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Effective sex-ed: confessions by a believer

Effective sex-ed: confessions by a believer

However, in light of the general argument on the necessity of sexuality education, such evidence is secondary. Believing in the beneficiality of sex-ed is good sense and legitimate in itself. The same is true for the conviction that young people everywhere are desperate for information about sex and have a right to be educated, or for the notion that adequate sexuality education is a conditio sine qua non of sexual health and crucial in light of global development goals. In calling for particular types of evidence, sex-ed’s broader objectives are narrowed down, and its many merits put out of sight. Not surprisingly then, the call for ‘evidence’ is often strategically entered into the political and moral wars over sexuality education. In this keynote I take the opportunity to reflect on sex-ed’s rationale, on the promises and challenges it (presently) holds, and on directions for future sex-ed research.

Conference: Demo