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Sexual Pedagogies

Sex Education in Britain, Australia, and America, 1879–2000

Editors: Nelson, C., Martin, M. (Eds.)

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Understandings of sexuality and sex education have changed dramatically, and in this collection, the authors explore the various texts that were used to teach, to entertain, to sanction and to form a sexual standard for a nation. According to Nelson and Martin, these include a puberty education, sermons on abstinence, medical writings promoting sexual fulfillment, Hollywood comedies about sexual coming of age and picture books validating homosexuality. The essays included here are designed to illustrate the many responses that Anglophone culture has had to such texts for over a century.

About the authors

LESLEY HALL Archivist in the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, London, UK MARGOT HILLEL Head of the School of Arts and Sciences (Victoria), Australian Catholic University, Australia KENNETH KIDD Assistant Professor of English at the University of Florida, USA MICHELLE MARTIN Assistant Professor of English at Clemson University, South Carolina, USA CLAUDIA NELSON Associate Professor of English at Texas A & M University, USA SHARYN PEARCE Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia ANGELA M. SALAS received her Ph. D. from the University of Nebraska, USA SHURLEE SWAIN Reader in History at Australian Catholic University, Australia ELLEN WARNE Reseach Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Melbourne, Australia

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"Why do some sexual pedagogies succeed and some, perhaps most, fail? Sex education - the whole question of who should be entrusted to persuade whom to do what - has never been so hotly contested as it is today. Yet in many ways the relationship between what is taught and what is practised is as little understood as ever. This thought-provoking volume looks unblinkingly at over a century of efforts, in Britain, the United States and Australia, to intervene in citizens' understandings of their own desires. The contributors take to task purveyors of pornography, children's books, films, sex manuals and tampons, and illuminate some surprising conjunctions between gender, sex and the marketplace." - Trev Lynn Broughton, Center for Women's Studies, University of York

"Nelson and Martin are among the brightest of the younger scholars in the field of children's studies...Sexual Pedagogies reflects a high standard of scholarship, comprehension of a very controversial topic, and original thinking...This is a book that will make students, scholars, librarians, and the general reader think carefully about the problematic nature of sex education." - Jack Zipes, Department of German, University of Minnesota and author of The Brothers Grimm (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Nelson, Claudia (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • That Other Eden: Adult Education and Youthful Sexuality in The Pearl, 1879–1880

    Nelson, Claudia

    Pages 15-32

  • Ignorance Is Not Innocence: Sex Education in Australia, 1890–1939

    Swain, Shurlee (et al.)

    Pages 33-52

  • Eyes Tightly Shut, Lying Rigidly Still, and Thinking of England? British Women and Sex from Marie Stopes to Hite 2000

    Hall, Lesley A.

    Pages 53-71

  • Molding the Man: Sex-Education Manuals for Australian Boys in the 1950s

    Pearce, Sharyn

    Pages 73-93

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sexual Pedagogies
Book Subtitle
Sex Education in Britain, Australia, and America, 1879–2000
Editors
  • C. Nelson
  • M. Martin
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Claudia Nelson and Michelle H. Martin
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-8103-5
DOI
10.1057/9781403981035
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6350-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-52752-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 159
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