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    Sexuality, Schooling, and Adolescent Females

    The Missing Discourse of Desire

    Michelle Fine
    Michelle Fine argues that the anti-sex rhetoric surrounding sex education and school-based health clinics does little to enhance the development of sexual responsibility and subjectivity in adolescents. Despite substantial evidence on the success of both school-based health clinics and access to sexuality information, the majority of public schools do not sanction or provide such information. As a result, female students, particularly low-income ones, suffer most from the inadequacies of present sex education policies. Current practices and language lead to increased experiences of victimization, teenage pregnancy, and increased dropout rates, and consequently, " . . combine to exacerbate the vulnerability of young women whom schools, and the critics of sex education and school-based health clinics, claim to protect.”
    The author combines a thorough review of the literature with her research in public schools to make a compelling argument for “sexuality education” that fosters not only thefull development of a sexual self but education in its broadest sense.

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    Spring 1988 Issue

    Abstracts

    Fundamental Considerations
    The Deep Meaning of Native American Schooling, 1880-1900
    David Wallace Adams
    Sexuality, Schooling, and Adolescent Females
    The Missing Discourse of Desire
    Michelle Fine
    Racelessness as a Factor in Black Students' School Success
    Pragmatic Strategy or Pyrrhic Victory?
    Signithia Fordham
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