Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex

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Thunder's Mouth Press, 2003 - Health & Fitness - 313 pages
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Now available in paperback, Judith Levine's controversial book challenges American attitudes towards child and adolescent sexuality-especially attitudes promulgated by a Christian right that has effectively seized control of how sex is taught in public schools. The author-a thoughtful and persuasive journalist and essayist-examines the consequences of "abstinence" only education and its concomitant association of sex with disease, and the persistent denial of pleasure. She notes the trend toward pathologizing young children's eroticized play and argues that Americans should rethink the boundaries we draw in protecting our children from sex. This powerful and illuminating work was nominated for the 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

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User Review  - red_dianthus - LibraryThing

Here is a book that will make you think. At least it made me think. And it made me have one of my semi-annual "let's sit down with my kids and talk about sex' conversations. Because even thought I ... Read full review

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User Review  - hlselz - LibraryThing

Ever want to read a sociology book?!?!? I suggest this one. It is about the way we think about sex in America, and the ways in which we teach our children about it. Levine suggests that keeping sex ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Judith Levine is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Temple University.

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