Lecture Description

How have different nation-states taught about sex in their public schools? This talk suggests that the United States–often considered a laggard in sex ed–was actually the world leader in the first half of the 20th century, when the US pioneered sex education as a way to fight venereal disease.The American approach came under fire in the post-WWII era from European countries, which tended to stress individual rights and pleasure over social goals and outcomes. In the so-called Third World, finally, sex education–of any kind–was often rejected as a corrupt fruit of the overly sexualized West. How can Western liberals square their twin commitments to sex education and to cultural sensitivity?

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Education Sexuality

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