcraft — November 13, 2006

coverTitle: Girls, Boys, and Junior Sexualities: Exploring Children Gender and Sexual Relations in the Primary School
Author(s): Emma Renold
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415314976, Pages: 206, Year: 2005
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“Coz my sister knows that I’m going through the stage coz my sister’s two years older than me and she knows that er she’s been through the stage before and she knows that I’m growing up and I want to know about it…She goes to the shop and just buys me a magazine like with all the stuff in and like sex pages and everything…Yeah it [sex education video] hasn’t got enough detail” (Pete, Year 6 student, p. 140). These are troubled times for youth sexualities. Regressive educational policies and alarmist public rhetoric permeate many a national conversation around youth, sexuality, and sex education. This is particularly true in the U.S. where, in the past decade alone, federal funding for abstinence-only programs has tripled (Dailard, 2002). Not one dime of this funding goes to comprehensive sex education–the only programs consistently supported by two decades of scientific research (e.g. Kirby, 2001, 1999;... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 13, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12837, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 6:37:18 AM

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  • Catherine Ashcraft
    University of Colorado, Boulder
    Catherine Ashcraft is a Research Scientist at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her current research focuses on how schooling, popular culture, and public rhetoric interact to shape student identities and educational experiences, particularly in terms of sexuality, gender, race, and class. Her most recent publications include "Girl, you better go get you a condom": Popular culture and teen sexuality as resources for critical multicultural curriculum in Teachers College Record and "Ready or not?": Teen sexuality and the troubling discourse of readiness" in Anthropology & Education Quarterly.
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