Sex Education in the Eighties

Sex Education in the Eighties

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The odd reader (here in England qoddq means occasional) may be interested in how a book comes about. Members of the SIECUS Board of Directors were planning a Festschrift and dinner for Mary Calderone on the occasion of her 75th birthday. One planning idea was to have a booklet, filled with brief essays from prominent sex educators, distributed between the roast beef and the ice cream. My reaction was that such qsouvenirsq find their burial place in the same dusty drawer as the program from the high school prom and ticket stubs from South Pacific. I suggested a more lasting, noticeable qmonument, q a qproperq (as the English say) book which would draw contributions from both SIECUS and non-SIECUS scholars. 1 was too clever to be trapped as editor (in a 1974 preface, I had written qI swore 1 wouldn't edit another bookq). And so I seduced Lorna Brown (into being editor). I contacted a few potential con tributors, suggested a few others, convinced Leonard Pace at Plenum Press that this was a worthwhile venture, and left the country. To my amaze ment, six months after settling in Cambridge, England, the rough draft of the book arrived along with areminder from Lorna that during the se duction I had promised to write an Introduction.It was no longer something to be put off until the sex organs attained their reproductive functions. One of the most comprehensive studies of the 1970s was carried out in Cleveland by the Project on Human Sexual Development (Roberts aamp; Holt, 1980). ... A study of the mothers of seventh-grade girls (Bloch, 1978) revealed that about 20% of those interviewed had never ... discussed the malea#39;s role in intercourse and reproduction, and 68% had not talked about any aspect of birth control.

Title:Sex Education in the Eighties
Author: Lorna Brown
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-12-06

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