Sex education and the condom

Nicole Vitellone

in Object Matters

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780719075681
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700877 | DOI:
Sex education and the condom

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This chapter analyses the social effects of sex education for adolescents. Focusing on the period post-1986, it examines the impact of AIDS education, and in particular safer-sex education in the classroom. The main point of concern is the framing of sexual knowledge of the condom in public secondary high schools. By comparing and contrasting the provision of sex education in the US, UK and Australia, the chapter draws attention to the differences and similarities in present and past histories of sex education, and in so doing, highlights how the regulation of adolescent sexuality in the era of AIDS concerns the object of the condom. The overall argument is that sex education concerns the regulation of the adolescent's sexual future.

Keywords: adolescents; AIDS education; safer-sex education; public high schools; adolescent sexuality

Chapter.  8651 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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