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287 FEAR AND SEX EDUCATIONSoc 287 Fall, 2014
STILL AN AREA OF CONTENTIONVaries greatly by community and statesGuided by three opposing principles:
#1,ONE- WHO GETS TO DECIDE MORALITY?Parents?Individuals ( teens)Sex educators?The community?
AND WHAT IS THE GREATER PRINCIPLE: MORALITY OR SCIENCE?
#2.CAN AND SHOULD TEENS BE ABSTINENT?Belief that abstinence is possible and preferableBelief that teens have a right to their sexuality and need information on how to conduct it
THE FACT OR POSSIBILITY OF ADOLESCENT SEXUALITY DIFFERS BY CULTURE!6 OR YOUNGER in Japan, China , India, all of Europe except for Ireland and MaltaBut whether or not teens have the right to be sexual is hotly contested ground in the U. S.
WILL INFORMATION PROTECT OR CORRUPT TEEN SEXUALITY?Belief that giving teens information about sex and particularly, contraception will encourage experimentation and sexual behaviorBelief that education will not encourage teens to be sexual but will make them safer if they are sexually active.
OTHER ISSUES: SHOULD COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION INCLUDE ABSTINENCE?The belief that all options should be utilizedThe belief that the tenants of abstinence education, as now practiced, are incompatible with comprehensive education.
THE MAIN FEDERALLY FUNDED GUIDELINESTeach that social, physiological and health gains come from abstinence not sexual behaviorTeach that abstinence outside of marriage is the expected standard for all school age childrenIt is the only certain way to avoid out of wedlock pregnancy, STDs, and other health problemsTeach that sex outside of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physiological consequencesTeach how to reject advances , and how drugs and alcohol use increase vulnerability