Title

Going too Far? Sex, Sin, and Social Policy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2005

Department

Sociology

Language

English

Publication Title

Social Forces

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of the Religious Right on American social policy as it relates to family, sexuality and reproductive health. The article focuses on the current debates and practices of abstinence-until-marriage programs vs. comprehensive sex education programs — and the ways in which they reflect and affect cultural attitudes about sexuality, teenagers, parents and rights. The manuscript is based on comparative fieldwork, including participant observations in schools and interviews in the United States and Denmark with teenagers, teachers and sexuality educators. We question whether it is sex education that goes too far in promoting early and promiscuous sex or the Religious Right in attempting to censor vital information and services from young people.

Comments

Published as:
Rose, Susan. "Going too Far? Sex, Sin, Social Policy." Social Forces 84, no. 2 (2005): 1207-32.
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Reprinted in:
Stombler, Mindy et al., Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader. 2nd ed. Boston: Pearson, 2007.

DOI

10.1353/sof.2006.0032

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