to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex
by Judith Levine,
Foreword by Dr. Joycelyn M. Elders
University of Minnesota Press | 296 pages
ISBN 0-8166-4006-8 | hardcover/jacket | $25.95
radical, refreshing, and long overdue reassessment of how we think and act about
children¹s and teens¹ sexuality.
"A vitally important
book." from the foreword by Dr. Joycelyn M. Elders
Sex is a wonderful,
crucial part of growing up, and children and teens can enjoy the pleasures of
the body and be safe, too. In this important and controversial book, Judith Levine
makes this argument and goes further, asserting that America¹s attempts to
protect children from sex are worse than ineffectual. It is the assumption of
danger and the exclusive focus on protectionwhat Levine terms "the
sexual politics of fear"that are themselves harmful to minors.
more information, including excerpts on pedophilia and censorship as well as a
Q and A with the author, visit the book's webpage: www.upress.umn.edu/Books/L/levine_harmful.html
articles on the book:
a review by Joanne Alcantara
Sex Education Programs 'Threaten' Health of Young People - 2002 Report by
Human Rights Watch .... Abstinence-only sex education programs are "threatening"
the health of young people by excluding information on condom use and other methods
of preventing HIV transmission. The report, titled "Ignorance Only: HIV/AIDS,
Human Rights and Federally Funded Abstinence-Only Programs in the United States,"
analyzes several abstinence-only programs and ad campaigns in Texas. Texas was
selected as the case study for the report because a substantial share of federal
funding for abstinence-only programs is allocated to the state and because Texas
has actively promoted abstinence-only programs statewide. [Hmmm, could it have
anything to do with Texas being President Bush's home state.]
to great websites
Feminist Women's Health Center