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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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“What Are We Doing about the Homosexual Threat?”: Scientism, Sexual Identity, and Sexuality Education

“What Are We Doing about the Homosexual Threat?”: Scientism, Sexual Identity, and Sexuality Education

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(p.179) 9 “What Are We Doing about the Homosexual Threat?”: Scientism, Sexual Identity, and Sexuality Education
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The Sex Education Debates
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Nancy Kendall

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226922294.003.0009

This chapter examines how Abstinence Only Until Marriage education (AOUME) and Comprehensive Sexuality education (CSE) programs address the issue of sexual identity. CSE programs pin their arguments about why queer and straight students should be treated equally on a superficial presentation of scientific data and a scientific rationalization of sexual identity, instead of engaging in deeper discussion about whether and why, regardless of the nature of sexual identity, all students should be respected and treated equally. AOUME approaches actively normalize heterosexuality and demonize non-heteronormative choices, and, intended or not, demonize kids who identify and are identified as LGBT.

Keywords:   sexual identity, gender identity, sex education, typologies, AOUME, Comprehensive Sexuality education

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