Sex Goes to School by Susan K. Freeman
Girls and Sex Education before the 1960s_x000B_

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When seeking approaches for sex education, few look to the past for guidance. But Susan K. Freeman's investigation of the classrooms of the 1940s and 1950s offers numerous insights into the potential for sex education to address adolescent challenges, particularly for girls. From rural Toms River, New Jersey, to urban San Diego and many places in between, the use of discussion-based classes fostered an environment that focused less on strictly biological matters of human reproduction and more on the social dimensions of the gendered and sexual worlds that the students inhabited. The discussion-based approach emphasized a potentially liberating sense of personal choice and responsibility in young women's relationship decisions, and teachers presented girls' sex lives and gendered behavior as critical to the success of American families and, by extension, the entire way of life of American democracy.
 

About Susan K. Freeman

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Susan K. Freeman is an assistant professor of women's studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
 
Published June 23, 2008 by University of Illinois Press. 242 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help. Non-fiction

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