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Talk About Sex By Janice M. Irvine

Talk About Sex by Janice M. Irvine

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Exploring the clash between professional sex education advocates on the one hand and the politicized Christian Right on the other, this title demonstrates the role that sexual speech plays in cultural politics. It examines a range of issues played out in living rooms and schools since the 1960s.

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Talk About Sex: The Battles over Sex Education in the United States by Janice M. Irvine

In this lively book, Janice M. Irvine offers not only the first comprehensive history of the culture wars over sex education but also an important examination of the politics of sexual speech in the United States. Exploring the clash between professional sex education advocates on the one hand and the politicized Christian Right on the other, Irvine vividly demonstrates the crucial role that sexual speech plays in cultural politics. Examining a range of issues played out in living rooms and schools since the 1960s, she shows how a newly emerging Christian Right chose sex education as one of its first battlegrounds, then went on to dominate the public conversation on the subject. "Talk about Sex" is a rich and fascinating consideration of American sex education's strategic place in the long history of efforts to regulate sexual morality by controlling sexual speech. Irvine's original argument shows how sex education served as a bridge issue between the Old Right and the New Right. Exploring the political uses of emotion as it relates to sexuality, Irvine demonstrates how this movement draws on the tenacious power of sexual shame and fear in order to galvanize opposition to sex education. This book skillfully demonstrates how - by framing sex education as radical, dangerous, and immoral - the Right has fostered a climate in which it is risky, as former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders found, to speak out in support of sexuality education.

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"A remarkably acute work, with great insights for historians interested in post-1960s politics, issues of free speech, and the history of sexuality." - Helen Horowitz, Journal of American History"

About Janice M. Irvine

Janice M. Irvine is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of Disorders of Desire: Sex and Gender in Modern American Sexology (1990).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1. Redefining Sex, 1964: A Prologue Chapter 2. Days of Rage Chapter 3. Born-Again Sexual Politics Chapter 4. The New Sexual Revolution Chapter 5. Victims, Villains, ... and Neighbors Chapter 6. Doing It with Words Chapter 7. The Passions of Culture Wars Chapter 8. The Politics of Aversion Chapter 9. If Asked, Don't Tell: A Final Comment On Methods and Terminology Appendix: Opponents of Comprehensive Sex Education Notes Index

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CIN000646923
9780520243293
0520243293
Talk About Sex: The Battles over Sex Education in the United States by Janice M. Irvine
Used - Very Good
Paperback
University of California Press
2004-08-02
294
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