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Progressive Sexuality Education

The Conceits of Secularism, 1st Edition

By Mary Lou Rasmussen


196 pages

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This book engages contemporary debates about the notion of secularism outside of the field of education in order to consider how secularism shapes the formation of progressive sexuality education. Focusing on the US, Canada, Ireland, Aotearoa-New Zealand and Australia, this text considers the affinities, prejudices, and attachments of scholars who advocate secular worldviews in the context of sexuality education, and some of the consequences that ensue from these ways of seeing.

This study identifies and interrogates how secularism infuses progressive sexuality education. It asks readers to consider their own investments in particular ways of thinking and researching in the field of sexuality education, and to think about how these investments have developed and how they shape existing discourses within the field of sexuality education. It hones in on how progressive sexuality education has come to develop in the way that it has, and how this relates to conceits of secularism. This book prompts a consideration of how "progressive" scholarship and practice might get in the way of meaningful conversations with students, teachers, and peers who think differently about the field of sexuality education.

Table of Contents

Introduction. 2. Faith, progressive sexuality education and queer secularism: Unsettling associations. 3. Sexuality education in public schools in Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand. 4. Sex panics, sexuality education, secular explanations. 5. Pleasure/desire, secularism, and sexuality education. 6. On not feeling homophobic. 7. Progressive public pedagogies of pregnancy and choice. 8. Ireland, Canada and Australia: Tracing progressive sexuality education across borders. Conclusion: The conceits of secularism in sexuality education

About the Author

Mary Lou Rasmussen is Associate Professor of Education at Monash University, Australia.

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Routledge Research in Education

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Health & Sexuality
RELIGION / Education
RELIGION / Sexuality & Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies