David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Moral Education 26 (3):285-300 (1997)
Abstract Because norms related to sexuality are an important determinant of the nature of society, sexuality education in schools is the subject of passionate debate. This discourse reflects a struggle between Restrictive and Permissive sexual ideologies. These ideologies compete for influence in shaping sexuality education. As a result, some sexuality education programmes constitute ideological indoctrination. Many other programmes, because of the ideological conflict surrounding sexuality, omit important sexual health information. The objective of this paper is to articulate the basic parameters of a democratic philosophy of sexuality education. The aim of this philosophy is to accommodate ideological pluralism related to sexuality while simultaneously ensuring that educational programmes provide the necessary information and skills to facilitate the human right to sexual health. Based on Rawls? (1993) theory of political liberalism, this philosophy proposes that sexuality education ought to be centred upon the overlapping consensus within a democracy on the right to freedom of belief. In contrast to many prevailing forms of sexuality education, it is contended that a democratic educational approach must facilitate the ability to deliberate critically between competing ideological perspectives on sexuality. The Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education are offered as an example of a democratic philosophy of sexuality education. In conclusion, evidence is provided to suggest that parents support a democratic approach to sexuality education
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Ronald Morris (1997). Myths of Sexuality Education. Journal of Moral Education 26 (3):353-361.
James T. Sears (1997). Centering Culture: Teaching for Critical Sexual Literacy Using the Sexual Diversity Wheel. Journal of Moral Education 26 (3):273-283.
Young-Hee Shim (2001). Feminism and the Discourse of Sexuality in Korea: Continuities and Changes. [REVIEW] Human Studies 24 (1-2):133-148.
Paul Ramsey (1988). Human Sexuality in the History of Redemption. Journal of Religious Ethics 16 (1):56 - 86.
Alice Adams (2004). Of Rats and Women: Fetal Sexuality and Hybrid Agency. Journal of Medical Humanities 25 (3):205-221.
Don E. Marietta (1996). Philosophy of Sexuality. M.E. Sharpe.
Lisa Brick (2010). What Works in Sexuality Education. Bioethics Research Notes 22 (2):22.
J. Mark Halstead (2005). Islam, Homophobia and Education: A Reply to Michael Merry. Journal of Moral Education 34 (1):37-42.
Amy Allen (2000). The Anti-Subjective Hypothesis: Michel Foucault and the Death of the Subject. Philosophical Forum 31 (2):113–130.
Gail Hawkes (1996). A Sociology of Sex and Sexuality. Open University Press.
Dennis L. Carlson (1991). Conflict And Change in the Discourse on Sexuality Education. Educational Theory 41 (4):343-359.
Romana Rosalie Byrne, Sadomasochism as Aesthetic Sexuality: A Cultural History From the Late Eighteenth Century to the Present.
Linda Lemoncheck (1998). Loose Women, Lecherous Men: A Feminist Philosophy of Sex. Philosophical Studies 89 (2-3):369-373.
Added to index2010-09-02
Total downloads5 ( #225,921 of 1,100,827 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #115,533 of 1,100,827 )
How can I increase my downloads?