On Taking an Interpretive Risk in Sex Education
by Brian Casemore, Karyn Sandlos & Jen Gilbert - April 13, 2011
Sex education in the United States remains stuck in a conceptual deadlock between discourses of abstinence and the promise of scientific rationality. In both versions, however, sexuality is understood as a risk from which youth must be protected. What remains obscured in this debate are the challenges youth face interpreting emotional experiences of sexuality experiences in excess of the language of biology, psychology, public health, and religion. We argue that sex education must be an opportunity for youth to think through the emotional experience of sexuality and to develop new perspectives on the sexual dilemmas they encounter.
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