Sex Goes to School

Sex Goes to School

Girls and Sex Education Before the 1960s

eBook - 2008
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When seeking approaches for sex education, few look to the past for guidance. But Susan K. Freeman's investigation of the classrooms of the 1940s and 1950s offers numerous insights into the potential for sex education to address adolescent challenges, particularly for girls. From rural Toms River, New Jersey, to urban San Diego and many places in between, the use of discussion-based classes fostered an environment that focused less on strictly biological matters of human reproduction and more on the social dimensions of the gendered and sexual worlds that the students inhabited. The discussion-based approach emphasized a potentially liberating sense of personal choice and responsibility in young women's relationship decisions, and teachers presented girls' sex lives and gendered behavior as critical to the success of American families and, by extension, the entire way of life of American democracy.
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, Ă2008
ISBN: 9780252091285
0252091280
9781283251082
1283251086
9780252033247
0252033248
9780252075315
0252075315
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvii, 220 pages)
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