Sex Education’s Lessons in Inequality

Sex Education’s Lessons in Inequality Sex Roles (2009) 61:133–135 DOI 10.1007/s11199-009-9590-z BOOK REVIEW Risky Lessons: Sex Education and Social Inequality. By Jessica Fields, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Rutgers University Press, 2008. 204 pp. $22.95 (paperback). ISBN: 978-0-8135-4335-2 Sinikka Elliott Published online: 4 February 2009 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2009 Debates over school-based sex education have been The book begins with an empirical look at the debates commonplace across the USA in recent decades (e.g., over sex education in North Carolina. Although recent Irvine 2002; Luker 2006). These debates have largely ethnographies have examined these debates as they have centered on whether youth should be taught contraceptive occurred across the USA (e.g., Irvine 2002; Luker 2006), information (i.e., comprehensive sex ed) or should be Risky Lessons is the first to examine not only the debates, taught solely to abstain from sex until marriage (i.e., but also how sex education policy is translated into district- abstinence-only sex ed), with any given sex education wide curricula and implemented (or not) in the classroom. program’s success gauged in terms of its ability to reduce Fields’ examination of the debates over sex education also the negative consequences of teen sexual activity. In this adds a new dimension—the Sex Roles Springer Journals

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