I Want to Hold Your Hand: Abstinence Curricula, Bioethics, and the Silencing of Desire

@article{Wilkerson2013IWT,
  title={I Want to Hold Your Hand: Abstinence Curricula, Bioethics, and the Silencing of Desire},
  author={Abby Lynn Wilkerson},
  journal={Journal of Medical Humanities},
  year={2013},
  volume={34},
  pages={101-108}
}
  • A. Wilkerson
  • Published 7 March 2013
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Medical Humanities
The abstinence approach to sex education remains influential despite its demonstrated ineffectiveness. One bill forbids the “promotion” of “gateway sexual activity,” while requiring outright condemnation of “non-abstinence,” defined so loosely as to plausibly include handholding. Bioethics seldom (if ever) contributes to sex-ed debates, yet exploring the pivotal role of medical discourse reveals the need for bioethical intervention. Sex-ed debates revolve around a theory of human flourishing… 
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