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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Review: Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex

User Review  - David - Goodreads

Very thought provoking. Sees sexuality as a continuum from birth through sexual maturity. And tells us to light up when young children explore their physical feelings and body parts. Points out that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

This was worth reading, although her thoughts on statutory rape were a little liberal even for me. Read full review

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Judith Levine is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Temple University.

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