Making radical changes in sexuality education

November 2004
Contemporary Sexuality;Nov2004, Vol. 38 Issue 11, p1
The article reports that a pair of New Jersey members advocate for making radical changes in sexuality education. It is not that sexuality educators are not teaching about abstinence, but since 1996, when conservative lawmakers inserted funding into welfare reform legislation, the federal government has given much more funding to programs that preach to school-children about the values of abstinence-only-until-marriage. At the 2004 AASECT conference in Chicago, Eva Goldfarb, and Elizabeth Schroeder, led a workshop titled, "Two Steps Forward, No Steps Back: A Continuing Conversation About Making Radical Change in Sexuality Education." According to Goldfarb, there are many, many people in the field of sexuality education doing excellent work, but the discipline is on the defensive. Abstinence-only-until-marriage advocates say sex is only supposed to occur in the context of a marriage, otherwise it is supposed to have harmful psychological, emotional and physical effects. Schroeder states that the conservatives in the U.S. are really sneaky as they added funding to the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 at the last minute.


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