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Author Doan, Alesha E., 1972-

Title The politics of virginity : abstinence in sex education / Alesha E. Doan and Jean Calterone Williams.

Published Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  306.7320835 DOAN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xx, 185 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Series Reproductive rights and policy, 1558-8734.
Reproductive rights and policy. 1558-8734.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [177]-179) and index.
Contents 1. Under the Radar: The Advent of Stealth Tactics in Morality Policy -- 2. Tightening the Sexuality Noose: Title V and Abstinence-Only Education -- 3. "Good Girls" or "Dirty Whores"? Images and Behaviors of Adolescent Women -- 4. Resurrecting the Chastity Belt: Lessons from Abstinence-Only Curricula -- 5. In Their Own Words: Sexuality, Knowledge, and Power -- 6. Whom and What Are We "Saving"? Morality, Sexuality, and Abstinence.
Summary "The Politics of Virginity details what abstinence programs teach students, exposes the political and religious agendas behind such programs, and analyzes the damaging effects to women of the resurrection of the chastity belt: including sexual disempowerment, distorted power dynamics in relationships, increased vulnerability to sexual assault, increased emotional vulnerability, increased risk of unintended pregnancy, and STD/HIV infection. By focusing on the marriage of morality politics with gender politics and of ignorance with chastity that underlies abstinence-only education, the authors fill a major gap in the literature of reproductive politics and policy."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Williams, Jean Calterone, 1966-
Subject Sex instruction for teenagers -- Political aspects -- United States.
Sex instruction for teenagers -- United States.
Sexual abstinence -- Study and teaching -- Political aspects -- United States.
Sexual abstinence -- Study and teaching -- United States.
ISBN 9780275990091 (alk. paper)
0275990095 (alk. paper)