‘Pleasure has no passport’: re-visiting the potential of pleasure in sexuality education

  title={‘Pleasure has no passport’: re-visiting the potential of pleasure in sexuality education},
  author={Louisa Allen and Moira Carmody},
  journal={Sex Education},
  pages={455 - 468}
The idea that pleasure might form a part of sexuality education is no longer a ‘new’ idea in the field of sexuality studies. In this paper we examine how originally conceived notions of pleasure have been ‘put to work’ and theoretically ‘taken up’ in relation to sexuality and education. It is our contention that because of the nature of discourse and varying cultural and political contexts, pleasure has been operationalised in ways we did not intend or foresee. Throughout this discussion we… 

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