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The Sex Education Debates$
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Nancy Kendall

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226922270

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226922294.001.0001

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“Men are Microwaves, Women are Crock-Pots”: Gender Roles in AOUME and CSE

“Men are Microwaves, Women are Crock-Pots”: Gender Roles in AOUME and CSE

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The Sex Education Debates

Nancy Kendall

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the gender roles and norms promulgated in the Abstinence Only Until Marriage education (AOUME) and Comprehensive Sexuality education (CSE) programs. AOUME models draw on a gender ideology that is backed by millennia of religious and social practice. This neotraditionalist model allows AOUM educators to acknowledge and address the effects of socially differentiated gender norms on students' lives, and as such powerfully connects with the gender inequity experiences of teachers, students, and parents. On the other hand, the CSE curricula and programs are largely silent about the realities of gender norms and practices in the United States, attempting instead to create universal human equality by silencing talk about gender. They are thus often out of synch with teachers', students', and parents' lived experiences of gender differences and inequities.

Keywords:   gender norms, AOUME, Comprehensive Sexuality education, morality, sexuality, sex education, gender inequities

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